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Inefficiencies

Jaw dropping, head shaking, eye bulging inefficiencies. Enough to make fists clench and feet stomp. 

Here was I thinking coffee service on Saturdays is slow and the postal system is a tad sloppy. 

Nicht, nei, ne and no. South America takes the cake. The whole cake and eats it painfully slowly. 

Blissfully unaware of their chaotic systems, I found myself wanting to jump across the counter with a whistle, point and shout, creating order and increasing productivity in a military-style fashion. 

I resisted. I think they’re happy being inefficient. Keep stamping people, keep stamping.

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South America

Transformational leather

We were not about that DJ, but we were about having a big night.

Lunch in Palermo made last night’s drinks sit a little better in the stomach. Dolce de leche ice cream was a cool relief for our heightened body temperatures. Food was a great hangover helper but no cure.

Las Pepas changed all that. Just another look at their funky leather goods was transformational.

With a skip in our step and grins the width of Palermo, we bounced out the door swinging our purchases, not even noticing the feather light weight of our pockets. 

Las Pepas (Avenida Santa Fe 3253, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires; http://laspepas.com.ar)

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lost

Nothing really went according to plan. Not one thing.

We paid far too much for a daily pass to Uruguay because we messed up the exchange rates; walked in the wrong direction for over an hour; found ourselves at a highway cross road in what appeared to be the wasteland of Coochiemudlo; hitchhiked back to where we got off on the wrong foot; and then sat down at a restaurant completely famished.

At the height of starvation we waited an unexplainably lengthy period for a coffee and sandwich; unintentionally flashed half the tourists in Colonia going up the lighthouse stairs; and insulting all English-speaking boat passengers on the hour long ride home as we listed and laughed at the most ghastly baby names we could think of.

Apart from that, we had a lovely time wondering around picturesque historic quarter of Colonia (not to be confused with the highway wasteland). 

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Colonia, Uruguay