San Telmo Market

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Just as the old cobblestone streets of San Telmo were carrying home the last of Saturday night’s revelers, the trucks and carts of vendors started arriving in Plaza Dorrego to set up for their big day. The San Telmo market (Feria de San Telmo) is a popular Sunday market in Buenos Aires. Local artisans, musicians, and anyone with something to sell claim a space along the street. In the main plaza the restaurants are setting out the tables and umbrellas as dancers que the tango soundtrack on the … [Read more...]

Tips to Experience Buenos Aires

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Here are a few tips and resources to make the most of your time in Buenos Aires. There are countless ways to enjoy this city, these are just a few. It ultimately comes down to what you decide you want to do. The thing I'd stress the most is to connect with locals. It's an incredibly welcoming city. Couchsurf with a local or stay at an AirBnb Go to language exchanges like mundo lingo or mate conversation club See the city beyond the tourist traps Useful Guides for Local … [Read more...]

California to Argentina: Breakdowns and Maintenance

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Here’s the rundown of what my 2007 BMW G650X Challenge motorcycle needed over the course of 8 months and 20,000 miles from California to Argentina. Regular Maintenance 3 Rear Tires (Heidenau K60, TKC-80, Conti-Escape) 1 Front Tire (Heidenau K60 - entire trip) Rear Brake Pads: 1 set Chain: 2 (installed in Ecuador) Front and Rear Sprockets: 1 set Rear Wheel Bearings: 1 set Oil Changes: 5 Breakdowns/Replacements Flat Tires: 4 (rear) Mirror mounts: 3 Rear Rack bolts … [Read more...]

Importing a Motorcycle into Los Angeles

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This is my experience shipping my US registered motorcycle into Los Angeles (LAX). I air freighted my 2007 BMW G650X Challenge from Buenos Aires on LAN Cargo. You can read about that process here. My motorcycle arrived three days after I crated it in Buenos Aires. LAN Cargo called to notify me that it would take an additional day to clear customs. Step 1: Go to Cargo Office and pay import fee Step 2: Take paperwork to US Customs and Border Office Step 3: Collect Motorcycle at Cargo Office I … [Read more...]

Shipping a Motorcycle from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles

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This is my experience shipping my US registered motorcycle by air freight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles, California. If you are just looking for information about how to import a motorcycle into Los Angeles (LAX) read the post here. After unsuccessfully searching for information on shipping out of Buenos Aires without using the popular middleman, Dakar Motors, I decided their $90 USD fee would be worth it. This post describes the process of shipping through Dakar Motors. I … [Read more...]

Shipping Out

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A few days before I was scheduled to fly out of Buenos Aires I went to Ezeiza International Airport to ship my motorcycle back to California. For those interested in the details I will write a post about the shipping process. This is more the narrative of the event. The day had finally arrived. About 3 weeks after arriving in Buenos Aires it was time to take my last ride in South America. While my friend Kelli shopped around San Telmo for tango shoes and dresses, I loaded up my bike and … [Read more...]

Recoleta

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Remember a few posts back when I told you about the yellow fever outbreak that plagued San Telmo and drove all its wealthy residents away? Well they moved north and took all their money and sophistication with them to Recoleta. Buenos Aires is often characterized as "European" and there's no place where that is more the case than Recoleta. The wealthiest of Buenos Aires neighborhoods, Recoleta is home to all the finer things one would expect. Art museums, fancy restaurants and hotels, clean … [Read more...]

An American Feast In Buenos Aires

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Even before I arrived in Buenos Aires I had high opinions of how welcoming Argentineans were. Everywhere I went I was treated so well. My high opinions only grew after arriving in the final city of my journey. A few weeks earlier I was Couchsurfing at Deni's when she invited me to her friend's birthday dinner. While at her friend's house for the afternoon I met everyone around the table including Marian. Before the end of the party Marian made an offer I couldn't refuse. You see, Marian is a … [Read more...]

A Lesson In Argentinian Cooking

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Less than a week before I departed Argentina which meant I had a week to learn how all of my favorite Argentinian meals were made. Kelli was in San Telmo for a week so together we signed up for a cooking class. Again, just like the tango dinner shows, there are upscale cooking classes and food tours that can cost up to $300 per person. Thanks to a tip from a fellow traveller we scheduled a class with Tierra Negra. It fit our budget and I can't imagine how any other class could top this … [Read more...]

To Tango

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The tango, it is practically synonymous with Argentina. I had traveled throughout the entire country but there is no place as famous for the dance as Buenos Aires. You can't escape the performers in the plazas, the paintings, or the tango shows. The Porteños (BA locals) know tourists love the tango so an industry has been built around the city's most iconic cultural export. Tango dinner shows sell from $100 to $250 per person. Obviously for a traveler like myself with a $30/day budget I … [Read more...]