Doug McLean World Tour 1999-2000
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Date: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 1:40 PM
Subject: Journal Outline Dec 3-Dec 14, 1999: Argentina

Current Date/Location: Dec 14, 1999...in Mar De Plata, Argentina. Beautiful beach city, 5 hours South of Buenos Aires.
Current Itinerary: In the next few days going up the coast of Argentina...back to Buenos Aires. Then Montevideo, Uruguay about Dec. 18. Heading up from Uruguay towards Rio de Janiero. Will probably visit Sao Paulo along the way between Dec 20-27. Need to be in Rio by 27th Dec...will
be in Rio for New Year.
 

NOTE: I am way behind on my journals...I have received e-mails from friends asking where in the %·$!·$·" heck I am in the world...this is an outline of where I have been so far...more detail to come...just trying to
catch-up...details in this account may be sketchy and somewhat inaccurate...deal with it.

Journal Outline (Dec. 3-Dec. 14):
December 3, 1999 (Friday): Flew AUSTIN-DFW-MIA-EZE...barely made it on the
MIA-EZE flight...put in coach...oh well.
December 4, 1999 (Saturday): Arrived in BUENOS AIRES!!!...Picked up at airport...arrived in the Las Cardales ¨Country¨ and saw Uncle Jack and Aunt Louise. Marcella met us and we went to EZE. Dinner at a Brazillian type Chuhascirra (Parilla) in the Puerto Madero and went to a Tango Show...danced
a little...crashed.

Dec. 5, 1999 (Sunday): Jack, Louise, Nograge and I went into EZE. Wonderful lunch at a Parilla called Freeway on Avenida Santa Fe. Went to Boca area and walked down La Caminata street and saw street tango show (wonderful)...I got dragged onto stage. Walked down Florida street (pedestrian/shopping) and saw another not so good tango street show. Went back to Los Cardales...dinner and TV.

Dec. 6, 1999 (Monday) - Started working on my burn...Louise and I hung out in Las Cardales...saw the ground owls during our walk around the neighborhood...read books...enjoyed the tranquil life...dinner...TV...bed.

Dec. 7, 1999 (Tuesday) - More work on the burn at the house in Las Cardales...Louise and I rode horses for a half hour...visited the metropolis of Las Cardales...waited for the photo shop to open...made parilla at the house for dinner...TV...bed.

Dec. 8, 1999 (Wednesday): Woke...visited Jack´s worksite...got the tour of the facility...helped them with an AA shipment...discovered that the Longhorns had lost the Big XII Championship to Nebraska (I was
crushed...sniff...sniff)...had lunch there...went to Lujan for the Dia de Aparecida de La Virgin...they took me to Buenos Aires...dropped me off at the hostel. I walked around EZE a little by night...crashed.

Dec. 9, 1999 (Thursday): Took bus Buenos Aires to Mar De plata. Met at bus station by Florencia...she gave me box of Havannas (alfadores)...went to Hotel Pergamino...I checked in...she gave me a tour of the city...had churros...dinner with her and 5 friends (12:30am until 2am) and ate asado beef...bed by 2:30am

Dec. 10, 1999 (Fri): Walked around city...went to the beach...met Florencia...spent more time at the beach...surrounded by kids wanting to meet me because I spoke English....felt like an alien. Walked down
pedestrian street (San Martin) and saw the Cathedral and daily updated calendar on the plaza de San Martin. Dinner at her parents house with friends until 2am...then went dancing at Sobremonte Disco...got in at 5am...

Dec. 11, 1999 (Sat): ...Woke at noon or beyond...Went with Florencia and other friends to beach South of the city...saw the surfing championship on small waves and used ocean kayaks. Fun day! More beach time. Went with the irish guys to AltaMira Pub...talked to Maria Florencia, Patricia, Carolina, Cecillia,etc. ...stayed and talked until 7am...CRASHED.

Dec. 12, 1999 (Sun): Woke at 1pm...went to North Beach with Maria Florencia, Patricia, Carolina and others...had mate...returned to Hostel...met Florencia and Ximena...we went to Bosque de private housing area...returned...met Dave/Australia...went to dinner at a Parilla with all the girls and Irish Guys. Then went to Ramonas bar...stayed there until 5am...dancing and carrying-on...talked with Anthony and collum until 6am back at the hostel...crashed.

Dec. 13, 1999 (Mon): Woke at 9:30 am...went with Dave to use internet...Met Florencia and Ximena at Hostel...went with them, the Irish guys, and Dave/Australia to exclusive beach South of town. Played soccer against 6 Argentenian guys...won by 12-9!!! Swam in the ocean (cold)...body surfing...had mate by their cabina...bus back to town. Went to dinner with Patricia/Carolina, Irish and Dave and had huge hamburgers. Went to another club and played pool until late...got back to hotel at 4:30am...early
night...crashed.

Dec. 14, 1999 (tue): Woke at Noon...Dropped off laundry with Anthony...used internet while watching the grizzly aftermath of a bank robbery gone bad on TV (Argentinian programming shows all the gore of 2 bank robbers killed...blood and them being loaded into body bags...go figure)...to be continued...

Doug
Texas Nomad