May would be the last time I expect to be in Argentina and I was ok with that. Had a final tour of the Micro Centre, saw some good friends I had made and cooked as little as possible in my final week. Once back in Canada it was prepping for summer and My First Ever Open Mic Guitar and Singing Performance.
"I'm on the edge of greatness and destruction, happiness and misery, discovery and loss, energy and laziness ...we all are" Costa
Back in BA for one last week to get my affairs in order. Stayed in Villa Crespo which is pretty underrated, full of restaurants, shops and all a guy needs including the subway only 5 blocks away. And I managed a pretty good deal too. So let's have a look...
apartment view in Villa Crespo.
|This will do nicely|
Let's go for some nice healthy walks. First day 9 km total Villa Crespo to Parque Palermo and back. Then the next day a good 6 km to the dentist. Unfortunately the next day was quite far so I had to subway in to the Micro Centre giving my feet a needed rest. Great sights throughout the city.
|Welcome back Brad, have some shit.|
|Didn't see this in Uruguay towns|
|I think with all the price hikes BA is becoming too much|
|Check out the dog on the kid's lap|
|Can't say we don't have these guys|
in Calgary cause we do.
|Got all I needed for the big walk.|
|Stopped in here on the way back.|
One of the few places that didn't
impose a 15% price increase due to
the national holiday, whatever it was.
|And people normally throw these chairs away once broken|
|Check out the amazing huge merial|
|Daughters bdays are huge in Latin America. |
|Shrivelled but in tact beauty|
|Without doubt you could find some|
old electronics gems here.
|Typical of repair shops in BA, completely back logged|
|Cops took down some punk I think|
for stealing a bike.
|A nice break in a park while I wait for my dentist. 6 km walk|
|Unable to pack everything with me,|
I left my guitar hopefully to join later
|And here's why I walk|
|Seems no matter what hour the subway is packed|
|The Pink House is too far to walk. Subway map.|
|25 de Mayo Plaza|
At the Pink House
|Broken side walks the norm in the|
|Busy tiny streets|
|Basilica San Francisco|
|WITH A STRAIGHT EDGE RAZOR|
|La Dignidad, nice and cheap|
|Classic soda dispenser|
|Super cool garbage made of beer cans!|
|One more major line up at the airport |
|Back in North America|
5 years a slave to Argentina
Learned limited spanish, stored my moto at Julian's and Nati's parents and Hernan's, 2 years a pescatarian, wrote 5 drafts of Bandido, learned to cook with wood (as it should be), became a River Plate fan after seeing them win one of the South America Championships, played Roller Hockey in Palermo Park, Two girlfriends, vacationed in Uruguay: Punta del Diablo, Aguas Dulces, Punta del Este, Paysandu, Salto, Montevideo, San Gregorio, Brasil: Porto Allegre, Cassino, Torres, Florianópolis and made some great friends! Worth all the time spent and everything experienced.
Back in the Great White North - Calgary, Alberta
for mid May. Dry and High altitude and already the cold heavy snow falled winter was nowhere to be seen. The coldest day no less than 9/10 deg C and highs of 27/28 deg C.
|Nose bleeds due to the dry air|
|Cheap meat cuts hidden in the back and free fat!|
|New toilet only $90.|
|Leaking from the bottom so why not change the old boy out|
Took 5 minutes to refill and leaked so chau!
|Next time put the wax on the toilet|
|Let's get a garden going!|
|Turbo! Looking good.|
|Oh shit. Washed my soon to expire|
|Went to a local play at Pumphouse Theatre. Good stuff.|
|New invention - sphere ice balls|
|Even better with a Rusty Nail|
|Found this Polish restaurant with tasty natural farmed food|
|My first podcast on Shawn T's|
"That'll learn ya"
Back to sailing, but first we had to polish the boat. Our little Siren probably hasn't seen a buffer in who knows how many years.
|Dale's skill was just a bit better|
|Beers well earned|
|whoa! shiney |
|Back at the boat stalls|
|What's happening here|
|Nothing like putting your boat in the water in front of|
as big of a crowd as possible. Nerves.
|Skipping rocks while we waited|
|FLIPPED BOAT. The reason for the delay and crowds.|
|Pete and the Dudes Aaron/Jacob|
Spending time in the backyard building a garden, reusing things people were done with, hanging the hammock and cooking on a bbq I found beside a garbage that we cleaned up. REUSE PEOPLE!!!
|Reusing - Free table that I changed out the top and|
painted. Free broken umbrella that I repaired, and found BBQ
|Beer can chicken|
|Free rail ties, gas pipes to hold them in place.|
|$50 in Nutrilom soil|
|And yes my mom helped me|
Laura Hickli at Koi Cafe, great developing artist. Have a good listen.
|Home schooled produces a|
special type of person
Free Fallin written by Tom Petty. After messing about with guitars and singing for 20 years in my room (more or less) I finally took the stage on a quiet night at Mugs Pub. I played 4 other songs including an original. "Wheat Kings" written by The Tragically Hip, "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" written by Blue Rodeo, "Chuck and Marianne" written by Costa and "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" written by Death Cab for Cutie.
|Costa on stage for the first time|
Rolly playing a Chapman Stick
Ferry Baggage Claim needs some lube!
|10 Litres! and not that heavy, weird|
|The Banks trying to hit every target. |
Buddies or more?
|Woke up thinking I had the best idea only to find out|
everyone already thought of it. Dream Analysis Apps
|The people before us all leaving|
1/4 glasses at these prices, geez
|Wow, the size of these 70's cars. Oh USA, you silly guys|
|Back to Calgary food, wings and|
meatballs. The only deep fry I eat.
|Check out the ingredients in Salt, WTF SUGAR!!!|
|Yeah, it's done. For all other countries|
this is a sleeping guard which you
will be getting if you keep following
USA diets and culture,
oh and allergies too!