Shopping Recoleta and the Leather Factories

posted Mar 11, 2011, 4:05 PM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Apr 1, 2011, 5:53 AM ]
We started out at 11:00 am and obviously Darren and Daxtin decided not to come.  They both hate shopping.  We had a destination in mind that was only 10 blocks away and we finally made it there about 5 hours later.  We wanted to go to this one leather factory place on Marcelo de Alvear Street and it was nice but mucho expensive.  Apparently all of the locals shop there and apparently all of the Argentineans are wealthier than I am, because I am not paying over 200 USD for a purse.  I am Scottish by heritage and Scottish by nature and it goes against both.  We stopped at every shoe store on the way and tried different things on.  The prices are not cheap either; there are no good deals to be had here in Buenos Aires.  There are allot of cute shoes and boots and purses but once again it is not cheap.  My sister Jackie did well with 3 purses and shoes and belts (apparently the propane business is more lucrative than education).  Deidre bought an expensive purse and they were all nice but I can buy a designer purse at Nordstrom Last Chance in Phoenix for a hell of a lot less.  I did buy a murse (man purse) for my beloved and he actually loved it.


We took a break for lunch and stopped at this place on the leather factory street.  We actually were enjoying our salads, I had an arugula, fresh shredded parmesan, tomatoes and ‘raw ham’ (whatever the hell that is) and then you added your own oil and balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to it.  It had the most flavour of anything that I have eaten in Buenos Aires.  Anyways we were all enjoying our dinner with our vino and cervesa (Isenbeck –Argentinean beer) and then I tuned in to the flat screen on the wall and noticed the alerts that were on the screen about Mexico and Chile expecting a tsunami.  We became engrossed in it because we later figured out that in Spanish that there was an earthquake in Japan and then a devastating tsunami on its northeast.  My oldest sister Michelle has a daughter in law with family on that coastline so she became upset.  Also Hiromi her daughter in law is 7 months pregnant.  Michelle wanted to make her way back to the apartment to see if her family back in Calgary knew anymore of the bad news.  It turns out that Hiromi’s family is OK, so we celebrated with a Alamos Pinot Noir.  If you love a full bodied wine then stick to the other Alamos wines, the Pinot Noir is lighter and sweeter so it was alright for me.

After all of the news of the natural disaster I could not help but feel it and shopping just did not have the same meaning to me and I was very laissez faire about the whole thing and walked home with absolutely nothing for myself, poor lonesome me.
May God bless the people that were lost in the Japanese tsunami and those family members that will be left behind.

Buenos Aires, Argentina