wk 1 – opera, espanol & cow covers…

Where to start…cannot believe it’s only a week since we left Australia and landed in Argentina…have decided that to ensure I am not boring or blasting anyone with too many updates, given past experience of too much marketing bombardment, I’ll do about one a week and post a link on facebook…

So to the start:

Spent a day in Sydney before heading over to Buenos Aires, being a complete Melbourne snob was not expecting much, and whilst one street we walked down in Kings Cross more than lived up to that, and made me feel less worried about Caracas, the rest of the time was fab…found the cheapest lunch with one of the best views in the world at the opera kitchen on circular quay…for my friends and fans of Hu Tong there were dumplings galore…then a walk across the car bit of the harbour bridge, ferry back and dinner in Surry Hills, perfecto…

Then to Argentina, where due to the convenience of the datelines, we managed to land before we took off after a 13 hour flight. Spanish appeared to kick in ok fairly quickly and we were checked in to ‘the cocker’ in San Telmo by early afternoon, one of the oldest suburbs of BA until the rich deserted it as a result of a yellow fever outbreak, still a little rough at edges a few hundred years on, but architecturally gorgeous…

Spent a few days taking things fairly easy, wandering the lanes of San Telmo, relaxing on our B&B terrace, eating empanadas, testing some Malbecs and Chardonnays, and slowly adjusting to the jetlag, as we’re back in BA for a month in May there was no pressure to rush around and do stuff so lovely few days…

Next adventure was an overnight bus to Cordoba, starting in the interesting bus VIP lounge, with the cow chairs (repeated below for those who missed the facebook post!) and an unfortunate leaking bus that meant a shared blanket for most of the way and a rather damp journey overall…still the dinner made up for it in the amusement stakes, in it’s ability to be absolutely horrendous from cooked to packaged bits, much prefer Indian train trays and that’s saying something…just quick aside I have never eaten and been offered as much sweet and carbs in my entire life…don’t think it’s great for the diet, onto more of the ensaladas next few days…arrival in Cordoba next morning with mini bags great as spend time wandering and checking out places to stay, bagged one with a view…Cordoba beautiful…

We are now in vino country up North, another, drier overnight bus, and a bit of morning cafe research, led us to chacras de coria, a small suburb amongst wineries outside of the centre; stunning. Visited famiglia zuccardi yesterday, met one of the team at food and wine festival in Melbourne, so were well looked after…more on Mendoza in next blog, I’ll leave you with a picture that tells a thousand wines…

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