Monthly Archives: December 2014

Southern Exposures by the Numbers

Here is our trip by the numbers;
– 32 nights (3 land, 2 air, 27 ship)
– 28,000 km (12,500 sea, 15,500 air)
– 4 continents (NA, EU, AF, SA)
– 8 countries (P, S, M, CV, BR, UR, AR, CH)
– 15 ports of call (did not get into Porto Bello)
– 3 cabins (Inside F cat., B1 veranda, B3 veranda)
– 20 bottles of wine brought on board
– 2 bottles of liquor brought on board
– 3 bottles of wine drunk during 4 open bar events
– gained 5-6 pounds
– 20 lobster tails, 10 lbs of prawns, 10 lbs of fish, 6 steaks eaten
– 8 bowls of ice cream, 5 smoothies, 20 cookies
– 200 laps swum in ship’s pool
– 20 km walked on board ship
– 50 people met
– 200 hrs slept on board
– 23 deg C ave temp whole trip
– 4 rainy days
– 2 equator crossings (1 ship, 1 air)
– 1092 photos
– 2 very satisfied people

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Adios Buenos Aires

We arrived on a very wet and windy Sunday in BA. Temp was 16 deg, not a nice day. Took the free shuttle to the Plaza Hotel. From there we took a cab for our private tango lesson in Avenida Cordoba.

Well, private instructor Nora greeted us in her dance studio apartment. There was another couple there to help demonstrate and teach. We learned to caress the floor with our feet and to do the basic tango steps. However, Dave was clutsy and Marie couldn’t follow him. After 90 minutes we were sweating and happy to finish. Nora conceded that the Tango is difficult to learn and it takes several lessons. We thanked them and promised to continue lessons once we got back home.

Web went back to Florida Ave and tried to do some shopping but it was to cool and windy. After hanging out in an upscale mall, we headed back for our last evening on board. We enjoyed a flamengo guitar concert. Eating in the main dining room, we said our goodbyes to Ravi and Gilbert. Also gave tips to Guandoly and Ernie. Could not find Sageer sadly enough.

Hanging out in Horizons before disembarking, a Tim walked up and asked if we would like to join them for a half day tour with airport drop. Well this was greatly appreciated.

We toured the city in a minie bus with two other couples (Niagara on the Lake, Oregon). Jorge was our excellent driver. We saw the La Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. Drove down the broad streets past the pink palace. Stopped for some shopping in La Boca. Saw many other neighborhoods and buildings driving by.

Went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch. Very reasonable price, good food and service. Back on the mini bus to Ezeira airport we arrived right on time. Check in with Air Canada went smoothly and now we await departure: Santiago Chile, Toronto and then on to Ottawa.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord for a fabulous holiday!!!

 La Recoleta Cemetery

 Busy city.

 The Pink Palace

 Shopping in La Boca

 He’s everywhere!
Says it all about the culture.

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