Now that the fall chill is actually starting to hit, I’m thinking back to our incredible summer adventures and the amazing “winter” weather we encountered in Argentina. We got up in the middle of the night to catch a crazy early flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls, departing from the surprisingly nice Aeroparque Jorge Newbery. After a 2 hour nap on a brand new plane, we arrived and went straight to the Sheraton, the only hotel inside the national park. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we stepped outside on the terrace to grab a seat for breakfast – the falls were, literally, right there! The sun was high and it was warming up fast, we got some color while enjoying our cappuccinos and watching the vultures circle the falls for their breakfast.
Since there isn’t much else to do in Iguazu but take in the falls, we decided to make the most of it. We did the “hiking” trails to stand in front of and beside the falls, took a crazy boat ride INTO the falls and another lazy boat ride along the top of the falls. The boat ride into the falls put the poor Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls to shame. In good o’l Latin American style, the ride was at your own risk… after a few leisurely minutes and photo op in the water, cameras (and clothes) were sealed off in waterproof bags and off we went! I don’t know how close we actually got to the falls because I was struggling to breathe and definitely couldn’t see but I do know that the water pressure was so strong, I could easily have fallen overboard and died if I wasn’t holding on so tight. It was amazing.
Strangely calm river over the falls, the water levels rose by 4 meters this year, wiping out the famous “Garganta del Diablo” trail and covering most vegetation
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On second thought, less talking, more staring. I’ve been in love with these ads for months – beyond just wanting to own everything they picture, I want to live in a world where I can dress like that every day and run out the door to go to some awesome thing on the level of what I’m wearing (oh, and my hair would just naturally fall like that). On several occasions, these photos let me visualize how I was feeling that day and helped me get myself together and out the door. I need those jeans today… $500 is toootes reasonable… right? … anybody?
Summer’s on the way out. A new season, new dreams, goals and adventures await.
There’s something about being in a Latin country that makes me dress a little differently than I usually do. It’s all about being very put together and even a little preppy – my usual baggy choices don’t really translate. There are also some safety concerns in certain cities (especially for tourists like me!) so the aim is to dress well but not flashy, while leaving the valuables at home. Buenos Aires in particular was really interesting for fashion – I’m always looking for new things and I certainly found a lot I had never heard of/seen before. There are very few international chain stores in the city and aside from Zara, Levi’s, Nike and Adidas there was little I recognized. The best part of these new finds was that most of them were from right there in Buenos Aires (don’t worry… more on this later). For now, photos of an outfit I felt great in while walking around the city, taken at one of the most interesting/amazing places I have ever seen.
Having been on the go nonstop in Argentina and Toronto made our trips go by in a flash. We returned to New York exhausted and happy (and excited to plan our next adventure). While I may be a bit excited for fall (David’s Tea newsletter just announced the return of the Pumpkin Chai whaaaaat) there is still some summer left and that means sun, bbq, oysters, champagne and a visit from two of my favorite people.