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Re: When Debit and Credit Cards aren't your best traveling choices

DrFumblefinger ·
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?
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Re: When Debit and Credit Cards aren't your best traveling choices

DrFumblefinger ·
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.
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Re: Buenos Aires Grill: an excellent Parilla in Recoleta

DrFumblefinger ·
very delectable post Dr F..I've heard about the Argentinian beef and it does sound and look good (apologies to all the vegetarians out there!)..
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Re: El Tigre and the Parana Delta, Argentina (Where Gumbo was #158)

DrFumblefinger ·
Interesting blog and very educational DrF. Close to Buenos Aires - but not close enough ! I'll sharpen my pencil.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 16, 2014: American Golden Plover

My Thatched Hut ·
That's fascinating! I never thought about the color differences during migration...what a difference it must be for, say, a North American birder in South America!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 16, 2014: American Golden Plover

My Thatched Hut ·
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.
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". El Calafate, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Just a followup. Car experts have identified this as a 1929 Ford Model A. PHeymont was spot on in his analysis. Not the usual car you see in Argentina, but a delight to see nonetheless!
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Re: Buenos Aires -- Jardin Botanico Carlos Thais

DrFumblefinger ·
Wow, very nice! Love the glass houses. And interesting to see mate' "on the hoof".
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Re: Buenos Aires -- Jardin Botanico Carlos Thais

DrFumblefinger ·
What a nice green place (Calgary? not yet!) Thanks DrFumblefinger.
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Re: The Colorful, Gritty Barrio of La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
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.
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Re: The Colorful, Gritty Barrio of La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
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.
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Re: Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
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...
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Re: Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
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...
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Re: Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an interesting story GarryRF. Maybe that bull was just a little bit tooooo fresh for most people's tastes.....
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Re: Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
It's nice to see so many vibrant pictures, feels like already been in Argentina. Thanks DrFumblefinger!
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Re: Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you, Dr. Y! As a fellow physician I know you were as fascinated by the displays in the meat counter as I was. Kind of like anatomy lab, no?
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". El Calafate, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, if we're to believe the story that Henry Ford offered that customers could have "any color they want as long as it's black," the beautiful paintwork is not the original...
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". El Calafate, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
I could be wrong, but I think that's a Model A from the late 20s. While I was looking at pictures, I noticed that Buenos Aires is among the places Ford made them...
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Visiting Patagonia. 3) Los Glaciares National Park: Perito Moreno Glacier

DrFumblefinger ·
  Our adventure in Patagonia is just beginning!  We're going to start visiting and exploring those places people travel thousands of miles to see.   El Calafate may be a pretty little town but no one comes to Patagonia just to see it....
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Las Puertas de Argentina

Sylvia ·
    Several years ago, perhaps inspired by my search for new front doors for our own home, I began to take special notice of the doors I passed on my way around town.  When my husband and I traveled on vacation I found myself noticing...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 16, 2014: American Golden Plover

My Thatched Hut ·
The American Golden Plover is a stunning bird.  The face and belly are jet black with a pure white strip running from the forehead, around the back of the face and down the neck.  The back of the bird is a mottled pattern of black,...
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April 8, 2017: Mate: South America's morning Brew

DrFumblefinger ·
Seattle may have its Starbucks coffee, but Argentina has its mate. A look at southern South America's favorite caffeinated beverage.
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LAN, TAM to become single airline as LATAM

PHeymont ·
  LAN, originally from Chile, and TAM, from Brazil will now become a single airline under the name LATAM, and will begin merging all their operations, with a 3-year goal of complete integration. The combined airline will continue membership in...
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December 7, 2016: The Calving Glacier, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Being in the right place at the right time, DrFumblefinger captured a series of images of a huge chunk of ice falling from the face of the Perito Merino Glacier in Argentina.
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July 28, 2019: Punta Tombo: Biggest Penguin Colony Outside Antarctica

Grand Escapades ·
Located on the Valdez Peninsula in Argentina, Grand Escapades shares photos of a visit to a huge colony of the loveable Magellanic penguin
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Exploring the Patagonian Fjordlands: 1) The Australis

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares his experiences exploring the fjords of Tierra del Fuego in the first of a series of posts about a journey on the Chilean vessel, Australis.
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Cumana Restaurant -- one of the best dining values in Buenos Aires

DrFumblefinger ·
  Dining is, of course, a huge part of traveling.  Experiencing a culture by visiting a restaurant and consuming its food is an excellent way to connect with that place -- trying to understand the menu (always best to visit restaurants that...
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"Spotted on the Road". El Calafate, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Walking through this town in desert steppe of Patagonia, in the rain-shadow of the Andes, we came across this beautiful car "showcased" on a hotel's grounds.  It's obviously a Ford but can someone help me figure out what year and model it is?  
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Buenos Aires Grill: an excellent Parilla in Recoleta

DrFumblefinger ·
  Among the finest food you can eat in Argentina (at least for those who are omnivores or carnivores) is its beef.  Argentine beef is grown on the pampas, is free range with lots of exercise, and has a diet of natural grasses.  As such,...
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El Tigre and the Parana Delta, Argentina (Where Gumbo was #158)

DrFumblefinger ·
A great day trip from Buenos Aires is to El Tigre. Settled during a yellow fever epidemic, it was a destination of escape for the well heeled. It still has a nice laid-back feel and is a great place to go for a stroll.
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Buenos Aires -- Jardin Botanico Carlos Thais

DrFumblefinger ·
Situated in Palermo, in the heart of Buenos Aires' urban sprawl, is a lovely oasis of green, the Jardin Botanico.   The garden covers more than 7 hectares (17 acres) and brings together a large diversity of plant species (over 5500) in a setting...
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When Debit and Credit Cards aren't your best traveling choices

DrFumblefinger ·
Recently PHeymont wrote a nice article on how to pay for things while traveling abroad which I'd recommend you familiarize yourself with (click  here ) before reading the rest of this blog post.  I largely agree with what he posted, but...
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Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
  Markets are popular destinations for travelers and we've frequently featured them on the pages of this website.  Today I'd like to share with you the Mercado de San Telmo, a large and historic market in Buenos Aires.     One...
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The Colorful, Gritty Barrio of La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Having just returned from a 3 week vacation to South America, I saw and photographed many fascinating places which I hope to share with you in the coming weeks.  I thought I'd start with the most colorful place we visited.   La Boca...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 3, 2014: The Bored Waiter, Buenos Aires

DrFumblefinger ·
  During our first day in Buenos Aires, while on a tour of street art in the city, we came across this scene while waiting for a traffic light to change.  It was early afternoon, about 1 pm, and this waiter was standing in the door of his...
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December 6, 2015: Argentina’s Great Glaciers

Grand Escapades ·
Patagonia's Glacier National Park is home to some of the world's greatest glaciers.
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Dec. 27, 2015: Whale Watching in Peninsula Valdes

Grand Escapades ·
A close look at whales in a remote location in Argentina
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In the footsteps of Outlaws: a visit to La Leona, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
While driving along the isolated Patagonian steppe, DrFumblefinger came across a hideout for two very famous bandits.
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Visiting Patagonia. 4) El Chaltén, Argentina (Where Gumbo was #146)

DrFumblefinger ·
El Chalten is a remote town in Argentinian Patagonia, close to the Patagonian Icefield.
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Re: Visiting Patagonia. 4) El Chaltén, Argentina (Where Gumbo was #146)

DrFumblefinger ·
What a fascinating journey. I really enjoy seeing all your beautiful photos of the region!!
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Re: December 7, 2016: The Calving Glacier, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
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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August 23, 2020: Argentina’s Northwest

Grand Escapades ·
Gilles shares some photos of the beautiful remote and relatively unexplored northwest region of Argentina.
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Re: August 23, 2020: Argentina’s Northwest

Grand Escapades ·
Gorgeous photos!!
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