Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Planning a far away Vacation - Silver Wedding to Argentina from Norway

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This cyber trip is only a fraction of the time to go there compared to do it in real life. From Norway - door to door it's about 22 hours to Buenos Aires. But you can be there and even learn someting in 2 minutes, about planning such a long trip. That is what this post is about besides a tribute to a small, servicemined travel agency.

It's easy these days to plan a long distance Vacation.
(Not like my daughter who actually is moving from Miami Beach to Hong Kong. In a very short time she have to "clean up" all her "things" in Miami, bring back to Norway what she would like to be stored here, sort out what to bring to Hong Kong, and open a new business, all alone, find accomodation etc.)
Well back to Vacation planning. I did start planning in the beginning of June, when we had our Internet connection established from our Summerhouse. Silverwedding - Silver - Argent = Argentina -- see the point?
Flight Tickets Oslo - Buenos Aires and return is easy. That's done in some 30 minutes to find your right price, comfort and Flight Schedule (my regular readers might remember some surprises there - but after all Lufthansa fixed our time schudele challenges very well - Computer programming "Summertime differences in Europe/USA/South America that in 2007 were not adjusted due to the fact US changed their dates summer/wintertime dates without negociations with the rest of the world -. that's a fact - and thus a problem for it-programmers).

First Hotel: Also easy to find on Internet. I did search for Buenos Aires - hotels - central

Ended up with Grand Hotel de la Paix. Very central and the Suites are, when travelling at own expence, a great choice. Standard rooms might be, for some they might feels small. (In B A - sleep?) But you have a fridge, Restroom, TV, Phone and Internet connection. Breakfast is included (even with local "Champagne" - Chandon owned by Möet y Chandon)

What we have learned from earlier travels, when you need advice to travel inside the Country of your destination: Ask the locals. They know best and do it cheaper than from abroad.
This is Downtown Buenos Aires - with two Viking women
Then again, Internet is the of course your Tool. We Searched for to Destinations in Argentina.

First priority was The Iguazu Falls. I did search for: Iguazu - roundtrip.
Then we could also make a short visit into Paraguay. (that would be some Photos later - with a limited use of words. I'll tell how you can arrange it with no paper work). Besides it would be Ingelin's Country # 64 to visit,

Next was: Buenos Aires - Uruguay - Daytrip - Here two Women captured in a Bus with an english spoken Guide. Colonia, Uruguay.
Then several options were talked about

We happend to find best prices and quickest answers from Argentina Inside:

It was a processes, so to speak, as I would have our Silver Wedding Honeymoon perfect. No misundertanding allowed. See the point, I speak Norwegian, the travel agency Spanish, so we communicated in English.

Lot's of emails. We agreed. But before ther last agreement, you know what happened? I got a call from Ramiro in Buenos Aires, to confirm exactly what were agreed upon.


And also an offer, to deliver our Tickets and sightseeing and meal Vouchers at the hotel we have choosed the evening we arrived in Buenos Aires.

I wrote back (e-mail): That would be a pleasure. I give you a dinner for your fantastic service.


This is what Ramiro gave us. A Passport to Buenos Aires. And with his storytelling about the metropol and what you can choose among. yeah, this is truely a fantastic Passport - Open it, and you have the whole B A before your hands, so to speak.

Ramiro came to our hotel at the time we had agreed upon. Explained in detail all tickets and vouchers and what to do and look for.


Inside. all tickets and Vouchers for Lunch and Sightseeing in Colinia - explained in detail. Even the passport and check in and out procedures.

Here he is, Ramiro when we met him at the Hotel's Breakfast room

Then we talked about what to to after returning from Iguazu. We talked about it for a while, he noted our wishes, went out for dinner - his advice (we can recommend it as well - but here you need cash (not much)) and that we would meet in his Office to have our Flight Tickets to Salta, Hotel and Rent a Car.

Papa and Ramiro talking and discussion about what to do in Buenos Aires and Argentina a late Sunday evening.

Ramiro did recommend this restaurant - it was just around the corner - He did a good choice .

We both had Fish. The only important person we missed was Ingelin, As her Flight from Miami was cancelled. And we had to wait until 4 am. That's another story.


Here Ramiro and me are talking about alternatives for our last week (only Anna and me)


Anna and Ingelin - waiting so nicely - in the office

This is what I call Service. Like we once had in Europe. And to be straight forward: I do not have any relationship nor business agreements with the person nor the company his working for. And there will be no "Google-money" for me to earn on this post. I'm a true Cybercruiser, that only have one thought in mind: Enjoy and learn for free - sharing.

More to come...

Cybercruisers do discover. Do you? Click for a free ride And obtain the best advices you can find on the net. And also to find the best of cybercruisers. The A-team members.
Have a nIce journey
PS. This post is Written without my regular glasses. Pls excuse. Both text and the layout - photos and text, I mean (Besides it should have been posted days ago - reason here) My eyes are one hand away from the screen - hahaha.

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26 Comments:

Blogger Fleur de Lisa said...

What a well-planned trip. You could be a tour guide yourself, Tor.
I hope Ingelin is safe and has had no more problems with robbers!

January 17, 2008 2:17 am  
Blogger lime said...

it sounds like things could oto have gone better. how fortunate to have someone like ramiro giving you good tips.

January 17, 2008 2:43 pm  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

How fabulous to have this kind of helkp for planning and executing the trip...He us certainly an attractive young man...! It ALL sounds Wonderful, Tor....What a trip1!

January 17, 2008 7:11 pm  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

Wonderful post with tips, if we suddenly decided to go to Argentina I've saved this info!!!! Great service is always memorable. I'll never ever forget Iguazu either.

Sorry for being late here - and with the linking, but real life came between. The link to this post will be up as soon as possible. Just came home from visiting Mom. Tired as... I don't know.... since neither of us got any sleep last night - for unknown reason we just couldn't sleep. Incredible that we're staying awake right now!

I tried last night to fix the linking in a new way, but I were too tired to get it to work. I've decided to change some things and will announce it in my next post!

So, please forgive me and have some patience....

January 17, 2008 7:50 pm  
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January 18, 2008 12:49 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

Geez, you are very well organized ! The only roundtrips we did was through the USA in end 80 until 94. Every two years combining 2 weeks roundtrips in different States and 12 days resting at my aunts house in Madison. We travelled through almost all States except Alaska and Hawai. But it was easy, flight booking no problem, renting a car neither and the first motel we booked from here it was always Best Western and then we booked from one Best Western to the other, just the place where we wanted to stop. That was very smooth and we never had any problem.
Argentinia is not a country I would like to visit. It's too spanish for me. I would rather like Peru.

January 18, 2008 7:46 am  
Blogger TorAa said...

@Gattina: I can't help it, but must say the following: The Vice King of Spain was located in Lima, Peru.
Argentina is the largest country in the world with Italians. If you want to see the best of the Andes, All the highest peaks are in Argentina also an area with lots of indigenous people and small settlements. Argentina is also the country in South America with the most different climates - from tropical, desert, mountain, rainforests, wasteland, rivers and antartic climate.

January 18, 2008 10:08 am  
Anonymous RennyBA said...

Your such a great explorer and adventure learning from others and find the right people to take advices from.

Its okay this post is a bit late as we know about your daughters tradic experience. Hope she's soon back in Norway, safe and sound!

January 19, 2008 3:01 am  
Anonymous chase said...

I am somewhat like you since I usually plan a trip as early as possible so things are well laid and travel will be smooth later.

January 19, 2008 6:27 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Well, Tor, you've done a lot better than I would without glasses!

Some of the hints are going to be helpful when I start travelling. It sounds like a lot of fun and it would sure get the excitement factor building.

January 19, 2008 2:21 pm  
OpenID A. said...

It sounds really wonderful, and superbly planned. We're starting to think about our approaching wedding anniversary (ruby - I can't believe it!) but can't plan in advance because of my mother's health.

January 19, 2008 5:59 pm  
Blogger Maribeth said...

This is so interesting. Since Hubby was an Airline Pilot he traveled all over the world, for work and for pleasure. It seems whenever we travel, he does all the research and makes all the Itinerary Plans. I can't complain, he has shown me the world!
Just not Sweden or Norway....yet!

January 20, 2008 12:31 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

I know that you are away for the WE but when you have time please watch this very special little video on my blog. It is absolutely hilarious and shows the demolition of several houses in Brussels. It happened last week. They did it so good, that the neighbor found himself with a toilet without wall.
I found it on a Belgian blog.
Laughter guaranteed !

January 20, 2008 9:19 am  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

I hope the weekend has been pleasant :-)

I just stopped by to say this: be sure to catch up at Lifecruiser when you're back. I've written several posts about changes to the Cyber Cruise!

January 20, 2008 2:00 pm  
Blogger Ginnie said...

Reading you, Papa, is always Pure Delight! :)

January 20, 2008 7:27 pm  
Blogger ghee said...

what a grand grand vacation,Tor!!all i can say is a big wow!!i hope i can do that too,one day!during the silver anniversary :)

nice to see you and your family pics :)

Happy Monday !!

ghee

January 21, 2008 9:04 am  
Anonymous claudie said...

You are the king of trip organisation! With these good plans sure you can't miss the best to see! I understand better the power of the vikings in the old times! Merci pour tous les bons conseils! Incroyable, comme le Lifecruisercybertour est instructif!

January 21, 2008 9:38 am  
Blogger Caroline said...

I'm hanging on for dear life but gosh - You do move around fast! I've never been to any of the South American countries but I did buy a book on Argentina last year (I was hopeful!). This is a much better way to learn about a country - I love the photos.

Carolie

January 21, 2008 10:13 am  
Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

You are pretty organized for this trip Tor. I love the pictures...especially the ones of your lovely ladies. Anna and Ingelin look great....and so do you.

January 21, 2008 9:11 pm  
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