Life in Buenos Aires resumed in full swing when we returned from Peninsula Valdes. We went to the amazing Teatro Colon to see the Balet of Romeo and Juliet. The theater is a real marvel of Buenos Aires. It’s like a trip back in time to an era of elegant sophistication.
The following day Kate had her “sports day” for her school, which is like a big track meet. Although her house only came in 3 of 4, she seemed to relish participating and being part of a big team. I particularly enjoyed the singing during the final races.
That evening we hosted our own version of Iron Chef, pitting 3 teams of kids against each other. The kids all did great and I had a hard time picking a winner, but the scrabmled egg dish eventually took the cake. We shut the party down at the sensible hour of 1:30 am since we have now gone totally native.
The next day we welcomed our first guest in a while, my partner Jay Pomerantz. It was wonderful sharing our city with Jay and it gave me a great opportunity to revisit some of our favorite haunts including 878, La Bomba de Tiempo, Sotto Vocce and Crizia. Also, it was great seeing the city with someone who was experiencing it for the first time, since it reminded me of the magical quality of Buenos Aires.
Michele also kept her plate full while I was showing Jay the town. Her friend Natalia had a beautiful new baby girl. She also visited Kate’s class on parent’s visiting day (which Kate grudgingly permitted). Not wanting to leave all the nightlife to me, she also had a couple of girls’ nights out including one at the Duhai and an extra late night at the Pony Lounge.
Michele and I also had a vacation without kids for the first time since we arrived. We ventured off to the wine region of Mendoza. The area is just massive, comprised of a few different wine zones that are each 40 minutes apart. We stayed at the Vines of Mendoza in the Uc0 Valley which is absolutely amazing. It has a restaurant on site opened by famous chef Francis Mallman along with beautiful rooms and a host of activities. The main business of the Vines is actually selling small plots of land for people who wish to create their own wine. It’s a brilliant business and seems to be really thriving. We met one of the early landowners and I must admit, his Caprice Malbec was truly spectacular. We also did a tasting at Ruca Malen where they have the brilliant strategy of pairing the entire tasting with a meal. What a great way to experience the wine! Obviously, a nap was required immediately thereafter. We didn’t have the best weather, but we didn’t let that stop us from taking a great hike into the foothills of the nearby Andes. Our guide regaled us with great mountain fables. Since they were all in Spanish I’m not sure if the moral of the story was that happiness lies within you or there is parmesan cheese in the air conditioner, but we enjoyed it nevertheless.
So we are now entering the homestretch of our journey and trying to savor every last minute of it. Our lives are full of friendship and adventure and we are delighted.