Argentina Day 26: My 30th Birthday, Buenos Aires style
What a way to ring in my 30th Birthday!!
We had planned this trip to South America intentionally to include my 30th Birthday, and what an awesome idea that was. It was so awesome.
We started off with a morning walk and taking some silly photos, after some coffee and getting up and going about 10am from the apartment.
|Buenos días to this glorious day, my 30th Birthday in Buenos Aires!!!|
|I "C'adored" the heck outta the ice cream here|
We subwayed over to Malabia station after this and walked up Gurrachaga St, our old friend! We went directly straight to "Sans", our favourite coffee and medialuna breakfast place from a few days prior. I got a Cafe con Leche y 3 Medilunas, as you might expect :) We got a nice seat outside, enjoying this great day.
|Literally the best croissants of all recorded history|
|An epic start to my 30th Birthday!!|
|Jess eyeing my medialunas!|
|The best bread and chicken combination ever invented|
|Green furry Buffalo vodka|
|Ohhh, was really hoping we might find Matt here.|
|And off to the park for some teeter-tottering|
|When this happens...|
|...this invariably happens to the other guy|
|A beautiful walk in the beautiful parks of northern Buenos Aires|
|A Coke Light, and some journal writing|
|Crazy rabbit thing!|
We caught a Taxi back to Palermo, and it took a bit to get there (this city is huge when you're not taking the subway!), he took a few main streets/ring road style, I guess it must have been rush hour? In any case it was still a bazillion times cheaper than cabs in the US. The good part about the cab taking a bit longer is now we were REALLY hungry for dinner... and oh man... it was GREAT.
Straight back we went to La Cabrera, our favourite steak restaurant! Last time we learned that the "backpacker special" of 50% off the menu lasts only for 1 hour, so you need to order everything at the beginning. And so we did. We got a Late Harvest Viognier wine, it was like $5?!?!?!!! Whhhaat! So good. We got a red wine too, just to be safe. :) Bread and garlic, mustard, butter, hot damn! And out come the steaks... whoooaaaaaa. This time I got the Lomo with Thyme.. WOW. My guidebook had said Bife de Lomo was "Tenderloin", but the guy there said that Lomo in this case was Filet Mignon. Oh and was it ever. It was EPIC Filet Mignon... and 4 PIECES!!!! I got 600 gr., and ate it all... yes, that is a 21 oz Filet Mignon. It was magic. I ATE IT ALL!!! Crazy. It was life-changing steak, the best steak ever... and 4 of them!!! Insane. Daaaaaaaaamn.
|50% off? Let's get 2|
|Let's DO THIS|
|Then I ate the most glorious Fillet Mignon ever... and it was 4 PIECES of it.|
|Jess's hand for size comparison|
|Frank and Jess shared this "Butterfly steak", which was HUGE|
|Remember when the entire bill with 2 bottles of wine only came to $300 ARS ($60 USD) for all 3 of us? I love Buenos Aires!|
After this unbelievable food experience, we cabbed back home and hung out for another hour or so, before heading off to San Telmo to start our BA Pub Crawl! My ticket was free because of my birthday and they had Pizza and Beer to start. They had environmentally-friendly reusable plastic cups which was nice, and when we were done I ceremoniously threw my cup on the floor and exclaimed "Peace!" (Not sure why, and I hope I picked it up) :)
Anyway, this all was awesome fun. I wanted to make sure to have an evening of noise and too much excitement and music and nightlife and meeting lots of random nice people from different countries and exchanging life stories and travel ideas. It was super fun. We walked to the next bar and I spent some time chatting with some cool peeps from Norway, that rocked. We had a celebration shot of something-or-other at the bar. The bartender was an Argentinean Josh Groban and was cool and gave us some water :) We stayed there for a bit and then headed off to the 2nd Bar.
|And then... the Pub Crawl|
|Haha going for the high-five|
|This is right before we walked into the street|
|One of our hosts and some random folks we met at the party|
From there we headed to the last spot of the night, a loud and crazy club. One of the organizers, a French girl, was really awesome and making sure no one walked on the street or near car traffic as she guided our huge group along the nighttime streets of Buenos Aires. Super well-organized! We got to the club and the music was weird and so we headed downstairs... and our Josh Groban buddy was there!!!!! He was so psyched to see us and high-fived us. "I didn't think you'd make it! It must have been the water I gave you!" he said proudly. haha.
|Our buddies from the first bar again at the club we ended up at. They were happy to see us!|
What an awesome birthday, we did SO much!!!! It was so great to be here in Buenos Aires, celebrating with 2 of my closest friends, enjoying the food, outdoors, sun, people, parks, and nightlife of Buenos Aires. What a day!