Welcoming Spring with True Runner

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner. All opinions are my own.

Hi there!

Remember little old me? Yea, I’m still around, still slightly limping but mostly running! I found some things that work for me (maybe before I jinx it, I’ll write a post for it) and it’s been helping me gear up for Boston. So much… that dare I say I am dreaming bigger? Yes, I think, if the stars align and I do enough meditating, I might even have another BQ in me for 2017! I don’t know yet which race will be it, so if you have recommendations, let me know! I’ll try to re-qualify during the Boston marathon, but historically, I just never perform well in that race. I get excited and go out too fast, the headwind in the final 10K makes me whiney, and the whole wait to start drains out about 30 seconds of each of my miles. I’ll try, but plan B race needs to be found before September. I don’t know if my foot will ever love me enough to run daily marathons again, but I think there are hopes of me completely this list

If you’re a runner, Boston is probably one of the best cities to call your home, despite the drama and craze that comes from the Boston Marathon. With that large demographic, there’s no really no shortage of running stores, running groups, and running events. Especially once the sun starts to shine!

Recently, I’ve been exploring some new hoods and stumbled upon True Runner in Chestnut Hill Mall area (shopping mecca as I explored the new Wegman’s that opened up). True Runner  carries a wide range of shoes, apparel and gear to support all your running needs that you can come up with and more.

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Not only is True Runner a store created for runners, by runners, it’s also a community. To celebrate rising temperatures and the start of running season, True Runner is hosting their annual Spring Gear-Up event on Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20.

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Spring Gear Up Event

March 19 | 9:00 AM

The Gear-Up Event will have a bunch of delicious nutritional samples to try and be sure to stop in and take a picture in our photo booth. Share your photo and your “Why I Run” story with us socially for a chance to win great prizes. On-site brand reps will have countless giveaways and don’t forget we will have True Runner freebies all weekend long.

March 20 | 10:30 AM

The Gear-Up Event will have a bunch of delicious nutritional samples to try and be sure to stop in and take a picture in our photo booth. Share your photo and your “Why I Run” story with us socially for a chance to win great prizes. On-site brand reps will have countless giveaways and don’t forget we will have True Runner freebies all weekend long.

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Additional Event details:

    • Photo booth: share your picture and your “Why I Run” story on social media for a chance to win great prizes
    • Face painting
    • Prize wheel: spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes from top brands
    • Nutrition sampling
    • Brand reps on-site offering product expertise and demos

For more information visit True Runner and join fun kids like the ones below!

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Come join me on Saturday for a fun run at 9AM and to welcome the new spring collection at True Runner!

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Learn more about True Runner on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter!

20 Gifts Under $20 for your favorite (or second favorite) running addict

So I do this every year, where I kinda review things I have and things I wish to have and things I want every runner to have and combine to this list. For the most part, the list stays a bit static, but luckily some things are refillable and some things change priority for me depending on how much I run, where or I  run, or maybe in the case of 2015, how little  I run.

Without much more of a ramble, here’s the list!

It is not in any order besides my amazon search order. As a full disclosure, I do get a few pennies kickbacks from Amazon. So even if  you’re not shopping for running gifts, but are using Amazon, check out through one of my links so I can continue to support Jack Meower’s growing organic Wholefoods catfood addiction.

Due North Foot Rubz Foot Massage Roller – $13.99 Sort of a little alternative to the ball I usually recommend.

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Nuun Tablets – $15,38 for a 4-pack – Honestly, they just make pretty awesome hangover cures as well.

Nuun Active Hydration, Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tablets, Original Mixed Flavor 4-pack: Lemon+Lime, Tri-Berry, Orange, Citrus Fruit (4 Tubes/12 Tabs Per Tube)

Body Glide –  $9,95 for medium size. They make a for her version, but it’s twice the price and this is already odorless and works great, so what’s the point?

Seat Cover for your car  -$19.95  I won this once at a race, and its actually quite useful since I always tend  to just jump straight  back into the car after a race. Tony loves that.

Shower Pill – $9.99 Basically wipes your a travel shower lol.  Or you could just use babywipes,  but they look less cool in your race bag.

Athletic Body Wipes by ShowerPill-(10 Wipes)

KT Tape – $12.71 For the consistently injured runner who just wont give up.

KT Tape Kinesiology Tape, Original Cotton Elastic Therapeutic Tape, 16-Feet, Uncut Roll, Pink

Mini Foam Roller – $18.80 Fit for travel… as you can see I guess my list has a bit of a theme this year. Yay injuries and dealing with them.

Portable Charger – $9.99 For when you run 100 milers and need a recharge. Or when you travel and see to never be able to find an outlet.

Meals on the Run – $12.99 for kindle version.  A book with recipes that take under 30 minutes to scramble together

Compression Sock – $19.99 I know socks,  how cliche… but honestly, just like underwear you can never have enough… and giving underwear is more awkward.

Reflective Bracelets and kit – $13,97 I don’t run outside at night, but if you do, you should probably make sure people can see you. They give anybody a license these days (including me).

Skirtsports – Prices vary and their site always has some great deals!

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Toesocks – Okay so I’m back on socks, but everyone could use some cooler socks for the 3 times a year they go to a Yoga class (or maybe it’s just me).

Running Mug –  Kinda trinky, but all runners love coffee… how else do I survive the 20 miler after a week of work.

Runner mug, large 15 ounce ceramic running mug

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances – $10.19 I love The Oatmeal and I love running….. and he also has a great cat book as well

Runner’s Calendar – $14.99 Okay, so it’s another cliche gift idea, but runners are kinda obsessed and we do love calendar. But if your runner also loves  cats, dare I suggest this one instead?

Beer Socks – $11.99 okay I’m back on the socks…. and I’m not sure how comfortable they are in a marathon, but totally worth  sporting in a beer mile, right?

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Running Ornament – $16.99 or better yet, make your own!

Tea Tree Foot Soak – $14.95 It’s kinda  small pack, but its my fave!

Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt, Helps Treat Nail Fungus , Athletes Foot & Stubborn Foot Odor 16oz

Sparkle Skirt – $15.97 for Halloween or brunching runs, every girl (and boy) needs some sparkle in their run

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And there’s so many more!

For more idea check out my other lists:

2014 10 Gifts Under $20 (I guess I got lazy this year)

2013 20 Gifts Under $20

Have your own gift list or suggestions? Link up in the comments!

24 hours in Dubai – What to do on your layover

Okay so to be fair, my layover was not 24 hours, it was only 19 hours and I spent about 7-8 hours of those sleeping after a 14 hour flight. And of course, like any major cosmopolitan city,  you really need more than 24 hours to truly experience the city, but if you find yourself in the case of a layover with some time to kill, well I have some suggestions.

Dubai is kinda the city of excess… tallest building in the world?  check, 7 star hotel? check. Underwater hotels? Sure. Indoor skiing rings and private beaches built on the man made Palm Islands (literally islands built with beaches to look like palms trees from the sky. If you got money, it’s probably a good place to spend  it. VIP service is available everywhere.

If you don’t, or at least not to the same degree (hey some of us need to spread our pennies through the next 2 weeks and not just two days), well there’s still plenty to enjoy.

The first leg of trip from Boston to Bangkok was a bit around 14 hours with very little sleep on the plane. Our layover was in Dubai so we decided to do some sightseeing and catch up on some sleep that was not in  sitting up form.

The first place we went was the Dubai mall and to see Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world!

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We didn’t go to the top, because quite frankly, I find the views from the top in packed observation decks to just not be my thing but it was neat to see this tall tower.I couldn’t  fit the full tower into a frame, but we tried a bit.

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It is near the mall, while this is not the famed mall with the indoor ski slope, there is a fountain show that happens at night (and where I got no photos whatsoever).

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Also inside the mall is the third largest aquarium (by tank size) in the world.  While you do have to pay to walk through this tube thing, you can still view the general tank for free in the mall.

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It’s not as cool as scuba diving, but it’s a still is bringing some awareness to how cool marine life is (I hope).  I do wish they had more information about how overfishing is pretty much killing any future marine life.

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Baby sharks!!! soooo cute.

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And catfish just because I really love cats of any whiskers!

After some much needed sleep, we decided to get up and out to explore Dubai. We started with Bastakiya quarter which at 10AM was a bit empty compared to crowded European towns. If I had to do it again, I would come here in the evening as it’s near the waterfront and probably looks really cool lit up.

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Across the waterway for the extravagant price of about 30 centers, you can take a water taxi to see the historical Souks of Dubai. Actually, this was probably my favorite part of my Dubai visit.

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I love the merchant boats!

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Souks are basically little district market place with a mix of indoor and outdoor vendors. Yes before giant malls, these were the real markets of Dubai the built it to be the commerce city it is now. Although now mostly packed with tourists and hawkers, it was fun to see the partially covered alleyways and goods on display.

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We started with the textile souks as they began to open up.Dubai 051

Moved up to the spice souk

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How many can you name?

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And finally ended at the gold souk where each of those shops is selling the yellow bling.

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Does this gold make my butt look big??

Before we knew it, it was time to catch the second leg of our flight to head off to the airport!

Some tips

  1. Public transit is pretty easy, but if you’re in a hurry, they have Uber and it was fairly cheap. However, traffic is pretty terrible, so review your water taxi/train options as available.
  2. It’s hot and the city probably is more active in the evenings than during the mornings
  3. If you’re very into dining, do some research, we winged it and had some disappointing results, but I have heard that food in Dubai is great.
  4. If you’re going to see the show at Dubai fountain, don’t wait for the last show, because it might not happen!
  5. Relax, enjoy and window shop!

Books for runners – Meals on the Run review

To be fair, I don’t even know if I consider myself to be a runner anymore. It feels like a piece of my heart is lost on another world. Regardless, when Runner’s World offered me to review a few of their books coming out, I couldn’t help but accept their offer. I hope to one day be a “runner” again. I’m still registered for the 2016 Boston Marathon so who knows what the future will hold.

Meals on the Run – Available in Kindle currently for $5.59 and hardcopy $20.33

What this should really be called is food porn for healthy but lazy eaters.

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The recipes were contributed by elite runners like Kara Goucher, celebrity foodies Joe Cross and Mark Bittman, as well as many by registered dietitians and Rodale test kitchen. The book includes 150 under 30 minutes recipes for the following:

-Breakfast
-Smoothies and Juices
-Snacks and Sweets
-Salads
-Soups & Stews
-Pasta & Noodles
-Vegetarian Mains & Sides
-Seafood Mains
-Meat & Poultry Mains

And although it’s being marketed towards runners, I think any endurance athlete would appreciate the recipes.

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Each recipe provides the total time needed to prepare the dish, the nutrition per serving and number of servings the recipe will yield. Additionally many of the recipes offer a “quick tip” such as how to keep ingredients fresh or an alternate way to prepare or serve the dish. I found a few pretty obvious but there is always something knew to learn or maybe just an idea you didn’t think of before.

The book starts of with a runner’s kitchen essential shopping list, vegetable tips (useful to me) and a list of some time saving tools that I was proud to note that I owned most already!

And the recipes are also further broken up with gluten free, vegan, and low calories labels if you’re a restricted diet type of runner (person).

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But seriously, the book really is a healthy food porn and all the recipes so far have been so easy to understand, follow, and finding the ingredients has been easier than most.

Here’s my favorite recipes so far:

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And yes, this would make a great gift for a runner. Get a copy today Meals on the Run $5.59 on Kindle and hardcopy $20.33.

What’s your favorite cookboook?

Winter is coming and so are my other types of Marathons – NBC TVEverywhere

I know runners like to  brag  about how little TV they watch because they’re too busy you know running/being outdoors? But confession time, I probably wouldn’t make it through Boston training or even half my workouts (or even my Sunday session binge cooking/binge watching) without my TV without the actual TV (try saying that 10 times).  As much as I like to brag about being a hardcore New Englander, I don’t really enjoy being out in high negative windchills. I do what many animals do, hibernate!

Fact,  I haven’t had  a “TV” for over 12 years when I first went to college and no I don’t really miss it. I’m never really around when things are actually scheduled and I tend to bounce around from a marathon viewing session, to 20 minutes of an episode of something while I do one of my youtube workout videos.

Watch tv without tv! All you have to do is press play from your desktop and watch your latest full episodes of NBC shows the day after they air. Or watch them all in bulk on a cold snowy or just lazy day with NBC TVEverywhere. I can simply watch one of my NBC favorite shows right from my laptop. No TV provider or cable required! And yes, it’s free.

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One of my favorite TV shows was recently “reborn” as Heroes Reborn

From creator/executive producer Tim Kring, who imagined NBC’s original critically-acclaimed 2006 “Heroes” series, comes “Heroes Reborn,” an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives. Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, a.k.a. H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Meanwhile, the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate, Renautas (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), has an agenda of her own.

For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

Now it’s time to relax, hibernate and catch up on some favorite NBC shows like Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist, The Voice, Chicago Fire!

Visiting Iguazu falls – one of the seven wonders of the world

okay so maybe the seven wonders of the world varies by the writer and opinion, but there’s no denying that Iguazu falls is definitely up there as one of the best natural wonders of the world! I was trying to read more about what caused this natural wonder, but all I could really get is something about a volcano eruption about 200,000 years ago. So I guess you can say they’re 200,000 years young!

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Iguazu Falls aka Iguassu Falls or Iguaçu Falls, are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. There is 19 major waterfalls, with 5 of them on the Brazil side and the  rest in Argentina.  My whole experience  is limited to Argentina’s side.

I would have loved to have visited the Brazil side because although most of the waterfalls are in Argentina, the panoramic view is supposedly better from the Brazil side since some of the islands like San Martin break it up for us on the Argentina side. There  is also a bird Sanctuary in Brazil, but the boat ride (more on this later) is on the Argentine side.

To get to Brazil’s side, U.S. citizens need a Visa. Aside for that fact that said Visa costs 160USD per person, it also takes time to get one, or even if you can expedite (which there are rumors that you may or may not depending on your luck within 48 hours), the consulate is not open on weekends.  So with all the hassle required, we decided to keep our tourist spending on the Argentine side only.

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To  be honest, my pictures just cannot do justice to the natural wonder. Maybe its my crap photo taking skills, or all the drops my phone had on its head, or maybe its just the constant mist in the air. Either way, this will be one experience for the memory that just could not be accurately captured.

The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers (1.67 miles) of the Iguazu River

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There are literally waterfalls everywhere you go!

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Iguazu currently has the greatest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The water falling over Iguazu in peak flow has a surface area of about 40 Ha (1.3 million ft²) whilst Victoria in peak flow has a surface area of over 55 ha (1.8 million ft²) and Niagara has a surface area of under 18.3 ha (600,000 ft²). It’s quite crushing!

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These falls like others are  always receding. About 3mm (.1  in) per year. The powering of rushing water. I did read that the water only a few decades ago was completely clear, but now you will notice a brown sediment residue due to all the logging and destruction of forests that unsettles the ground, causes muggy water and destroys the rest of the ecosystem since the fish/animals cannot find what they need. Yes, millions of years of evolution cannot fight against the impact of humans =/.

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Some of the individual falls are up to 82 meters (269 ft) in height, though the majority are about 64 metres (210 ft).

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It is home to many animals (birds, cats, coati). We saw a few toucans which were cool and more coati (basically raccoons) than I wanted.

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Getting around the waterfalls was super easy. There were a series of 3 balcony circuits ranging around a mile give or take. The “circuits” for the most part were in a continuous stream where you enter on one end and exit on the other so although the paths are narrow  and there’s many people, for the most part the path is always moving.

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One of the main excursions is the boat ride into the falls.  There’s a few options, a long option that costs (560 Argentine Pesos 37-56 USD depending on your official versus blue exchange rate) and a short option that costs 350 pesos (23-35usd). Both options end up going on the two sides of the falls around San Martin Island and you get completely soaked. You can’t see much because of all the water and mist, but it’s a fun experience.  The longer tour takes a boat road through a bit of the river. We ended up opting for the short ride so we could spend the rest of the time walking around the park versus being a on a pretty packed  boat, but I would recommend either of the options.

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It is recommended to bring a dry set of clothes (they give you dry bags to protect your belongings on the boat), but me and Tony forgot about it and just air dryed ourselves out. It was about 85 degrees so we weren’t really cold.

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After the boat ride and covering most of the park, we were pretty hungry. If you’re smart, you would pack plenty of water and a small lunch as the food is more than a bit overpriced in the park (like all national parks). In the parks there’s a restaurant (I think buffet style) and if you go to the information desk in the entrance they give you a coupon that drops the price from 260 to like 180 pesos or something of that nature, plus 10% of drinks. There’s also a bunch of areas with fast food stands such as Subway sandwiches (they really are more spread than McDonalds these days),  individual pizza things and more Alfajores.

Within the National Park is also a Sheraton hotel. If you want to treat yourself it’s about $300 USD plus taxes a night and you get to spend the night in the national park. We were cheap and did not and opted for a $60 USD AirBnb apartment all to ourselves in town. But not being a guest in the hotel doesn’t stop you from enjoying a nice (by nice I mean okay enough) lunch with some wine and a view of the falls on a sunny patio.

I don’t know what the hotel sprays but the coati (raccoons) did not come up to the cafe.  They’re pretty aggressive in the park as they’ve become accustomed to tourists feeding them and finding all sorts of treasures in the park trash.  What we did see was some cool lizards (iguanas?) and plenty of birds flying over us. And also, besides wine, they have  some good lemonade.

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After lunch we went to  go see the main attraction of the park, Garganta del Diablo. The Devil’s throat, which I learned as I traveled through Argentina is a common name for many natural sights! To get there you can walk a dirt path of about 3-4KM or take a train that travels at the speed of 5KM per hour. We opted the train.

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In the morning the lines to the train were super long, but by the time we went there, things calmed down a bit. The train was still full, but not overfilled like the morning.

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Garganta del Diablo is a U-shaped, 82-meter-high (269 ft) , 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long (490 by 2,300 feet) cataract, marking the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory.

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Before I came there, I didn’t expect the view from the top of the falls to be that impressive. I prefer peripheral versus immediate views. But the sheer volume of water flowing right in front of you was almost overwhelming.

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Despite my hesitation of saving this stop for last, it was definitely one of my favorites in the park.
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After leaving the park and we went back to our AirBnb to rest up a bit before dinner. For dinner we went to Aqva in Puerto Iguazu, the town we were staying in. Although no reservations, we were able to get seated within 10 minutes. Tony got the  lomo (steak) and I ordered dorando fish dish with some ice cream for dessert. Everything was excellent.

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A few final tips and maybe tricks for Iguazu National Park (Argentina)

Please note all prices unless notes are in Argentine Pesos and are probably only applicable to October 2015.

  • Exchange money on the blue rate – This is probably only really related to Argentina and the craziness of the currency economy. The official rate is 1USD for 9.3 Argentine pesos, the blue rate that day was 15.8 pesos for 1 USD.   I did my exchange rate in Buenos Aires, but  I’m sure if you walk around the town Puerto Iguazu, you can find something in between. The restaurant we ate at was doing 1 USD for 14 pesos.
  • Bring Water – true for anywhere, but water in the park was 35 pesos for a little bottle. You got through it quickly so bring some with you from a store in town which it should be around 15 pesos (or less).
  • Bring Flip flops – If you plan on taking the boat ride, bring a pair of flipflops even you plan on wearing tennis shoes for the rest of the park. You cannot get into the boat with bare feet and your shoes like the rest of you will get soaked. I guess  you can put them in the drybag once on the boat.
  • Start early – Certain trails like Macuco trail closes early (3pmish). This 7K roundtrip goes through a less explored part of the part so your odds of seeing animals are higher. We did not do this trail in the interest of time and getting too caught up in searching for the boat ride. The train to Devil’s throat closes a little after 4pm even though the park closes at 6PM.
  • The train to Devil’s throat is packed 9:30 AM through 1pmish – I heard wait was around 1-2 hours at times. The train runs every 30 minutes and we had no wait around 3:30 in the afternoon.
  • There really isn’t much else to do in the area – Once you see the Brazil side and Argentine side, there isn’t much else as the trails outside the national parks are limited. Each country takes a day (I guess you could do both if you are really aggressive). Since we only have Argentina’s side we were finished in one day. There’s some missionary ruins or something, but if you’re short on time, you can probably skip (but cannot really comment from experience).
  • Transportation to the Falls – There’s a bus that goes from Puerto Iguazu  to the falls and I think its 100 pesos round or maybe one way, or maybe it’s less.  Either way the price varies depending on inflation so this was what it was October 2015. We couldn’t figure out the bus in the morning and with limited Spanish took a taxi to get to the park. I think we also missed the bus so the next one was 30 minutes away. Our cab from the town to the park was 130 pesos (about 9USD). We tried to get a cab back from the falls to the town, but this time the cabs were charging 260 pesos so we took the bus back to town for 100 pesos (50 per person).
  • Validate your ticket – Not sure if you’re coming through to the park a second day? Validate the ticket at the cashbox at the end of the day anyways. Don’t cost nothing and if you return you pay 50% off. Yes, the park charges you on a per day entrance fee (260 pesos for U.S. residents in oct 2015).
  • It’s pricey but total worth it for the one day I did – We spent 350 USD on flights per person round trip (about 30USD per person to change our Sunday flight from evening to morning). About 20USD each way for taxi from airport to town, from town to airport. Food for a nice meal was pretty inexpensive with drinks. We spent about 40USD for total for a dinner with steak, fish and  cocktails.

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Have you ever been? Got any other great inside tips and tricks?

Getting Lost in Cementerio de la Recoleta

Cemetery tourism? Yea, I’m guilty of it,  from the catacombs in Paris to the graveyards of New Orleans, it definitely makes it to the top of my sightseeing list. That’s why I was super excited that La Recoleta Cemetery was only a 20 minute walk away from my current flat in Buenos Aires.

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The cemetary opened in November 1822 and now contains contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentine government and are protected by the state

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Here lie, Argentine’s rich and powerful. The exclusive cemetery is the last stop for the country’s most celebrated (and controversial) presidents, intellectuals, army generals and entertainers.

recoleta cemetery 1One of the most famous visits is Eva Peron (Evita). Although, I have to confess her tomb compared to the others is rather unimpressive on its own.  Three years after former First Lady Perón died of cancer in 1952, her body was removed by the Argentine military in the wake of a coup that deposed her husband, President Juan Perón. The body then went on a transatlantic odyssey for nearly twenty years before finally being returned to the Duarte family mausoleum in Recoleta Cemetery. She now lies in a crypt five meters underground, heavily fortified to ensure that no one can disturb the remains of Argentina’s most beloved and controversial First Lady.
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The other famous grave (that I am not posting a photo of because with the position of the sun looked like crap) is Sarmiento. He is the only one that i saw arrows pointed to his tombstone which made it easier to find. Sarmiento is remembered for promoting education for Argentine children and women, and democracy for Latin America. Sarmiento  designed his ostentatious tomb himself before his death.

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The tours in english are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11AM, but since I will be at work, I just had to make up my own stories  as I wandered along.
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By the time I was hungry and ready to leave, my iphone steps app told me I stepped out 5 miles and still didn’t feel like I saw everything. A second trip might be called in later!

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If you’re into graveyard ruins porn, there is no shortage as many of the crypts have some damage to them despite the locks.

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It is easy to get lost, but if you keep track of the main path in the middle, you can always find your way to the exit.

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By the time I was ton, I have hundreds photos that I did my best to limit!

This one below was my favorite. Twenty-six-year-old Liliana Crociati de Szaszak was killed by an avalanche in Austria. Her tomb was designed by her mother in the Neo-Gothic style, in decided contrast to the other tombs in the cemetery. A life-size green bronze statue of Liliana in her wedding dress sits adjacent to her tomb. Following the death of Liliana’s beloved dog Sabú, a bronze statue of the dog was added, with Liliana’s hand resting on the dog’s head. If I was rich and famous, I would totally have my cats in stone with me.

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Speaking of cats, if you walk around the cemetery, you might notice these cute and friendly fur friends. The kitty colony is taken care of by this widow, but that she is extremely private and didn’t want any publicity. They are being taken care of, fed daily and all are spayed and neutered. Not sure what will happen after the widow passes away, but for the now, the cats are taken care off, despite cat adoption not yet being very popular in Argentina. There’s a documentary in the works about these cats and I want to take one home with me. After all, Jack needs a brother.

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Final Tips

  • Cemetery is free to enter
  • It looks small, but the paths are tight and there is much to see. I recommend comfortable shoes
  • English tours are available at 11AM on Tuesdays and Thursday. There’s Italian tours on Wednesday and I think Spanish tours more regularly.
  • If you get hungry, there’s a juice bar I loved about a 10 minute walk away  from the tourist starbucks and hard rock cafe. Be Juice also does sandwiches, salads and everything tasty.