Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
Since the ferry to Buenos Aires didn't leave until 12:00, I had a little time to kill. I found a market and bought a few things. I didn't even know what I was getting, but picked it up anyway. I realized that I did like mate' after all and wanted to buy a mate' cup, but this early in the morning, the vendors were not out yet. So I did buy a couple of bags of mate', which was crazy after all. Just saw it at Island Naturals for pretty reasonable price.
The Bulquebus ferry back to Buenos Aires was very classy. Its name was Fernando. I wasn't even in first class, and it felt first classy. Highly recommended! There was food to purchase on board, duty free shopping, as well as currency exchange. Seats were comfortable. You had to wear these plastic booties to protect their nice carpet.
And then I was back in Buenos Aires. An area of note, Puerto Madero, is next to the ferry station, so I had planned to spend the rest of the day there, thinking it was a shopping as well as a restaurant area. Although very nice, it really was just a restaurant area. I have a pretty good sense on direction in BA, I think it's because I purchased a map earlier. I knew that we were near the heart of the city, where there was shopping. I went looking for a mate' cup, but never did find one. I did find a place to shop though, the Galerias Pacifico, famous for their ceiling paintings, and also in the Christmas spirit already.
I did not have enough time to have a steak dinner before I had to get to the airport, so I had some ceviche, back at Puerto Madero. It also came with a mushroom "relish" and bread, while I waited. And so, after getting to the airport via the company of a very nice cab driver who loved American music from the 70s, I said Ciao to South America. And Gracias. With Hope that I will return someday.
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.