Merry Christmas to all of our worldwide readers...Settling in for 31-nights in Buenos Aires...Not as easy as it may seem...

Happy 65th birthday to my darling husband, lover,  travel companion and forever friend who has made this special and unique life of world travel possible.  
Now that the cruise has ended, we won't be posting photos from "Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising."  Instead, over the remaining 31-nights, while we're staying in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires at the Prodeo Hotel, we'll be posting photos and stories of our day-to-day lives while living in a boutique hotel in this lovely neighborhood, known for its charm and eclectic persona.

We sat at the banquette in the lovely restaurant in Palermo, Lo De Jesus.  It was only ranked #322 of 4,422 restaurant reviews in Buenos Aires on the TripAdvisor site.
At a corporate rate of US $2,560, (ARS 45,878) for this extended stay, we didn't expect luxury accommodations.  When we were situated in our spacious room, at the impeccable Prodeo Hotel, we needed a few adjustments and made a list for our hotelier Alessandro, hoping he would be helpful in resolving the few concerns which included:
  • Is there ice for our beverages?
  • Is the water safe to drink?
  • How to use the safe?  Directions were unclear.
  • How to use the free phone in room (local calls only)?
  • Can we get another luggage rack since there are no drawers or ample storage space in the room allowing us to unpack?
  • Can we have more hangers for the small closet behind a drape? 
  • There's no small refrigerator in the room.  Is it possible to get one?
  • One screw to the toilet seat is missing making the seat slide around.  Can this be fixed?
  • Where we'd dine for Tom's birthday, walking distance from the hotel?
  • Where is there an ATM at a bank?  Fees are generally less at a bank ATM than at a local machine.
    The restaurant's decor is understated and pleasant.
After we took a much needed short nap and uploaded yesterday's post, we headed out on foot for an ATM.  We weren't surprised to discover that each time we'll use an ATM, the fees will be US $10, (ARS 179) for each transaction, charged by the local machine, more than we've paid anywhere in the world.

Many restaurants, from what we've seen thus far, also offer a wide array of Argentinian wines for sale.
We won't need much cash here since most restaurants accept credit cards.  We'll only need cash for taxis and local mini-marts.  It's a pricey area so we'll see how it goes.

Tom couldn't resist the delicious bread.
Over the next few hours, Alessandro handled each and every one of concerns with the greatest of ease and generosity.  We now have a small refrigerator in our room: ice is available at the hotel's bar upon request (no charge); we now can use the safe and phone; we received many more wooden hangers; the toilet seat is repaired; we enjoyed Tom's birthday dinner at fine local restaurant (see photos below); we got cash from the ATM and all is good.

Two complimentary glasses of dry champagne were presented at our table.  
All we need is another dozen or so hangers which Alessandro will provide for us when he arrives later today and, we'll be set.  Tom has yet to unpack but somehow we'll manage to find a spot for everything when there are no drawers and few shelves in the room.

A big sturdy knife was placed on Tom's table setting for his Argentine steak.
With all of our requests handled, we now feel at ease and confident we'll enjoy our time in Buenos Aires.  Dining out may be somewhat of a challenge for my way of eating when most meals center around doughy type dishes such as empanadas, tortillas, pasta, bread and sweets. But as always, we'll figure it out, one meal at a time.

My main dish was a Provolone cheese baked with bacon, onions and red peppers, which was delightful.
This morning's included breakfast was good with hard boiled eggs, meats and cheeses.  I hadn't had breakfast once on the cruise, but this morning I had a small bite of ham and cheese to hold me until dinner.  We found a nearby restaurant that will be open tonight for dinner and later today, we'll figure out what we'll do on Christmas Day.

I added two fried eggs to my meal to round out my protein requirements of 60 grams per day.
Most days, while on the ship I had a salad midday but won't be doing that now as I work my way back to eating one meal a day which seems to suit me best.    Unfortunately, I must always be considering what foods will be suitable for my way of eating. 

Tom's Argentine steak as a little fatty for him but the flavor of the meat was otherwise excellent.
In the realm of things, it's insignificant.  After all, it was changing my diet that made it possible for us to travel the world.  As a result, I never feel deprived or "sorry" for myself unable to eat the gorgeous bread, pasta, and desserts offered here and in every city in the world.  It's a small price to pay for this glorious life.

Many buildings in the city have colorful and unique exteriors.
Speaking of "glorious lives" may we wish each and every one of our worldwide readers, family, and friends, a joyous holiday season filled with love, happiness, and merriment.

This is where we'll be dining tonight, Christmas Eve, one of the few restaurants open tonight.
Throughout the year we never hesitate to feel grateful for this blissful life we lead.  Now with the holiday season upon us, we have the further opportunity to reflect on our good fortune of health and well-being which without, this life wouldn't be possible.

Another colorful building exterior.
May those of you who celebrate this time of year, experience the utmost of good health and well-being as you make your way through this special holiday season and New Year.

Entrance gate to an apartment in Palermoa.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 24, 2016:
Finally, we were able to take a photo in the early evening of a fast moving train decorated with Christmas light. We'd hope for a nighttime train for a better shot.  However, each time we heard a train coming in the dark, we quickly ran outside with the camera only to find that particular train wasn't decorated.  We're content with this shot.  For more photos of Christmas in Penguin, Tasmania, please click here.

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