Fortunately, it does.
There's a beautiful patio area below street level just north of Plaza Ñuñoa, full of cafés with brightly-colored table umbrellas. It's really pretty here; I'm excited for tomorrow!
This evening, I met up with a couple of expats in Barrio Lastarria, a beautiful and lively part of town that reminds me of a slightly more urban version of Parque Lleras in Medellín. Lots of performers and street vendors, and a plethora of restaurants and bars. There are carabineros stationed throughout the public areas, and the streets are clean and well-maintained.
Over dinner at Sur Patagonica, we shared our respective residency experiences; they told horror stories about the Uruguay residency process, and I talked about my (much less painful) experience in Paraguay.
Well, it's T minus one week until I leave for Paraguay (with a stopover in Mendoza, Argentina). I should probably get off my butt and start making all the arrangements. Let's see here... what do I need to do before I leave?
- Find out if and how I need to pay the reciprocity fee for a US citizen entering Argentina (dang it; my passport's the wrong color again!).
- Confirm that I don't need a visa to enter Argentina as a US citizen (99% sure, but I should probably confirm it, just in case).
- Buy my bus tickets to Mendoza and (if possible) Asunción.
- Book a hostel in Mendoza for the duration of my stay.
- Book a hostel in Asunción so that I have proof of onward travel for Argentina immigration.
- Purchase Argentine Pesos for my trip (I've heard that it is complicated to exchange currency in Argentina).
Urf. Better get busy!
|A hidden gem just north of Plaza Ñuñoa (:|