Category Archives: Buenos Aires

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 14, 9 April 2020.

 

Thursday 9 April 2020, 25 th day of SA Corona Virus, Day 14 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful that we are two-thirds through Round 1 of Lockdown, and that this week seems to have gone faster than the first week; that I managed to get fabulous baby spinach at Woolworths Camps Bay, after running around for it elsewhere yesterday; for another fabulous sunny day, but now the clouds are moving in, the temperature dropping for a partially wet Easter weekend to come; for being able to walk to the shops, and seeing a new family of Egyptian Geese chicks at ‘my’ stream at the Tidal Pool; for feeling peaceful; for dancing to lovely music on Kfm🎶; for my highest step count since Lockdown 👣; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Communication Circus in finding information about regulations for foreign Tourists not quarantining in South Africa!

 

I have tried to enquire about an Argentinian couple which could not return to its home country when our Lockdown was announced at short notice, living in the block of flats I live in, arriving as tourists two days before Lockdown (25 March). They did not go into quarantine as soon as they arrived in the building, but rather went Sightseeing and Shopping on the two days prior to the Lockdown. They also moved apartments inside our block during Lockdown. I contacted more than ten COVID-19 and other government-related agencies, and reached a dead-end, with no one knowing how to do deal with this couple. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: My Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 1, 27 March 2020!

 


Friday 27 March 2020, Day 12 of SA Corona Virus, Day 1 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for dancing the day away, KFM playing the most fabulous music; for Kfm broadcasting my Voicenote of Gratitude; for my now sparkling clean home; and for being so happy in my home, not feeling claustrophobic in my confinement, as I was worried might happen. 🙏💙

 

I finished my Sweet & Sour Service Awards Blogpost. I decided to discipline myself in going to Facebook, otherwise I would be there all day.

I did all the obvious Day 1 things, putting on new Bed linen, cleaning my bathroom, putting away clothes, tidying up my terrace garden, neatening my Heart stone collection, making a bigger space for skipping and dancing on a second terrace at the side of the bedrooms by moving a table out of the way, and tidying up my far too full stockpiled fridge.

I met Veronica, a sweet tourist from Buenos Aires, who is holed up next door to me because she and her partner could not get back. But then her husband started flying his drone all over Camps Bay, directly over our apartment block, and over my terrace. I lost my cool, but his English was not good enough to speak to me, wanting to Google Translate talk via his phone, between our partition slats. Luckily the apartment owner seemed more understanding than I’ve seen in almost 2 years, and seems to have communicated with him. Now they are on the terrace, doing What’s App calls full blast. 🥵🥵🥵 Ir’s going to be a long 21 days with them. 🥵

While I was cleaning this morning, I started dancing to Kfm, loving their music from 12h00 onwards. Tracy Laing and her ‘flou’ jokes were too irritating, so I switched to my Playlist until she was done. By midday I’d done 5000 steps, easily, and I realized that I’d get to 10000 👣 easily, and I was able to exert my heart too. I’m struggling with the skipping, needing to practice harder tomorrow. Carl Wastie did a Corona Gratitude section, asking listeners to tell a positive story. So I sent a message about my thanks to Kfm for keeping me dancing all day, which they broadcast 💃👣 And how moving was the Nkosi Sikilele broadcast on all radio stations, at 13h00 every Friday during lockdown. #loveSA❤️

I’ve seen about five persons walking, going to the supermarkets, and one homeless person scratching bins. And at least ten cars drive by.

I’m hoping to chat to Alain Barrios Chávez in Havana via Whats App.

As the Lockdown is a once in a lifetime event, I will post these daily Facebook posts on my Blog, feeling a book coming on.

I loved hearing a Western Cape Government anti-Litter ad on Kfm this morning, for the first time. And seeing a fabulous positive SA Tourism video, which I shared.

COVID-19: 1170 cases, 1 death in Durbanville, Cape Town, first in our country.

Keep safe and strong, and healthy😷❤️

FitBit 14500 steps 10,5 km 👣

Lovemylife❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown, announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

SwitchBitch Book 3 completes the Transformation Trilogy, Solo Travelling and Dancing the theme!

 

I have just completed writing my third SwitchBitch Book in the Transformation Trilogy, this one entitled ‘SwitchBitch: My Journey of Transformation in Travelling Solo, step by step’. 

This year was dominated by a trip of a lifetime. I had to summarise for myself and my Facebook friends what this trip had been all about, and I wrote a tongue-in-cheek story, about my journey through eight countries, walking and dancing 1,2 million steps and just under 1000 km in three months: Continue reading →

Lucky number 7 for Cape Town, voted Best City in the world seven times in a row, voted by Telegraph readers in the UK!

 

For seven years running Cape Town has been voted the Best City in the world, by 40000 readers of the UK Telegraph

 

A quote from the publication shares the following about our special city, from a tourist perspective: ‘We”ll put up with the occasional discomfort for the sheer joy of waking up with a real natural beauty’. The City is also praised for its iconic Table Mountain, ‘and it is precisely this unique geography, towering mountains that drop, at times perpendicularly, into the vast blue, that is so seductive’. Its proximity to Franschhoek wine region is also highlighted.

London or any other British City does not feature in the Top 20 Telegraph List, showing that UK tourists are prepared to travel far from their country to enjoy their holidays.  

I am happy to see Havana and Buenos Aires on the Top 20 List too, two cities which I visited just four months ago. 

 

The Top 20 List of the Best Cities in the World is the following: 

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Kyoto
  4. Sydney
  5. St Petersburg
  6. Singapore
  7. Venice
  8. Luang Prabang
  9. Seville
  10. New Orleans
  11. Havana
  12. New York
  13. Bagen
  14. Florence
  15. Istanbul
  16. Rome
  17. Dubrovnik
  18. Tokyo
  19. Krakow
  20. Buenos Aires

Photograph: taken from Tiger’s Milk in Camps Bay. 

 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

 

Returning home to Cape Town after three months on the (European and South American) road as a Solo traveler !

My post below comes from Facebook, a post I wrote in the last few days of my journey through eight countries, walking and dancing 1,2 million steps and just under 1000 km in three months. It was a tongue in cheek story about my journey, motivated in writing my third SwitchBitch Book, but also to share with my Blog readers the World’s 50 Best Restaurants I ate at in Lima, Buenos Aires, Santiago in Chile, Rio de Janeiro, and a Michelin star restaurant in Lisbon, with other great and not so great restaurants, and the interesting Mendoza wine region in Argentina, synonymous with Malbec and the largest in the country. I will be posting stories as soon as I have settled in again and got over the jet lag. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Don Julio Parrilla in Buenos Aires earns its 34th World Best Restaurant ranking with exceptional service!

Whilst visiting Buenos Aires, I was very fortunate to be able to reserve a table each at Tegui (86th Best) and at Don Julio Parrilla (34th Best) on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List. The two Argentinian restaurants swopped rankings this year, Don Julio having previously played second fiddle to Tegui, and the steak specialist restaurant jumped an incredible twenty one places to make it into the World’s 50 Best List, whilst Tegui dropped 31 places. My Tegui Review is on my Blog, and explains why the restaurant lost its standing this year. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to the Alvear Palace Hotel; Sour Service Award goes to Uber Buenos Aires!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Alvear Palace Hotel, and its Food & Beverage Manager Alfredo Daniel Rodriguez, for its Service recovery. I shared an unsatisfactory experience in the Bar of the Hotel earlier this week with the Hotel Receptionist, who passed on my card to Alfredo. Alfredo emailed me, and then called me, apologised, and invited me for a make-good, to experience their true five star service. And that it was, being shown a behind the scenes set up for a Barmitzvah and then offered the Bar Menu, and invited to order what I wanted. I had a first Jameson in Buenos Aires, and ordered a mushroom quiche with a salad. All sorts of extra treats accompanied this order. Gracias Alfredo and the Alvear. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Tegui Restaurant in Buenos Aires (86th Best in World) food does not match its interior design, oversalted, masculine in its presentation!

 

On Saturday evening I ate dinner at Tegui Restaurant in Palermo, Buenos Aires, getting a reservation easily at this the 86th Best Restaurant in the World. While it has an attractive interior design, its food presentation does not match this look, and while suggesting that it is Proudly Argentinian, it seemed a little too close to what Peruvian 6th Best Restaurant Central is serving! The Chef sadly oversalts his food.  Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Central Restaurante in Lima; Sour Service Award goes to Uber Buenos Aires!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Central Restaurante in Lima, Peru, and its hostess Chloe, for allocating a table to me for a lunch 24 hours later, when I arrived to eat at Central sister restaurant Kjolle last week. I had not been able to book a table at Central, sixth Best Restaurant on the World’s 50 Best restaurant list, 30 days in advance of my Lima dates via their online reservation system. Continue reading →