Thump!

Amanda and I looked at each other, concerned because the only other vehicle near us was a motorcycle. Our cab driver stopped as we looked back and confirmed that he did in fact hit the motorcycle. We were stopped in the middle of an exit ramp, motorcycle laying on the ground, listening to the (uninjured) motorcyclist and the cab driver yelling at each other in Spanish.

Having never been in a situation like this, we weren’t sure what we were supposed to do. As soon as I knew the man on the motorcycle wasn’t injured, my focus shifted. The meter was still running, and we were on a tight schedule. After a few minutes (and a few more Argentine pesos) Amanda asked the cab driver, “Debemos encontrar otro paseo?” Should we find another ride? No, he insisted we would be on our way momentarily. The two men continued to yell at each other as they paced along the exit ramp, looking like they might start throwing punches at any moment.

A little more waiting, a few more pesos on the meter, and we decided we waited long enough. Amanda told the driver we thought it would be best for us to find another ride, we grabbed our bags and got out of the car. The driver seemed a little angry, probably because he wasn’t getting any money out of us, but that wasn’t our concern. We had just gotten off a flight from Iguazu Falls and were headed back to our hotel in Buenos Aires for a quick dinner before Amanda had to get to the international Buenos Aires airport for her flight back to Atlanta. We didn’t have time to wait for the motorcycle crash situation to get resolved.

Suddenly we realized we were standing on the side of the road on an exit ramp, not quite close enough to the city to start walking (at least we hoped we wouldn’t have to do that) and hoping we could find another cab. Trying to hail a cab on an exit ramp is not ideal. Cab after cab passed us by, but they were already occupied. Finally an empty cab saw us and pulled over.

“Tus ojos!” he kept saying to me. Basically he saw the look in my eyes when he was driving by, and even though he was off duty and on his way home to see his wife and newborn baby, he knew he had to help. At this point the adrenaline started wearing off a little, we calmed down, and we were finally able to laugh about the crazy situation. I usually like to plan out the major details of a trip, but you can’t plan things like this. What started out as a typical taxi ride from the airport turned into quite a stressful and comical ordeal.

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10 comments on “Crashing in Buenos Aires

  1. Spartacusjr

    i dont like to make plans bcs most of the time things wont go the way i normally plan. But im glad that everything got workout for you!!! How did you like Buenos Aires?

    1. admin Post author

      I liked Buenos Aires a lot, but we didn’t get to spend much time there, just 2 days I think.

  2. lynn weaver

    Ali you are the world traveler, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures. You have seen more in a few short years than most people see in a lifetime. Mack & I are leaving Wed for a Mediterrean cruise and a few days in Rome, can’t wait. I am long overdue for a vacation. Come have lunch with us sometime, would love to see you. You mentioned you are in Richmond working, you are still with PAM? I hope to see Andrea when I am in Seattle the latter part of August, I saw her in Vancouver at the AIA back in June & mentioned i would be in Seattle so hopefully can find some time to meet up. I going to Prague next April, tell me what i need to see. Take care & keep posting.

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Lynn! The cruise sounds like fun! I absolutely love Rome. I’ll be in Prague at Thanksgiving for about 3 days, so I’ll let you know how that goes. Yes, I’m still at PAM, I was just in Richmond for a broker visit. I’d love to come have lunch with you guys one of these days, it’s just hard to work it out since I work all the way up in Kennesaw, but hopefully I can figure something out soon. Thanks again for reading my blog!!

  3. ayngelina

    Wow that sounds like a crazy start and definitely one I’d be glad to have another person around to deal with.

    1. Ali Post author

      Yes, I was so glad she was with me, especially since she’s fluent in Spanish and I hadn’t used it in years. Great trip though!

  4. Poi

    These type of things are always annoying at the time but they always make for good stories! Glad no one was hurt.

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks, I definitely agree! And this one we were able to laugh at within a half hour :-)

  5. Gia

    Great story! I love that you are writing about your travels!! Definitely entertaining. I wish I could get up the nerve to just take off likeyou do..but at least i can get to see all these places through your pictures.

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Gia! I miss you! Go to my links page and click on Grounded Traveler, he’s afraid of flying but finds ways around it and pushes through it when he can because you can’t let that fear stop you from doing things you want to do. His blog is really good.

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