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In January Nate worked hard and taught both kids to ride a bike with no training wheels. This might seem a little late for US families but when you live in a city rocked by steep hills and broken sidewalks it's hard to find a surface to learn to ride. But Nate was patient and determined and these kids were off! Here we are riding at the old airport on the airstrip. Pretty nice view, eh?   Add new comment...

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We had one last morning in Buenos Aires, so we checked out of our hotel but left our bags with the concierge. We headed to a neighborhood we hadn't visited yet and let the kids play at the park. We ate an early lunch at a restaurant a few blocks away (one of the few open with it being New Years Day) and ended up really happy with some fresh, wood-fire pizza at a sidewalk table.  We walked to the Japanese gardens, which wasn't open and ended up using the last of our pesos and a few dollars t...

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We started the day off in a neighborhood I'd never visited at a street fair. We snagged some cheap Messi jerseys. An unexpected delight was a store devoted solely to dulce de leche. They had at least 14 different varieties, all available for sample. The kids and I made sure to try each and every one. (A great start to breakfast, right?) It was pretty fascinating how differently they did all taste and we had definite favorites. Sheep vs cow milk, texture, thickness and so much more.  We grab...

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My birthday landed on our 2nd day in Argentina. Nate walked ten blocks to a place that advertised good churros, only to discover it wasn't open. We went to a little french bakery and got some pastries and then went around the corner to a classic Argentine, cheap panaderia where they sell little breads and pastries by weight. We ate in the park before hiking over to watch a changing of the guards near the clock. From there we headed to one of the main train stations, which was massive. The kids l...

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We took an early morning flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires. After some stressful back and forth through the airport after they kept changing our departure gate and leave time we finally boarded a tiny plane without three other people, including one apparently quite famous Colombian boy band singer. In 30 minutes we were in BA and the heat hit us. No more ocean breeze to greet us. Just piles and piles of traffic. It took an hour to get to our hotel (on the return trip it took about 25 minute...

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Our last day was one of my favorites of the trip. Mark and Kora had done their research and found a winery and vineyards about an hour from the city where we could tour the whole process and do a tasting. It was a gorgeous, cloudless, sunny sky and the vineyards practically glittered. We carried umbrellas for shade as the guide told us about different grapes that they had. The kids were fascinated with the bottling process and we were allowed to walk onto the production floor, staying between th...

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We stayed a number of days post Christmas and enjoyed the oh so quiet city as most others had left to go to the beach. We ate ice cream cones almost every day, though none was as good as that Punta del Este one. We ordered empanadas from a place that had all sorts of varieties, from Indian curry to chop sue to blue cheese and scarfed almost all of them down. We had chivitos (the most famous Uruguayan sandwich piled high with layers of egg, bacon, steak and so much more.) Car rides were equal par...

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After that late, late night all of the kids slept in on Christmas morning thanks to the black out wood blinds they use there ... unheard of in Quito. All the traditional festivities ensued with stockings pulled open, too many hershey's kisses consumed by Adrian and two little cute elves helping with presents. We ate the Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting and opened presents that had been sent from countless locations around the world, all to end up in one little living room in...

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Punta del Este is where everyone who has any money heads for vacation from Montevideo. Beachline for miles and miles, it's about 1.5 hours from Montevideo. We packed up our big ole van and after a quick stop at a grocery on the way for cold cuts and bread we were back on the road. Poor Adrian had a rough day, probably due to being on the older kids schedule with very little rest for days. It was interesting to see how the area is set up with different numbers for different beach front access poi...

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Our first day in Uruguay was pretty low key since we'd been traveling almost 24 hours when we landed in the bright sunlight. We immediately marveled at the wide highways, the different architecture and the cleanliness. We saw Mark and Kora's place with it's old style gate elevator and ate lunch together. After lunch we just let the cousins enjoy each other. We spent some time at the park. Nate, Mark and I sat on a little hill in the shade (holy moly the sun is more intense there than I expected)...

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