Full of charm and colour DrF. I suppose if the tourist trade brings in bus loads of dollars then you have to keep up appearances. Don't want to frighten folks away. I've been told if you look European (non Latin) then its not IF you'll get robbed - it's just when ! But I don't know if its just a bit of a folk story ! No worse than staying at home maybe.
I'm a cautious but not paranoid traveler, GarryRF, but the warnings from the portenos were so frequent and so intense, you'd be a fool not to pay attention to them. The area around Caminito is well policed (dozens of police around), so I wouldn't worry about going there. But if you don't look like a native, best not to wander the neighborhood. La Boca is charming. But it has a rough edge to it. Be careful if you go.
It's amazing how much, for so many of us, our travel experience focuses on food and how people get it—and because public markets reveal so much more about local foodways than any supermarket can, it's wonderful to see these pictures. I can almost feel and smell! With all the markets we've featured lately on TravelGumbo, including the wonderful gallery on village markets in Asia as well as the public markets in Europe, the U.S. and now Argentina, perhaps the food aspect of "Gumbo" is coming...
My first experience of a "Spanish" style market was in Menorca. A small island off the east coast of Spain. The Island of soldiers and cows the locals called it. We had our kids with us as we went around the market square calling at each of the butchers shops. None had steak for sale - but would have plenty at 3pm ! So we returned at 2:45pm. We could hear the excitement but there was no one there. A few minutes later a bull was dragged into the marble floored market square. Kicking and...
Yes, Arctic birds are common in southern USA, Central and South America and further north during migration. But to see them in their beautiful breeding colours, you need to go to the Arctic in spring or early summer. This plover had already changed to grey by mid-August.
I've been places where it was not possible to use a credit card much of the time, even when I was told that I could, by the very people who then returned and said, sorry, not working, cash please. But Burma was the only place I can recall that was, when I was there a year+ ago, 100% cash. It's changing now, even there, I've heard. So this has been very interesting, reading about Argentina. Who'da thought?
When you go to Sri Lanka, take cash along as well. The larger establishments will definitely take credit cards, but smaller business and restaurants won't. And ATM cards have been slow to find their way into the country, especially in remote locations. The currency there is more stable, but still you won't get the kind of spread we did in Argentina. Best to exchange it at a bank, or ask your hotel people how many US $$ things are.
Nature at its finest ! The ever evolving Earth in all its glory. Sometimes - when I have seen such wonders with my own eyes - I feel like its a great privilege to witness such events. I've seen two total eclipses of the Sun in my life. I can replay them in my mind and they still amaze me.
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