After barely making our connection in Miami, we successfully arrived in Buenos Aires this morning. I wasn't sure if I would have to pay the $170 fee for US citizens for 10 years of entrance to Argentina again because the sticker was in my old passport, but I showed both passports at immigration and had no problem. Once we got to baggage claim, however, we learned that our bags must have had a fight, because while one of the three made it to Buenos Aires, one stayed in Miami and one in San Francisco! The wayward two are supposed to be delivered to us today and tomorrow respectively. As we were leaving the airport through customs, for the first time in my trips here we were stopped and asked to open our bags, but were able to get through it without any fines.
My very last purchase in the US is called the BookBook, a cover designed to protect and disguise a Macbook Air as a hardcover book. I really wanted something to help hide my computer, by far the most important to me and most tempting to steal item I'm bringing for the trip. I was surprised to find few options in a cover style to hide a Macbook's identity, but the BookBook fit the bill. I went back and forth on getting it for months because it is leather and I try hard to avoid animal products, but finally got one at the last minute, and so far it has been great. From security personnel in the US and abroad, to random people in the airport, I can tell that no one thinks it's a computer when I get it out; just what I was hoping for.
Here it is HOT! At least it feels very hot to me. And to help with the disorientation, all the traditional Christmas decorations are out.
CURRENTLY: Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Diego's family
UP NEXT: Around Argentina for a month -- Rosario, Buenos Aires, etc.