Mom is in Buenos Aires, let the shopping commence…..
We left to pick up mom late Monday night from the airport. Aiden was beyond excited to pick granny up and he was literally buzzing (i.e. running around like a crazy person)! Mom arrived on a late flight around 21:30 (all safe and sound) and I had assumed she would be off to bed as soon as we got back to the Airbnb but she couldn’t unpack her suitcase fast enough, so that she could shower Aiden with gifts from back home….It’s only been 4 weeks since she last saw him but I suppose gran’s will be gran’s and Aiden’s birthday was just a week prior. Who knows how we are going to keep travelling with the accumulation of toys Aiden is acquiring. My thoughts are that some toys are going to have to go mysteriously missing on the next leg perhaps…..
It’s been an amazing first week in Buenos Aires spent with Peter, mom and Aiden and we have certainly kept busy. We’ve visited some beautiful places like La Boca, Recoleta (where Evita Peron was laid to rest), done some main street shopping, visited parks and the big highlight of the week for me was going to the main feria in Buenos Aires, Feria San Telmo (which is held every Sunday). My mom and I have been looking forward to this ever since Peter told us of its enormity. No market has ever been too big for my mom and I…surely not with all our many years of shopping skills. When Peter said that the last time he had visited the market he hadn’t even managed to get to the end of it, I felt like Mmmm….we were definitely in with a challenge here.
The week started though with some main street shopping close to where we lived in Barracas with just my mom and I (quality time). I’ve noticed that a lot of the shops are privately owned and therefore quite expensive but I assume they’re perhaps geared towards the tourists. We did stumble across some amazingly different shoes though and it’s all about platforms again here in Buenos Aires. I just love them and even my mom was saying I should treat myself to a pair. I can hardly imagine myself walking the Incan ruins in platform wedges though……Peter would have a fit.
So we were just about finished with our “window shopping” expedition (we were trying to save all our pesos for the feria on Sunday), when we stumbled along an amazing little boutique called Maleza (which was quite reasonably priced). I came across as pair of striped blue cotton pants which were adorable but were an XXL. I told my mom I could make them work but upon trying them on…maybe not! The lady said they were the last pair left but in typical “Stain” fashion my mom spotted another pair high up on the shelf, size L. Needless to say I bought them even if two sizes two big.
The other major highlight of the week for me…and my mom was the feria of course. Wow words cannot describe how big this fair is. I’m not sure where to even begin. The taxi dropped us off up a small side street and my mom thought that this side street was the whole market. No! it spanned about 5km long at least. It was also a hot day so Aiden was struggling a bit. Luckily Peter was on Aiden duty which freed my mom and I up to have a proper look. When I browse I can get lost up in time……literally. Once back home I was at a major sale which started at 8am and the next thing I look its 13:30pm, what can I say except I like a good bargain. Back to the feria – at the 3rd store we looked at, a man was selling leather bracelets for R9 (some leather here really cheap depending on the grade), but my mom and I literally poured over the stall for 15 minutes…we were not going to get through the entire market at this pace though. We were going to have to speed things up! Of course we bought ourselves 2 leather bracelets each after all the deliberating and of course a bracelet for Aiden…. I just saw Peter chuckling off to the side-lines as this was only our first purchase of the day. 3 hours later and perhaps a little sun stroked we decided to pack it in, not quite reaching the end. We had had some successes though with my mom purchasing my dad a leather wallet, Peter got a leather wallet himself, souvenirs were bought and some small gifts for back home. Aiden even managed to get a knitted penguin finger puppet. Besides the leather here, there is a big market for woollen things such as knitted woollen toys, knitted lama jerseys (they feel so soft), knitted puppets and even knitted woollen cactuses (of all things). They’re very reasonably priced too.
Overall the feria was a huge success and a great way to end off our first week here in Buenos Aires. We might even go back to the feria next week in case we missed anything…ha ha.
Until next time