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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Monday, January 05, 2009 - 5:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey there,
I am planning a trip to Mardel in mid-March, I have a few questions;

What will the weather be like? I understand it will be nearing the end of the summer, will it be humid? rain? too cold to swim?

How busy will it be? mostly tourists? locals?

Since I don't know any espanol what so ever, will it be hard to get around and do things?

Any info, or anything else that you think would be helpful would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Chans
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 7:12 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Last March the weather was still very warm and pleasant. Also, as all the children have gone back to school, you will only find couples with very young children and retired people. It is probably the best time of year to come. Most of the tourists in Mardel are Argentine, although foreigners are just starting to find us.

With regard to the language, you won't have any problems. You will find many locals that speak excellent English and everybody here will try and practice what little English skills they have. I know a Canadian couple living here for six months (they have escaped the Canadian winter) without any Spanish and are doing just fine, shopping and interacting with the locals.

Hope this helps.

Michelle
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 12:43 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks a bunch for the info, cannot wait to go. As soon as we get our flights taken care of, I might need your help with booking a bus to Mardel.

Chans
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 8:31 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Chans,

Look forward to meeting you and please feel free to ask any questions.

Michelle
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 - 3:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Michelle,
hope all is well. So our flights are finally booked, we are arriving in Buenos Aires on Sunday 14-March noon, and departing on Saturday 21-March evening. Now we've got to fill in the week with an itinerary. We were thinking of catching a bus to Mardel as soon as we can, like Sunday late afternoon. We would like to check in to a hotel Sunday night. The size of our entourage will be five guys, so I'm assuming we should book the bus before we arrive in BA, but if we don't how hard would it be to catch a bus that evening.

Much appreciative,
Chans
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 - 8:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Also, some of the hotels we've been looking at are booked for that week, do you have any suggestions on hotels. Our criteria's are:
-walking distance to bars/restaurants
-$50-$100 range/double room
-amenities not much of an issue, since we will be out and about majority of our stay

Will we have problems if we don't book ahead.

Thanks again.
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 9:09 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Chans,

I would book your tickets online before you leave as I am sure you would like to book five seats together. I would check out www.flechabus.com.ar. An English friend booked through them recently via their website and without any Spanish knowledge and had no problem. You need to pick your tickets up one hour before departure. Make sure you print off the information from the internet, which you exchange for the tickets. Make sure you book the five front seats upstairs - they are the best seats.
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 9:16 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

With regard to hotels Chan, you won't have any problems finding something when you arrive, but as you will be tired, I would book something.

There is a wonderful aparthotel near my house on 29 floors and walking distance to all the clubs. Look at this link - http://www.manantiales.com.ar/ - they have apartments that sleep up to 6 and is one block from the sea.

If you prefer a small, but very nice and comfortable B&B have a look at this link - http://www.playavareseinn.com.ar. Near my house and also one block from the sea.

If you prefer a hotel, let me know and I can add some more links.

If you need help with any of the Spanish websites, please let me know.

Regards

Michelle
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 1:37 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Michelle, so we've pretty much decided on a hotel. We will be staying at Hotel Riviera when we are in Mardel. I will need your assistance in booking the bus from BA. I've been trying to translate the site, and have gotten nowhere.

Cheers,
Chans
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 7:59 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Chan, the Hotel Riviera looks great, but most locals will tell you not to stay downtown. The central beaches aren't the best and of course, you did say you want to be walking distance to the clubs. The bars and clubs are situated either in the South or North of the city and not too many in the centre. The centre is more restaurants, shops, cinemas and theatres.

I will help you with the website, just let me know what parts you don't understand and I can translate for you.

Regards

Michelle

PS What age group are you so I can give you a list of bars and clubs? Some clubs are 18+, 21+ 23+ 25+ 35+ etc.
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 4:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Michelle, we had a consensus on which area to stay, and the city center won out. Our age group is 29-31, so we are trying to avoid the teen crowd. In regards to booking the bus, we might be taking a shuttle straight from the airport with a bus company called Manuel Tienda León Transport Company.

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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 4:41 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Michelle, we had a consensus on which area to stay, and the city center won out. Our age group is 29-31, so we are trying to avoid the teen crowd. In regards to booking the bus, we might be taking a shuttle straight from the airport with a bus company called Manuel Tienda León Transport Company.

Chans
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BIG AL
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 6:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Good time to be there ,,,,Feb is nuts 24/7 wild with wall to wall people...been there twice ...make sure you book in advace though...buses to see the Sea lobos near by....nice beaches five minutes away...and the Navy yard Big Al food great
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BIG AL
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 6:29 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

coma suite = seat become a bed dinner movie /lunch coffee wine...semi -coma seat opens at bottom and go back a bit,,,The service from B.A. is semi ...they give you a snack on bus sometimes,,,,Big Al the town parties late Casino is Big,,,again the Big Man
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 6:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Chans,

Manuel Tienda Leon is probably your best bet as you are five and therefore you would need to book two taxis into town to pick-up another bus. The direct bus takes about 6 hours and costs 140 pesos each one way.

The only problem with the direct bus is the time difference from when you arrive at the airport to when the next bus leaves. This could work out hours as the case of somebody else who asked me this - infact they would have had to wait six hours. Go online to Manuel Tienda Leon and send them an e-mail to double check your arrival time against their bus times.

Michelle
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 10:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Michelle, hope all is well. So its slowly coming together. We've booked our flights, we've reserved seats with Manuel Tienda Leon, it'll be a two hour window from our arrival and bus departing to Mar Del Plata. So now all we've got to do is fill in the itinerary, below is a link that shows a rough idea of what we want to do, feel free to suggest restaurants, bars, etc. Thank you for all your help.

ITINERARY
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pk38bE7wMVC NqV2h9v1L2Og
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 11:14 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Chans,

You really are organised. The problem with Argentina, is that nobody here is organised. lol

You have plenty of time to organise restaurants - in general we book a day in advance and in March even on the day won't be a problem. There are loads of restaurants, bars, discos, clubs - you will be spoilt for choice.

I have three English guys and an American guy here at the moment and we plan on trying the Jazz Club tonight. It should be a great night.

If you need any more help, please let me know.

Michelle
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 7:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Michelle, can you tell me where the bus station is located in Mardel, if you know the address that would be awesome. I want to map out the distances from our hotel.

You're right, I am really organised, since this is my first time planning a trip with the boys, and they've placed their trust in me. I've traveled to many places on my own, but for some of my friends, that ain't the case. So there are certain things they are worried about, and I keep telling them not to worry. Trips like this needs some element of surprise and the ability to be spontaneous.

If you're not busy that week, we should get together. We will be celebrating my friends birthday that week, and he's also getting married later this year, so we're also celebrating his last taste of freedom. lol

Chans
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:44 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Chans,

Thanks for the invitation - I can always find time to socialise....

The bus station is call La terminal and is situated between the following four streets Alberti (main entrance), Sarmiento, Las Heras y Garay. It won't cost you more than 6 pesos in a taxi to the hotel.

Michelle
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Looking at your potential schedule, these are a couple of clubs you might consider www.pinarderochamdq.com.ar. For your friend's birthday I would suggest www.sobremonte.com.ar. I went there the other night for my first time and it was awesome. You can book the mexican restaurant for 35 pesos each including Margaritas plus service charge and drinks (50-60 pesos each) and then get free entrance to the nightclub.

Both clubs are in Constitucion (north of the city).

Look forward to meeting you very soon.

Michelle
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Chans Vilayvong
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Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 3:53 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Michelle, do Argentinians celebrate St. Patrick's Day, 'cause here in Canada its a big thing, an excuse to get drunk, since we'll be there for that week. It would be awesome to celebrate St. Paddy's day in Mardel.

Chans
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 7:35 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Chans,

They did have a big celebration last year in one of the Plazas. I am sure it will take place again this year. I know of one Irish girl who lives here, although I haven't met her. There are also a couple of so called Irish pubs (too nice and clean to be Irish).

Looking forward to meeting you.

Michelle
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paul truong
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Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 12:44 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Michelle,
I am thinking of heading to MDP the first week of April, will it be warm enough for beach stuff? and any suggestions for renting an apartment? I am looking at a 1 week stay. Thanks!!!!

Paul
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Michelle Alison
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Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 8:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Paul,

April is a hit and miss month because it is autumn. It might be too cold for the beach, but many people still swim in the sea. We have had an extremely hot and wonderful summer and the weather is still around 30 degrees, so it could still be warm at the beginning of April. There will still be a lot of surfing and loads of nightlife.

If you decide to come, let me know and I can find you an apartment. Prices will be low in April, except of course around Easter when they will go up.

Regards

Michelle

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