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Carnival, Without The ‘Carnival’!

The answer to Monday’s blog question can be found at the end of this blog! 🙂

The last two days have been holiday days here in Argentina. When we asked in the restaurant today regarding the reason for the holiday, no-one seemed to have an idea. This parallels my lack of understanding of why most UK national bank holidays occur! The best explanation was the title of this post, it is carnival, without the carnival! 🙂 That made us chuckle!

So the ongoing heat, in the low thirties (around 90 for the Fahrenheit inclined) with a relative humidity of around 35-40% (according to The Weather Channel, and why would they lie), continues to floor me!! However, my tolerance to arriving in a pool of my own fluids is becoming so common place that I am sure that soon enough I will think nothing of it!!

We have actually been pretty busy with work related stuff for the last few days, but managed to get out a little. Let me tell the story with pictures…..

On Monday we were slightly surprised by the absolute closure of most of the town. We went looking for food for Sara! I know we talk a lot about food, but hang in there. When we have guaranteed sources, I hope that this will change. We ended up finding her somewhere that sold ice-cream, so she was one happy puppy!! We also went to find gyms, and surprise, surprise, they were closed! On the way what we did find was:

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires - Pews

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires – Pews

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires - Left

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires – Left

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires - LeftCatedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires - Right

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires – LeftCatedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires – Right

These pictures were quick snaps of the church on Plaza De Mayo, which is called Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires. Have a read of the link to find out more, or send me a message and I will try and find out more and dedicate a page to it. No guarantees on that however! 🙂

We then walked towards the centre, and on route discovered a street designed for giants!!

The Door For Giants

The Door For Giants

Another Giant Door

Another Giant Door

The World Above Giant Door Number 2

The World Above Giant Door Number 2

It seems that the banks in Argentina are doing well for the most part, if only the staff could push the doors open, they may actually get some work done!!

We stumbled across the Basilica de la Merced, just a stones throw from the banks. I am not sure if any relationship exists between the church and the banks, and for my Christian friends it may be best not to know!!

Basílica de la Merced

Basílica de la Merced

We went looking to see if we could get gym prices, but alas, the public holiday meant that they were closed and while we found their locations, we were not able to get more information. It would have to wait.

I had a pretty awful night of sleep on Monday night, waking up at 1am. I tried to sleep, but alas, my brain would not hear of it!! I tried instead to work through some of my audiobook of choice at the moment; Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I am really enjoying the audiobook and it is epic in its length. Hours and hours of listening pleasure! Although some of it has made me feel a little ill. However, I think that is due to my sensitive nature and feminine temperament! 🙂 After 2 hours of unsuccessful attempts at sleep, but great education advancement due to the book, I rose and started doing some work! I hate just laying there doing nothing, when there is so much stuff to be done!!

At 6am I returned to sleep for 2 hours, ready for the world to begin again.

Sara and I surfaced at 8am, and started work once again. We had a plan out to get food in the restaurant, and due to its proximity, visit the organic food market located nearby. We headed off at about midday, and soon discovered that today was another holiday day!! Many of the stores were closed, and I started to fear that today would be a fast day, as there was no certainty that either the restaurant or the market would be open.

I began to feel some uncertainty that the restaurant would be open, and we took a trip to Calle Florida, which is a long street that connects to the road that we live on which is Peru, to withdraw some cash! Afterwards we saw that a fast food vegan and vegetarian food place was open, it is called Picnic. We had seen it a few times before, but it had either been closed (the most likely situation) or Sara had not been hungry. I prefer not to eat there as I prefer to go to restaurants that at least have a desire to use organic produce. I appreciate that there are all sorts of arguments here, and please feel free to contact me, but that is my decision and let’s leave it at that shall we! 🙂 I really liked the look of the restaurant however.

Picnic - Buenos Aires

Picnic – Buenos Aires

Picnic - Sweets Counter

Picnic – Sweets Counter

Picnic - Counter and Stairs

Picnic – Counter and Stairs

Picnic - Sweet Counter 2

Picnic – Sweet Counter 2

Sara picked up a slice of carrot cake, which actually appeared to be large enough to stick a flag in and declare it British land! However, the Brits have done that a time or two already, so it is probably just to let sleeping dogs and all that!

We arrived a Palermo station and I was pretty warm and feeling the heat of the day. We went in the direction of the restaurant. An all too familiar route. However, this time before going to the restaurant, we thought we would check the address of a market that I had seen on HappyCow! I had previously been given the address of an organic market, by the restaurant, but this was different to the HappyCow listing. The name of the place was La Radiancia, and after a 20 minute walk , after which time, we found out that it was closed:

La Radiancia Is No More

La Radiancia Is No More

We walked back to the restaurant, and ate a range of goodies. I went for a raw bruschetta recipe:

jj's Raw Bruschetta

jj’s Raw Bruschetta

While Sara opted for a vegan pizza, which comes with a vegan cheese:

Sara's Vegan Pizza

Sara’s Vegan Pizza

I picked up a wrap for later and had 2 raw almond milk shakes that really hit the hunger spot.

I asked in the restaurant about the organic food market and was given an address of just a few blocks away, so I let Sara to finish her food and quickly went to investigate. The store had people inside sitting at a large table, but the area was taped off to the general public!! 🙁 However, I now have an idea of where it is, and it is somewhere we can investigate any time that we go to the Kensho restaurant. Although it is anybody’s guess as to its opening hours!! I could have just misunderstood how the system works and perhaps I am to just ignore the tape, time may tell!

Organic Food Market

Organic Food Market

We then headed back, but took a detour to an eco laundrette called The Laundry Company that I want to speak to, as eco laundry detergent here is virtually impossible to locate. However, as you may have guessed, it was closed:

Eco Laundrette

Eco Laundrette

The way home was the usual Subte excitement and this time I thought I’d expand your knowledge with some photos. Here goes:

Subte - Palermo

Subte – Palermo

Powerful Fan Goodness

Powerful Fan Goodness

While we had the usual assortment of all sort of characters on the Subte train, we were visited by the blind man that I mentioned in a previous post:

Blind Man On The Subte

Blind Man On The Subte

As a final note, in regards to the comment in the previous post about guess the building:

You May Be Surprised

You May Be Surprised

The answer to the nature of this building is a water pumping station, known as Palacio de Aguas Corrientes. Well done those of you that got it right, and commiserations for those that got it wrong.

Sleep tight all and hope to hear from you soon.

4 thoughts on “Carnival, Without The ‘Carnival’!

  1. Phyllis

    Did you ever have one of those days when nothing seemed to be going your way? i think this might have been it – maybe Mercury is in retrograde… Today would have been Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, but it sounds as though you two are getting thinner by the minute! I certainly hope this doesn’t last throughout the Lenten period (40 days) or you may have to plan an impromptu trip to some pagan island just to source your meals :-((

    I suppose certain Spanish words are becoming familiar (and quite unwelcome) now, such as “cerrado” and “alquilar” when you really want to be seeing “abierto” and “Ahora sirviendo” (now serving)…

    Cannot believe that is a water treatment plant! Really beautiful…

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    1. jj and Sara Post author

      A spot of food deprivation can be good cleansing for the soul! 🙂 However with each passing day we work out a little more in the jigsaw of life here. I really feel that we are making some headway. 🙂

      You are right with the same Spanish words being all too common at this point! 🙂 I am looking on the bright side, and can say that so far we have not picked up (at least not knowingly) any Spanish profanities! So at least we are not upsetting the locals, or perhaps we are too ignorant to understand the words that they throw at us when we do??

      We thought that the water treatment place was so amazing, and the buildings that have sprung up around it are mainly just plain commercial buildings. I looks very out of place, but marvellously so!

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  2. Phyllis

    Stunning views of the Cathedral, amazing doors (try not to think of the trees that were used)… Have you found your avocados?

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    1. jj and Sara Post author

      Some of the buildings here are so incredible, it is terribly impressive to be surrounded with such awe inspiring places, when there is such a disparity, such as the roads falling apart and pavements with slabs missing.

      Still no sign of an avocado in the food stores that I have found (although this number is incredibly low), but do not think for one moment that I have given up! I am optimistic that with perseverance I will be victorious! Well that, or hungry and disappointed, but I am staying upbeat for the moment! 🙂

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