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January 13, 2009
Off to work--although some might not call it that. There are vendors to meet, samples to inspect, and plenty of shops to visit right here in our neighborhood. First, to Arandú, a high-end shop for the polo enthusiasts and wealthy gauchos, everything from horse blankets to fine leather saddles and boots. I could spend hours here.
Next, the posh boutiques along Avenida Alvear and neighboring side streets. The women in Buenos Aires remind me of Parisian women. They dress beautifully and care extravagantly about their appearance. There may be something to their high-protein, grass-fed beef diet because they’re all size 2 or smaller. My friend, Cynthia, who lives in the Belgrano district, is a perfect size 8. For many years she had to buy her clothes in the U.S..
Time for lunch. Knowing that we’ll feast on bife tonight, we opt for a lighter lunch of baked empanadas at El Sanjuanino. The hot flakey dough encases nearly a dozen varieties of fillings. At a little more than 50 cents each, I can afford to be adventurous. I go for three: a cheese & onion, the spicy beef, and one spinach. Delicioso!
Afterwards, we hop a taxi to the Villa Crespo, the leather district. Taxis in town are easy and inexpensive, too. Unlike in so many major cities, there’s no dearth of cabs and a trip of any distance rarely costs more than a few bucks (the 3.5 pesos-to-one dollar exchange doesn’t hurt either).
After all, nothing mars my day like being taken for a ride. How about you?