Sunday, June 27, 2010

Brutus in Uruguay & Argentina

Being Ohio State Buckeye fans, it is only appropriate we bring Brutus the Buckeye with us during our travels.  Here he is soaking up the sun in Punta del Este, Uruguay
La Barra, small beach town east of Punta del Este, Uruguay
Showing my support for Uruguayan futbol with my Uruguayan friends

Watching USA vs Ghana
Brutus in a very large chair by the Montevideo shopping mall
Iguazu Falls
Brutus showing his support for Uruguay to beat Ghana
And they WIN!!!

FIFA World Cup 2010 in Montevideo

It has been a ton of fun being in Uruguay during the World Cup games. Congrats USA! You made the country proud and gave us something to cheer for! Also, happy 10 year anniversary to Mike and Rachelle who renewed their wedding vows today.

Watching USA vs. Ghana
Happy Uruguayans after their win against South Korea.
Kids celebrating after Uruguay won against South Korea
Uruguay vs. Ghana was an exciting game and so fun being in Uruguay when they WON! We went to our favorite restaurant / bar called Bar 21 to watch the game and celebrate with our Uruguay friends.

Showing our support for Uruguay
Mike, Rachelle, Joe, Norm, me and Scott
Right before they won!
Rachelle and I with Ignacio, a very happy Uruguayan!
Celebrating out on the street
Owner of Bar 21 with Scott
We decided to glitter up in the spirit of the win!
The crew with Sophie, who Rachelle and Mike have "adopted" as their niece.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I had to make a "visa run" so we decided to take a weekend trip to Buenos Aires.  Basically I needed to leave Uruguay for 24 hours in order to stay an additional 3 months.  We stayed in this great area called Palermo Soho at the Vain Boutique Hotel.
Our Saturday was pretty rainy but still spent a majority of the day walking around seeing some of the main sites. First stop was to visit Casa Rosada, the Presidential Palace.
The Presidential Palace is also famously known for the balcony where Eva Peron "Evita" gave her speech.

Palm Tree Patio area in the center of Casa Rosada
Standing on the balcony where Eva Peron gave her speech
The North Hall

Presidential office
Metropolitan Cathedral in Plaza de Mayo Square
18th century Cabildo, only remaining building of its period in Monserrat
On Sunday we had a late flight so we went to La Boca neighborhood so I could see Juniors futbol stadium and the famous Caminito street.

Caminito street has lots of great restaurants and shops.
Colorful buildings all along Caminito street
Our taxi driver recommended this restaurant, La Cabrera, which was down the street from our hotel.  It was fantastic! Highly recommend for anyone visiting Buenos Aires.
Food portions were huge!

It was definitely a quick trip. Would love to go back and spend more time exploring the city, drinking more wine and sinking my teeth into more delicious juicy steaks.

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