La Boca District (Kenneth Nelson)
This is the day that amiga Alberta flies back home. We have said our goodbyes the night before, and Bert is gone before Kathy and I arise at 8 am to enjoy yet another day of sunlight and cool breezes. Kathy and I will fly back to Buenos Aires for an extended 3-day stay to relax and tour BA further on our own. Lucky us! For now we stroll the grounds of the Estancia and come across a hidden vegetable garden and an old horse stall. We have breakfast and lunch in the restaurant at the ranch, where the food is very good. While the evening before at dinner we had listened to CD's of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and American jazz of the 40's, now today we hear Nora Jones and Eric Clapton as we enjoy our meals. At 1:15 pm our taxi arrives to drive us to the airport in El Calafate and we make limited conversation with our Spanish speaking Bolivian driver. He describes seeing an eagle eating a hare, and some 9,000 year old hand paintings on the rocks nearby. In turn we teach him the "ingles" for "alto y baja" (high and low) and he seems pleased. Our flight goes well and we cab to our hotel in the Recoleta district to get ready for more city trekking starting tomorrow.
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