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BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

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BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

OK, I admit it…I organize like the Capricorn that I am. But, really, sometimes things still get screwed up beyond my fault. And our arrival 2012 was one of those times.

Our departure, flight, customs, Banco de la Nacion and VIP remis service went off smoothly and comfortably. Then it started……..

We were driven up to our rental apartment complex –with more luggage than we usually allow ourselves as we are here for ~ 10 weeks - and that stupid neck pillow …well never mind that now.

Blithely (naively ?) I said in my less than excellent Castillano, ‘Buen Dia we are Sr/a ‘Marnie’. May we have the keys for Apt. # xxx, which should be waiting with you ?’ He searched, and searched – DH and I stood there looking at each other surrounded by the luggage. Then the gent looked again, we began to sweat (it was near to 100 degrees f). DH asked the man to telephone Sra J., the woman who serves as liaison for the owners; he does so and ushers us into the cool and comfortable lobby…where we sat for about one hour. At that point, I went back out to the gate at which time he informed me that her cell was off; the phone in the apartment was off – and by now DH and I are getting just a bit off.

[Here you might wonder why he had not come into the lobby to give us this important info – your guess is as good….]

In the meantime, DH tried to use his cell on AT&T to call our daughter in NJ so as to have her contact the owners BUT NO – the International codes would not work…and we did not have WiFi connection in the lobby @@##$%%^^%% I asked the guard for anyone in the complex who might have a master key – no luck, no one.

So, here I am, the queen of plan B (for travel, not birthcontrol) and I was so confident, that I did not have a list of hotels - and may I remind any of you who are still with me here….lots of luggage ! And Not Big Lifters we.

Finally, one of the younger guards, probably feeling sorry for us, offered to walk with us to a hotel he said was nearby…and it was only 4-5 very hot, tired blocks away.

A wee shout-out for the Alpine Hotel: They found us a room – pleasant, clean, air-conditioned etc. comfortable beds with nice personnel.

Five minutes after getting into the room – I kid you not, it was literally 5 minutes – the concierge telephones to let us know that the guard now had our keys and he was downstairs to re-conduct us to the Apartment complex. Of course, the hotel was not able to refund our charge !!! but I charmed him into letting me talk to the manager, and we were un-charged for the 5 minutes (we hadn’t even see the bathroom yet).

FINALLY, we make it, luggage and all, into the apartment. We collapsed onto the sofa and billows of dust burst around us. We just laughed.

And that is one of the real positives of this boring tale…DH and I remained calm and avoided that old Blame Game through every minute of this travel weary frustration. More positives: the apartment is nice, the location ideal for us and we have a pool and a gym. We have heard from friends and are already making wonderful social plans.

After cleaning up, DH and I headed to ANNETTA’s (this won’t surprise my friends and fellow travelers). Well, the pasta and drinks and carrot salad were wonderful – the atmosphere and service delightful; and, as an added effort of the gods to make up for our inauspicious arrival, they had a BELLY DANCER with good, live accompaniment! It turns out that they have begun Monday Middle-Eastern Nights – it is an option, but at 80 pesos fixed menu with the dancer, how could you pass it up ?

Tuesday – Day 2 we had the delightful good fortune to meet brk01 and his DS for a drink in the café by the fountain in our complex. DH and I agreed that they are among the most interesting and charming men…

Today, the Jumbo run. Took the collectivo there and a full-of-bags taxi back – and we do feel as if we are home (thanks for sharing, Dr_D !)

Scarlett’s weather report was accurate – sultry today, but less than the near 100 degrees of the last 2 days – and I like sultry  when I am not draggin’ luggage.

So, stay tuned, if you can tolerate more…and we will post the highlights of this, our 5th visit to BsAs.

Edited: 11 January 2012, 20:12
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1. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

Welcome back Marnie; so happy to hear that you made it safely.

Enjoy your stay here in Buenos Aires!!

Suerte!!

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2. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

Welcome Marnie!

I SAW the sign at Annetta's advertising the belly-dancer dinners!

I was thinking about letting you know about them, and I see you beat me to learning the latest news of the barrio ... now tell me you found out by yourself colectivo's Nr. 10 new route for Jumbo, and I'll gladly surrender my Argentinian DNI to you !!!

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3. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

Thank you Ricardo, so glad to be back.

Vero: We took collectivo # 160 at Salguero and Las Heras.

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4. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

Welcome back ... maybe you brought some cooler weather with you ?

With a beginning like that, the rest of your stay is bound to be perfecto.

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5. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

I once took 10 all the way out to the southern suburb to visit a friend. Whole different world out that way.

Marnie, sorry things got off to a shaky start with the apt. Hopefully all glitches are now in the past.

Edited: 12 January 2012, 00:10
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6. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

REALLY glad it all worked out!

Have passed the Alpine Hotel numerous times and wondered how it was.......but would NOT want to find out the way you did.

Within short order you will enjoy the guys at both security stations.

To you and Vince: keep cool and enjoy EVERY moment. I'm really jealous right now. Had another darn snowfall today and it's 6 degrees F at the moment.. So much for paradise.

Looking forward to your delightful posts.

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7. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

Oh Marnie really glad you're back, you gave me so much help for our trip and I'm already enjoying your report from BA, can't wait for the updates.

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8. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

Marnie: What an experience!

We are hot on your heels. We will be arriving Jan 25th. We have been packing like mad. We are both trying to keep the amount that we are taking for 6 weeks under control!

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9. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

Marnie,

Nice shout out to the Alpine Hotel - its nice when management does the right thing and the benefactors take the time to recognize them. Well done. Hope the rest of your stay is a bell ringer - I'll be heading that way in the near future and look forward to reading about your excursions and recommendations. Travel safe.

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10. Re: BAck in BsAs...The Best Laid Plans

>>So, here I am, the queen of plan B (for travel, not birthcontrol) <<

That literally made me laugh out loud :)

Sorry the trip got off to a rough start... I certainly know what Displaced in South America feels like (even if it was only for a couple of hours.) I swear, I feel like there should be a sign in the Arrivals section of Ezeiza: "Bienvenidos! And abandon organization, all ye who enter here."