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We had a very busy and great day, but we'll start the update with our dinner last night. During our walk to dinner, we noticed a young man, kind of dirty, pushing an enormous cart up the cobblestone street. Wew tried to decidde if he was from the outdoor market, pushing his wares or perhaps homeless. About a half a block of following him gave us our answer. He (and many other men like him) are the city's recycling trucks. We do have pictures, so hopefully we can share these soon. It is pretty amazing to see. People and merchants just pile up heaps of recyclying on street corners and these guys come and pick them up! We were all pretty surprised.
Dinner at Don Julio's was an experience in itself. The restaurant is an icon here- they serve BBQ (of every meat you can imagine) with lots of side dishes. We ordered three items from the grill and ended up with three huge platters of beef. We are learning that less is more here! Thatcher summed it up best with a HUGE bite of steak inn his mouth saying, "the meat in Argentina is just better!". We all agree!!! As far as we can tell, from the food to the coffee to the wine, Argentina might be Papa G heaven (Lance's dad!). The kids want you to know we didn't sit down for dinner until 8:30 and didn't finish until about 11 pm (and they were okay! Even having fun!)
Needless to say, we slept in today. We walked all over Palermo Soho, through the amazing botanical gardens, finally meeting our new and dear friend, Maria Luisa Gingles (a contact from Madeleine's father.). She set up a private tour for us with her friend at the Xul Solar Museum. Xul Solar is a historical figure in Argentina - an amazing artist and creator who the Argentine people are immensely proud of. We saw many of his paintings and custom-made objects, including pianos recreated with colored and textured keys, made so people could learn music differently. Xul even had his own language! The highlight was a private visit to his actual home (still fully intact and untouched!). We were all amazed at the artifacts- including a giant - possibly 12 to 14 foot tall skeleton marionette Xul had made for a show during his life. You would not want to meet this thing on a dark street! His house is closed to the public, so this really was a special and unique experience. We were all so appreciative!
We will update more later - sorry for any typos. Trying to type fast before we head out again for dinner.