Friday, December 20, 2019

Pre birthday birthday party

I didn't feel like doing anything large this year for Kien's birthday party. It's just too hard at this time of the year. I asked him what he wanted to do, and he was really keen for a room escape challenge. So last Sunday that's that we did with a small group of his close friends. They truly are such an eclectic mix, which makes it very interesting when they get together.

We had to split the group into 2 teams to go to 2 separate rooms. Kien was in a room called "The Bach" and the other group went to "The Shed". They had an hour to solve clues to open locks and get out. I was locked in with Kien's group, and they were so excited throughout the whole thing. We managed to get out, but with lots of help from the game master, and with extra time as well.

All round we had a great day. Kien and his friends enjoyed it - that's the main goal. Tick, another parental obligation fulfilled.

Monday, October 7, 2019

La Boca, Recoleta and Argentinian parrillero in Palermo

Yesterday was pretty much a write-off as it rained and rained all day. We stayed inside and slept until 1pm local time. When we finally left the apartment it was for food, booze and berries. I tried some empanadas from another store - good to try the various versions around.

For dinner I specifically wanted to have Argentinian BBQ. Jef found a local one a few blocks away. By day we would have totally missed it. But when we arrived last night they opened the gate and we stepped into this cool joint; wonderfully smokey and humming with people drinking Malbec and eating meat - lots of meat.

Today the sun was beaming down in Buenos Aires, and perfect for us to go sightseeing. Thank goodness for Uber - it makes getting around a whole lot easier when there is a language barrier. Our first stop - La Boca, famous for its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold.

Theese photos are of the side streets away from the main area, Caminito. We intended to have lunch here and perhaps watch some tango dancers on the streets. However, with the hoards of tourists, and hawkers with leaflets for their restaurants to pursuade you in, and no sign of any tango dancers "in the wild" (they danced in a small area of a restaurant and only for patrons of that particular restaurant), and dog poo all over the sidewalks - we decided to grab our Uber out of there.

Next stop - Recoleta Cemetery. But first, lunch.

Yeah, we couldn't finish it. Didn't realise how much meat they were going to give us!

Off to see some ornate mausoleums at Recoleta Cemetery. In the heart of the richest area of Argentina, these families much have some big bucks to be here.

The most famous of tombs here, of course, is this one, belonging to Eva Peron.

We walked through some markets before walking back to the apartment, stopping at a nearby park to eat some strawberries. Kien has been in berry heaven here.

Friday, October 4, 2019

We flew away

Wow its been a busy weeek. With hardly any sleep I don't know whether its just jetlag or catching up, but oh my, I'm so tired. We flew away on Wednesday to the other side of the world, and we were fortunate to be able to do so with beds, making the journey a lot easier. We slept pretty much the whole flight - well, Jef and I did. Kien said he eventually decided to sleep, but he had no idea what time that was.

After waking up in the afternoon on Thursday we decided to explore the neighbourhood and see what was around. Have to get some cheese from here tomorrow/today.

Had some street food from this place. He had a bbq going and it smelt devine. He made us some steak and egg sandwiches (some sort of meat, not too sure what).

Kien was facinated with the trees with spikes. He took these pics to show me.

We walked around the beautifully manicured rose gardens with the wind blowing and the threat of rain looming.

Our week in Buenos Aires is off to a good start.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Great Barrier Island during July school holidays

Yes, it has taken so long for me to get around to posting some pictures from the last school holidays. We were invited to join our friend, Nova, and her son, one of Kien's best friend, to stay with them at their property over on Great Barrier.

One little plane ride and we were there. One short car ride, one river crossing, and one hill climb to get to her property on the cliff.

From the house we could walk straight down to the rocky beach below.

Then (when the tide was right) we were able to walk around to the other bay.

And someone else likes to be carried too when they've had enough of walking.


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