On the evening of the 6th, we were scheduled to meet up with our new Intrepid Tour group at our hotel. It turns out to be a very small group with four from Australia, two from the UK, plus Tim and me.
Our guide, Juani, has been with Intrepid for two years and about the same age as our son.
Three of the Aussies are a family (father Peter and two daughters, Sarah age 30 and in her final year of nursing school, and Leyna who I have not had a chance to visit with much yet). This is Peters first International trip. The fourth member of their party, James, is I believe 29, and a former musician who was Juilliard trained. The four of them met 23 days earlier when they were all together on the optional Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru portion of this trip. They have already bonded, having hiked the Inca trail together and survived what was described as a miserable rainy experience.
The two from the UK are Mehul, a librarian, born in Kenya of Indian heritage and Uma who lived in Sri Lanka for the first 30 years of her life. We were supposed to have one more lady with us from New Zealand who never showed up.
We walked a distance from the hotel for dinner out as a group. Steak was the main suggested offering, and the proportions were so enormous that half portions were offered. Tim and I both tried a top loin, ordered medium rare, but it was delivered to us medium to medium well done, which resulted in a less than tender result. Wonderful flavor though.
We have still to have THAT steak dinner we had hoped for.
The group is friendly and we are looking forward to getting to know everyone better as we progress.
The next morning was our first full day of the tour. Meeting in the lobby at 9:30, we were off for a long walking tour that would also combine riding on city busses as well as the subway.
I am the oldest in this group. It paid off when we were traveling on a standing room only bus, as I was offered a seat 🙂
Several places, including Plaza de Mayo and La Boca were repeats for us, but we did gain a little more insights as Juani filled in some blanks with stories and history. Tim and I are starting to learn our way around and now appreciate how well located our hotel is.
Here are a few pictures taken today:
It seems to be all about FOOD here. At least meat. These were taken over a couple of days, but the amount of meat is overwhelming to those of us who only occasionally eat red meat.
A refreshing change – fresh squeezed orange juice with a splash of lemon. Delish!
Lunch time we stopped for pizza. Juani ordered three varieties for our group. They were wonderful. My favorite was one piled high with thinly sliced onions and stuffed with ham and cheese. Another one had red peppers and olives on it.
As an optional evening, Tim, Mehul and I went to a tango show. The evening started at 8:00 with a tango dance lesson. Both Tim and I have two left feet, but we did get a few laughs out of our attempts to learn a few basic steps.
In truth we were total failures, lol!
The dinner was just OK, as is often the case with dinner shows, but the tango show itself was fabulous. The music and vocalists were very talented and their performances were woven in between some of the most impressive dancing we have seen.
Especially after having tried to learn even the most basic of steps and failing miserably, we could appreciate even more the intricate steps, quick foot and leg flicks, lifts, splits and sensual teamwork.
The close to a very fun evening:
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that I will never have to see the people again who witnessed our feeble and pathetic attempt at dancing the tango, LOL. I now have even more respect for the amazing talent, artistry and athletic abilities of the tango dancers!