Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 10: Free Day for Shopping

Shopping in Buenos Aires
We had Sunday to do with what we wanted, so we decided to go shopping! In South America, Sunday is market day so we headed to the center of Buenos Aires to shop for souvenirs. The market was packed with people and with small stands selling llama sweaters, artwork, mate cups,  jewelry and novelty gifts. 
We met up after a couple of hours of intense shopping, our bags filled with trinkets and souvenirs for our families and friends. We loved the market! We found so many different, interesting items and traditional Argentinian gifts. 
After shopping, we went out to eat. We went to this cute, elegant looking restaurant across the street from the hostel. It was called Iberia and it had been in that location for over 50 years. The food was delicious and it was very interesting to watch people eat and converse in Argentine-Spanish all around us. When Porteños speak, they do so in a very loud manner that sometimes makes it sound like they are fighting. It took some time to get used to this, but now even we were yelling during dinner and using traditional Argentinian hand gestures when speaking. We can't believe we leave tomorrow!

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