Argentina Day 23: Shopping, Ice Cream, and Steak
Our great travel buddy Alicia's birthday is today, so first things first, sent a quick happy b-day email. :) We were up at 9:30 and I washed some dishes and sorted out laundry. We discussed plans for the day and then headed out on the subway about 11. While waiting there, we met a couple from California who were really helpful and had great shopping advice! The subway was awesome and super easy.
We got to the Malabia stop and walked to the famous Murillo St, the leather clothing shopping area. We were a bit worried that things would be closed due to the holiday, but turned out that most things were open. Walking into a bunch of shops to check out cool leather jackets, we found tons of cool stuff! The prices were higher than I expected, but still some amazing deals to be had. I tried on lots of jackets and most I didn't like: too shiny, a weird suit collar, stretchy cuffs or waist, too long, too short, too tight, too schlumpedic. We tried a few more in one store with a nice older lady who was commenting on how we looked. She called me "Nino" and called Jess "Barbie" haha.
After a while of searching for an awesome leather jacket, I found an AMAZING "Rocketeer"-style one... I had really wanted a brown one ("Stephen Spielberg-style!") Jess liked a sleeker black leather jacket at the famous Murillo 666 store, one of the main shops. I really liked this Rocketeer one that was at a place called Reza Duro, an offshoot of the Murillo 666 brand. After trying so many things on, we figured we'd just come back later to maybe get them after pondering for a while. We learned that "En Effectivo" means "Cash Price", and you can often get some money off for paying cash.
|Random burger for lunch|
The suit search continued. We went to another store, where I tried on a YSL "Classic Fit" suit which was very old-man styled, square shaped, and looked like a $500 version of a Goodwill suit. Meh. Then they suggested I try a suit by a company called Le Bon Marche... it was immediately different. A beautiful fit. It was a slim fit style, so a lot more modern looking, and had really soft material for the pants which felt very well-made. Awesome!
|Where we bought our suits in Palermo!|
|Our awesome new suits!|
|Frank enjoying the tree-lined awesome|
Then it was time to head for dinner. We went to La Cabrera steak restaurant for their 40% off tourist happy hour... conveniently at 7-8pm, the "normal" eating time for anyone not from Buenos Aires. We walked in and saw our friends Ben and Sarah there from Iguazu Falls!!
|Jess and the hugest and tastiest steak ever|
|This thing was insane|
After dinner, we really needed to work down the food, so we went for a nice wander, walk, and worked down our food. And then... more eating!
|Ice Cream, of course!|
Whew that was a lot of shopping and eating today! Back home we went for a fernet and coke again! So weird and good/bad. :) After a long day, it was time for a quick Skype and sleep.