Monday, 20 October 2014

La feria Masticar - chew on that
















Dropped by the 2014 edition of the "Feria Masticar" on its last day, since it ran only from the 16-19 October. As its name says, it specialises in chewable stuffs, as well as gulping fluids.



They had kiosks  with most of the famous eating joints in Buenos Aires along with others that sold raw ingredients, fruits and veggies.
Now the one that caught my Canadian eye was the beer tasting bar set up by Stella Artois, filled with thirsty customers waiting for a free glass of cold beer.
The guys tending the taps were quite friendly and instructed the drooling customers on the 9 step pouring ritual, which the beer maker uses on its worldwide add campaigns.
Overall the exhibition was well organised and the entrance ticket was around 4bucks. I definitely recommend checking it out on its next editions.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Top 10 pizza joints in Buenos Aires - La Guitarrita - Nuñez













Located at Cuba 3300 in the Nuñez neighbourhood home to the soccer team River Plate, it is worth visiting and can be accessed by subway.
I always like to try the houses own pizzas when they have one, here you can check out "la Atomica" (Atomic) and the Don Grillo, named after one of the pizzaiolos that worked there for decades, and also the fugazetta rellena, which is an onion pizza with cheese.












Decorated with a soccer theme, it has banners from most soccer clubs in Argentina, along with photos of their idols. The service is quite good and the place has transformed itself from a neighbourhood pizzeria to a fine eating institution in Buenos Aires.

Friday, 17 October 2014

The welcome wagon















Today I would like to share an unique experience which I only recommend to those with strong stomachs. It all started when I had to return to the city of Buenos Aires from Grand Bourg, a city in the province of Buenos Aires, named after the french city in which lived and died General San Martin, one of the heroes of Argie independence. So considering that the main highway that leads to the city was going to be blocked by one of the many protests that are regularly held here, I decided to do a train bike combo, that takes roughly 2hrs door to door, compared with the hour and change that it takes by car.
So I bike to the Grand Bourg train station that is part of the Gral. Mitre Line, which is one of the 7 train lines that serve the city along with the 8 subway lines and hundreds of buses, that puts Buenos Aires in the top ranking cities with good public transport, very similar to London or New York. Now having said this I will tell you the downside of the journey.

















When the train arrived I was told that the bikes must go in the "Furgon" which translates to waggon, that is a section of the train reserved for cargo. So the train has one up front  and one at the back, which was the one I caught. First obstacle is getting your bike up there cuz its one of those all style waggons, like the ones you see in the movies, that stand a good 3 or 4 feet up from the platform. So you either chuck your bike up or ask someone to help you from above. This was´nt a problem cuz the folks that were already inside helped me up, even though the place was packed with goods and people. Just to give you an idea, the "Furgon Area" takes about a 4th part of the car, which is aprox 10 by 6 ft. Now in that small enclosure there were already two full size supermarket buggies, three huge bags with flowers, 4 bikes and around 15 people, so yor have to stay where you land. Now that was´nt the problem I´ve travelled in crowded buses,trains,planes, all over the world. The scary part was the on board service which consisted of joints and beer being shared by the passengers, so the gentleman on my right was smoking one, along with the chap on my right and the guy in front of me, which left me with little breathable air, besides that there was a 1litre bottle of beer being passed around.
The conversation ranged from, places where you can buy weed to the stations to watch out for cops with dogs.
This were the conditions for the hour long ride, so I decided to elbow my way towards the open sliding doors on the side, under pain of falling off, to catch some fresh air. Fortunately a couple of stops later  the Furgon was practically empty.
Now do´nt get me wrong, the people at the Furgon were working folk, and very friendly and solidary, and if  you ride on the passenger section of the train you can sit and enjoy the view. all this for around 15 cents American.
I thought I´d share this just so  that next time you complain bout your suffering on your daily trip to work, you know what others go through.

From Sao Paulo to Montevideo by Land - the banana hut
















After spending the night in Curitiba we headed south towards Rio Grande do Sul, passing by some marvellous beaches that were empty at this time of the year, making me want to stop and dip, but unfortunately we were on  a tight schedule. One of my fellow travellers wanted at all cost to buy some fresh pineapple to take back home, cuz he had bought some many moons ago. Now as I previously mentioned Brazil is now a fully operational industrialised country, so forget bout the supermarket that carries fruit that was hauled from thousands of miles by truck. providentially we bumped into this Bar-hut at the side of the road that had some fresh produce including pineapple and fresh cut bananas from a variety that only grows here, besides that you can buy the whole bunch for a few bucks. We also had some pineapple "batida" that´s basically pineapple blended with water.





Wednesday, 15 October 2014

In Passing Snapshot - the Ammo box saddles

















Today I´m starting a new section on this blog, called the "In Passing Snapshot" to upload some self explanatory pics of people and objects found on my day to day trips.
I saw| this guy on a traffic light stopped right in front of my car, and I liked the cool ammo box saddlebags on his bike. This was in Montevideo,Uruguay.

Friday, 10 October 2014

From Sao Paulo to Montevideo by Land - The city of Curitiba


On the way back to Montevideo y stopped by Curitiba which is an ultra-modern city located in the southern state of Parana in Brazil, with a population approaching two million.
One of the fastest growing cities in the country, it boasts a brand new Bus Transportation system which has an exclusive lane with “central hubs” within the city, where the long buses with two connected coaches in tandem carry people across the city, like a subway above ground. It served as inspiration for cities in South America and in the states.
What called my attention. also was the new infrastructure courtesy of the World Cup budget, that resembles much more North America, than the usual sloppy south American standards



Sunday, 28 September 2014

Rua Santa Ifigenia, the gadget paradise of Sao Paulo














As I continued to roam the commercial area of downtown Sao paulo, I arrived at my destination, which was the Rua Santa Ifigenia a place that you must and will know if you want to buy something related with computers,audio,electricity or whatever you need, they will always send you to Santa Ifigenia.



Besides being very colourfully painted shops in a city that primes for its grey buildings, you will find all types of Chinese knock off gadgets or legit parts for any electronic or electrical device.