Here a few more photos from the bus as we headed out of Bolivia.....
|Army guys fight boredom at a military checkpoint in the desert.|
It was interesting to note the cultural shift as we crossed from Bolivia to Argentina. We had become accustomed to travel in the developing countries of South America...heavily influenced by their indigenous peoples, the cultures of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia melded the arts and traditional lifestyles of the native folks with the European influence of the Spanish settlers. Some areas were more one or the other, but all seemed a blend of the two. As we got into Argentina, though, there was a distinct change. For here there is little if any remnant of the native cultures in evidence. The atmosphere feels immediately more European. From the border onward, the farms and ranches were huge (and fenced), no longer subsistence but more corporate farming. Cars are newer, and prices in shops, hotels, and restaurants reflect the thriving economy of the country compared to its northern counterparts. The difference was stark, and the harsh reality of the hit on our cruising budget was a bit tough to swallow!!!
|Typical Mendoza street scene|
But it was quickly time to move on, as we needed to reach Buenos Aires to meet up with Seattle friends David and Diana, who were flying down for three weeks of Patagonian adventures. So we saddled up another bus, and went to the big city. And Buenos Aires really is BIG. With over 13 million people in the metropolitan area, the city is second only to Sao Paolo in South America. The architecture is distinctively European, and with all of the expensive shops, boutiques, and restaurants, one could easily have been in one of the great cities of Europe.
|In any form, meat is part of the spirit of B.A. Tough to be a vegetarian here.|
|(though this nasty hot dog sign might get you thinking about it!!!)|
|Casa Rosada, head of Argentinean government, behind protest banners in the Plaza de Mayo, place of some of the largest demonstrations in the country's history. Juan and Eva Peron famously addressed the huge crowds from the balconies.|
|Halloween party, anyone??|
|Angel with an attitude!!|
If anyone is interested, the site next door to Evita's is available. Bring a wad of cash and your imagination, its ready to move in!!! (Operators are standing by....)
|Cindi and Diana.....ace navigators!!|
|David gets his groove on´at sidewalk cafe tango class|