Last year, I spent Xmas day on a friend's boat wearing a bikini - that's just wrong!
First of all, you can't go posting a sentence like that and not post a photo or three. And secondly, I'll be the judge of what "wrong" and what's "oh-so-right".
I'm thinking about having a xmas dinner, Georgia style with a hint of Cali, in San Telmo.
You have to clarify when you post. Are you talking "Georgia" as in "the peach state" or as in "your Russian neighbors are likely to carve you in two at any moment? And when you say "Cali", do you mean "laid back California style"? Or do you mean "Cali, Colombia" in which case there could very well be mounds of coke and everyone will be packing heat?
I haven't made my Christmas plans yet and as long as your version of San Telmo doesn't mean south of Altopista 25 de Mayo, it could definitely doable. (I spent Christmas Eve just south of Defensa where it turns into Regemiento de Patricios... a.k.a. La Boca and I just don't want another Christmas in the ghetto. I mean, I'm not Elvis afterall.)
For NYE, I'm meeting some people from the bay-area in Floripa. I dont know the details yet, but I know getting there is going to be a pain; i going to return by bus and may fly there direct or fly iguazu and take the bus to FLN. I need to take advantage of my brazilian visa since the punks only made it valid for 1yr
I went to Floripa in January/February this past year because my 5 year Brazilian visa was about to expire. (A friend who got his visa a tad bit rushed in the States for the exact same wedding trip to Brazil found out that he paid the same as I did, US$100, for a 90 day visa
!) No one at the consulate in BsAs, the border patrol when we crossed, or the main police station in Floripa knew whether it was:
A) 5 years from the date I obtained the visa
B) 5 years from the date I entered the country the first time
So I had it officially extended/clarified for free at the main police station on the island.
I took the bus both ways and if you like 5 movies on a 24 hour bus ride that really takes 28 hours (with one of the movies starting
at 2:30am...), then you will love the bus. With stops at restaurants/ convenience stops where the drivers get kickbacks, as well as an hour plus at this lovely border crossing:
No, it's not a maximum security prison. It's the border crossing where your bus disappears for about an hour.
Travellers wait at the border for their passports to be returned while stray dogs and barefoot children sleep behind them.
Opposite angle with street kids on the left, stray dogs on the right
I went to a fabric store in ONCE and bought 2 meters of towel fabric. It's about 1.4 meters wide, so it was plenty big for an extra blanket on the bus (very important because it can get über cold because of the airconditioning) and then it served as a massive beach towel with possible enough room for two people.