Arrived back in BA this morning after a 20 hr. bus ride from Salta that began with a most adventurous departure (another novel--err post--on my 2nd trip with Angie to follow shortly!)
After fortifying myself with a REAL doble cortado at the bus station, took a remis (as recommended ad nauseum by Av, DD, Ilana, etc.) from Retiro to Barrio Norte for $20 Arg. Probably more than hailing a cab from the corner, but worth the extra whopping $5 Arg it probably cost me just for the security of having a "receipt" for my taxi. Got to my apartment about an hr. before arranged meeting time with agent from BYTArgentina and owner of the apartment. Fortunately the ¨super¨ was there, knew I was coming, and allowed me to leave my bags while I went in search of the 2nd cortado of the morning. And what should appear on both corners of my street but a hardware store and an internet site! And next door to the internet site, a pet store! I felt like I´d died and gone to heaven! Had my 2nd cortado at a lovely little cafe called Keller, where the waiter directed me to the nearest ATM and explained a new word from the sports section of La Nacion..."crack"--evidently means a fabulous soccer player (think Pele or Maradona). Headed down French to ATM at corner with Pueyrredon..fuera de servicio. Guard directed me across the street, which gave me time to observe that a Freddo and pasteleria Caryn (recommended by foodie Shaltshaker) were within 5-min. walk from my apartment--barbaro! 2nd cash machine worked, and headed back to apartment, observing numerous peluquerias that offered both manicures and pedicures to check out later. The rep. from BYT and apartment owner had both arrived early and actually went looking for me! So I had a good impression from the start. The studio apartment is everything I wanted....small but airy with lots of natural light and an open terraza to watch the world go by. "Boom Box" works, with radio already programmed to 96.7 FM classical music station. And best of all--modern air conditioner! Both the BYT rep. and the apartment owner were very friendly. The owner made sure to check her deposit, as the last renter had given her a $20 US bill ith silly handwriting all over it (like good luck, use this bill in case of emergency etc.) and the owner thought it was a ´trucho´ ..LOL! Unpacked, took a shower (only 2 minutes+ for the water to get hot....less than my house..haha!) Then in search of food. An excellent restaurant...Sette Bacco...recommended by both Time Out and dear porteño friend Santi....was only a block from my apartment. Had a wonderful meal of mixed greens topped with crab legs followed by risotto al ossobucco washed down with Finca Linda Malbec 2004 (restaurant waitress didn´t blink an eye when I asked to take home remaining risotto & rest of wine--so she got a good tip!)
Now its time to explore neighborhood a little more, buy some staples like milk, and work up an appetite for dinner at Casa Saltshaker!
Excuse typos..this keyboard is a challenge!