Feliz Navidad

Buenos Aires was an interesting place to spend Christmas. Decorations were few and far between. Casa Navidad did not have extended hours. Around noon on Christmas Eve, stores began to close. Carrefour, with the most stores in the world, closed at 1800. Cathy and I went to mass at the national cathedral before noon. Instead of traditional midnight services, the latest started at 10pm.We had our group dinner at a tango show. A bus had taken us to the show, but a small group chose to walk back. We were treated to fireworks displays all around us. Little kids with sparklers, bottle rockets shot from the street, to giant displays worthy of Boston on July 4th. WE went to our hotel’s rooftop pool and could see bright colors in all directions. A penthouse across from us had a big gathering of people. On Christmas day the city was nearly empty. The normally crowded Avienda 9 de Julio had only a couple of cars on its fourteen lanes. Very few pedestrians could be seen. 

Our 4-star hotel only served breakfast. We met in the vacant sitting area and had a little celebration of our own. All had gone on a shopping spree the day before and gotten gifts costing less than $10US. Kevin and Julia wrapped them in newspaper and assigned each a number. Reinhard was recruited as Santa and the desk clerk pushed him in using a luggage carrier as a sleigh. Several countries were represented with traditional treats and a good time was had by all. At 6pm we walked to one of a few restaurants that were open and had a lovely meal. Only two other tables were occupied.  

Buenos Aires seemed to celebrate a family oriented Christmas and not the commercial ones we’ve come to expect in the US.

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3 Responses to “Feliz Navidad”

  1. Dale and Cindy Leppo says:

    WOW! I just started to read your blog and it is amazing. I feel like we are on the trip with you, Cathy and the rest of the 1DE riders. Best wishes to all for a happy and safe New Year in South America. Dale and Cindy Leppo

  2. Franklyn & Alice Vosburg says:

    The motorcycle ride of a Life time. Sounds like ALL is going WELL and are WELL. “Are we there yet!” It also sounds like a REAL “Iron Pants Marathon.” Wish you ALL a Happy New Year and hope this comes through.

  3. Linda Stone says:

    A belated Merry Christmas to you both and a Happy New Year and a safe and fun adventure

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