A basic collection of perennials from Uruguay, South America and other continents.
Most of the plants were familiar, some I’d read about but not seen live, and a few were varieties of plants I hadn’t yet encountered.
‘Cedron del Monte’ in the Uruguay section pictured here is native from Agentina to Texas.
Sebastiania Blanquillo can apparently help remediate hydrocarbon spills after tests in Brazil.
The greenhouse was neglected. I was surprised there are no volunteer groups keeping things up. Many of the plants signs were unreadable/missing.
I saw Cats Claw up close, every time I went to touch the leaves it clawed me.
Interesting 1913 sculpture of a man with hands chained behind him and a woman.
Welcomed by the museum founder, we saw real pictures and original artifacts from the crash. The founder was inspired by his best friend, one of the survivors, who reminded during a recent major recession that to survive winter at 4000 meters in the mountains, they discovered 100s burn just like 1s.
Of 45, after an avalanche, 16 survived 72 days to rescue, after eating the dead.
The plane lost both wings at the top of a mountain. The mountaintop was the line between Argentina and Chile. The governments of Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina gave up the search after 10 days.
One psychic was wrong about their location, another said with great accuracy where they would be. The governments said they had already searched there and no one could have survived, they would retrieve the bodies in spring.
The plane crashed on Friday the 13th.
13 were killed instantly as the plane stopped abruptly.
13 waited for rescue (while 3 went for help).
Our ship came in
Bye bye Buenos Aires
We picked up our bags off of an airline-like carousel and got on the bus in Colonia going to Montevideo.
Windmills and GMO corn and soy, Uruguay looks like the middle of the US.
There were many block and mortar houses that would be considered tear downs outside the city.
First glimpse of Montevideo
The wheels on the bus…
There are statues in every park throughout the city, some more impressive than others, but all impressive in the commitment to commemorate historical figures.
I am iron man
Rowing crew statue complete with backpack
Inside the tip of the Obelisk out front of a modern art museum are four windows (with video screens showing what it looks like from the cameras in the real Obelisk)
The real Obelisk with real people dressed up for some unknown reason the moment we were there. (People aren’t allowed inside the Obelisk)
Four corners, two men two women, represent four traits
Flower opens during the day and closes at night!
This article is a partial list from conversations I’d had years ago with Argentina native Claudia Link about what she enjoyed about Buenos Aires which I’d long forgotten until the moment I encountered the thing or experience she mentioned. I added details I noticed from my experience of each phenomenon of what it’s like to be walking the streets in Buenos Aires among the hubbub.
Many gutters at the edges of the streets 6-12 inches from the curbs have 3 inch wide channels cut 4 inches deep to carry water. Seems convenient so wheels don’t roll through it or feet step in or over water, I hardly noticed water running down the streets even soon after rains.
Cobble streets. Old, worn smooth stones in older areas where cars still go and in pedestrian areas where there are mostly restaurants and during the day street vendors line both sides of some streets selling everything from mate gourds and straws to handmade leather belts and goods to prints of art.
Traffic lights turn yellow for a few seconds before turning green.
There are many motorcycles of all kinds, but not many harleys.
Abandoned vehicles are left parked in place for years. We saw burned out car frames with no tires, all tires flat dirty windows cars, cars, trucks, and vans full of stuff with broken windows and weeds growing around them parked on city streets. What’s surprising was that they weren’t stripped for parts.
The most common cars are small hatchbacks, gas is over $4 a gallon here in 2016.
Fancy buses, all different, customized by individual drivers. Outside: white wall tires, shiny chrome rims, chrome plated sections over the wheel wells, ornate paintings of names and flowers on sides and back. Inside: fur coverings for the rear view mirrors, controls, and pay station, fuzzy dice, ornately carved mirrors, miniature disco balls and fringe hanging above the front window, imprinted with horses, playboy symbols, Mercedes, or others, steering wheels made of white or blue shiny mother-of-pearl style bowling ball material or ornate mirror bolted to the center.
Feral cats in fenced lots squeeze and pour out from behind the safety of the fences during the cooler parts of the evening and night to hide under parked cars.
There are impressive consistently spaced encounters with dog poop on virtually every sidewalk on every street, Even though there is a law against not picking up after ones pet. Surprisingly there was rarely an odor of dog feces, but the pervasive smell of dog urine was common. Every dog I encountered was incredibly well behaved. Even though they were all on leashes, they obeyed their owners implicitly even when the owner didn’thave the leash in hand and let it drag on the ground.
Architecture. Buildings and styles from the 1800s to the present. Entire buildings were brought over from Europe and Russia.
Ferns, plants, and trees growing on the sides of buildings.
Trees with plants growing in them/out of them.
(Fun fact: Soy eclipsed wheat as Agentina opens their export policies and started planting more corn)
Used for 2000 years, Yerba Mate is only grown in a region shared by Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Brazil.
This small national museum had an impressive collection of gourds ranging from over 100 years old to modern, made of all manner of materials, gourds, hooves, metal, ceramic, glass, porcelain.
These gourds pictured above have historic figures on them. At street fairs they will make them with your name on them.
There are thousands of brands of mate, they used to be packed in tins and are mostly in paper now.
We saw a short video on cultivation, hand and machine harvest, drying, storage for 12 months, and packaging.
Each of our couchsurfing hosts said they’d introduce us to mate, and when the time was right one finally did. known by the age-old term “panza verde”, green belly Juan showed us the fine points of enjoying mate traditionally. We learned to put the bombilla in the gourd and fill mostly with mate. Bombilla is the straw, the Argentine accent pronounced “bom bee sha”. Add some room temp water near the bombilla to make and indentation, and so the 80-90C water below boiling will not burn the “shjyerba”. The Servador is the only one who touches the bombilla with his hands, and refills the water for each person in the round. A delicious and fulfilling experience for sure!
After the.best.ever. coffee plantation living history tour in Kona, Hawaii I was expecting a lot more from Argentina around the tea they are known for, but BA is a metropolitan city and I’m looking forward to enjoying more mate experiences closer to the source.
Vertical gardens have caught on here as they have in American cities.
There are many of the same standard plants in North American landscapes coast to coast as there are in Buenos Aires.
People in the city with balconies typically have things growing. While marijuana is not legal here, I’ve seen two places with two or three plants on their balcony, and they say many others have them as well, with the knowledge that it would be up to the judge if there was ever a problem.
Signs of permaculture were these simple swales below planted with agapanthas,
The spiral walk around the planter up to the grassy sitting area around the tree is quite special.
This was the first time I’ve seen planters with LEDs, then I saw they sell LED pots and containers in many colors and sizes in the Home Depot knock off store called Easy right next to the Target styled store called Jumbo.
A 71% Catholic country, Argentina has been adopting more and more American consumer holidays as they lessen restrictions to enter the world market.
In 1914 Argentina was among the 10 wealthiest countries in the world because of beef and grain export.