Don't Cry for me Argentina
Blog by Marian Cassilly and Carley Walko
Today we were thrilled to be finished with our flight so we could start seeing beautiful Buenos Aires! Our double decker tour bus picked us up at the hotel and took us to many sights including Casa Rosada, the pink presidential palace (you may recall Madonna singing from the balcony in "Evita"); a monument to Eva Peron, a former first lady loved by the working class; the Obelisk, which looks a lot like our Washington Monument; the Cementerio de la Recoleta, which includes mausoleums for many of the most important Argentines (including Evita); and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which reminded us of our Basilica of the National Shrine.
Our tour guide also took us to a leather goods shop where a bunch of us were measured for custom-fitted jackets to be delivered to the hotel on Monday. After having some minor difficulties ordering lunch in Spanish we traveled to the artisans market where some of the team tried their hand at bartering for handmade items. Molly Mulrain tried to pretend she had no more money at one point but the locals weren't buying it. We're pretty sure she spent more than the asking price.
We ended the day at our welcome dinner at a fun restaurant called El Palacio de la Paba Fritas where most of us dined on salad, a huge slab of beef, puffed fried potatoes, and flan with dulce de leche. It was delicious and after our meal we were all pleased to hear about a new recruit. Coach is pregnant! Name pending, but it's between Marian and Carley we think ....