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Policing the Park November 23, 2009

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The Rose Garden in Palermo Woods. The grounds are beautiful and so well-maintained they have people guarding the flora. If you step, kneel or even hover over the grass, a woman in uniform blows her whistle at you. -Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bridge leading into the Rose Garden. -Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Y Estan Apagados! November 23, 2009

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The finish line. -Buenos Aires, Argentina

I´m pretty sure that´s the translation for “And they´re off!”
 
When Steve and I realized that Hippodrome was another word for horse track, we were there. We wandered in on a Friday afternoon without paying any admission fee. The first race was scheduled to go off at 2:30 p.m. We explored a little bit before the first race, trying to figure out the whole Argentina system of horse tracks. We weren´t allowed entrance into the fancy restaurant and stands because of Steve´s indecent footwear, but we found a racing form and sat down with the normal folks outside to look over the schedule.
 
Two things stood out immediately. One: their method of displaying odds was, uh, odd. We weren´t sure which one was the favorite and which one was the long shot until after the first race. Second: these Argentine horses run far! The distances were listed in meters, with the first race measuring in at 1800 meters, or 8.9 furlongs. The longest race of the day was a whopping 2200 meters, 10.9 furlongs. That´s no joke.
 
We didn´t have any luck betting. We couldn´t even get a horse named Scrabble or Gringo to race in the money. But we did have a good time and will most likely be heading back on Monday to see if we can win a few pesos.

We thought it would be funny to take a picture of Steve on the big screen at the track. Here he is waving. -Buenos Aires, Artentina

The Horse Track Gets in Your Blood November 23, 2009

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The grandstands at the Buenos Aires Hippodrome.

Another shot of Steve on the big screen. This time he´s looking around to make sure no one´s watching him act like a nerd. -Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rosario at Night November 23, 2009

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Another night shot of the Propylaeum with the Flag Monument in the background. It´s a popular spot to hang out for both tourists and moon-eyed teenagers. -Rosario, Argentina

Monumental November 23, 2009

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...And a close-up during the day. -Rosario, Argentina

The National Flag Memorial lit up at night. -Rosario, Argentina

Doh! Kiss the Chef November 23, 2009

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Another Homer sighting. This time on a carousel ticket booth.  -Rosario, Argentina

La Florida Beach November 23, 2009

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La Florida is a private beach about 8 km from downtown Rosario. It´s sort of like Vegas in the summertime, but we were there a little too early and only saw a few older women in thong bathing suits. -Rosario, Argentina

Riverside November 23, 2009

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View of the Parana River. -Rosario, Argentina

Large cargo ship passing under the Rosario-Victoria Bridge. -Rosario, Argentina

Will Juggle for Pesos November 23, 2009

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Middle of the street juggler. -Cordoba, Argentina

Yes, we Went to Another Zoo November 23, 2009

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Hungry Hungry Hippo! -Cordoba, Argentina