When you have a two year-old you quickly learn who their favorite TV characters are – Mickey Mouse, Handy Manny and of course, her favorite, Doc McStuffins (Doctora Juegetes in Spanish). Of course if you don’t have kids, these will probably not mean a lot to you, but Doc McStuffins was one of the hottest toys this Christmas. Here she is:
So, it came as quite a surprise when I was walking by the Tutti Frutti store in Buenos Aires and saw this one:
Yep, in Argentina Doc McStuffins is now white. While this is not the “official” Disney version (the TV show is the same as in the States), I found it pretty crazy that they decided to change her skin color. Luckily, all their other toys seemed to be the correct color… The Pink Panther was indeed pink.
Argentina, definitely not the politically correct capital of the world.
Since every other site is doing a “Year In Review,” we decided to jump on the bandwagon too… So, without further ado, here’s the Discover Buenos Aires 2012 Year in Review!
- We wrote 47 blog posts in 2012. While not prolific writers, that beat the 41 blog posts of 2011.
- We had over 160,000 views in 2012 which also beat the 150,000 views of 2011.
- Our busiest day of the year was April 1 with 1,773 views. Our most popular post that day was “Argentina Tightens Customs Inspections at Airports.” That one got a lot of people…
- We had visitors from over 180 countries with the United States, Argentina and Canada sending the most visitors.
- We added a new Events section showing all the best upcoming events in Buenos Aires. We’ll be expanding on this in 2013.
- We broke the news about using Xoom to send money to Argentina and take advantage of the “blue market rate.” Our posts about using Xoom were some of our most popular for the year.
- Our other most popular posts were some older ones: Argentina Entrance Fee To Go Into Effect, Saving Money With Movistar Prepago, Looking Up A Zip Code in Buenos Aires, Luggage Storage in Buenos Aires, Upcoming Concerts in Buenos Aires. We continue to update these to make sure they have all the latest info.
- The official USD exchange rate went from $4.304 to $4.91. (A 14% increase.)
- The “blue market” USD exchange rate went from $4.740 to $6.800. (A 43.46% increase.) This is the reason we stopped using our ATM card.
- My daughter went from being an 16 month-old to a 28 month-old. What a difference a year makes at this age! It was great to have a first Christmas where she understood who Santa was.
We’re looking forward to 2013 and living up to our resolution to actually learn Spanish… ¡Feliz Año!
So, Quilmes has a new 6.9% alcohol beer that they’re marketing. The new name? Quilmes Night 69 – because you never know what might happen after a 6-pack of this.
Anyone try it yet?
In other news, I found a one liter can of Asahi Super Dry in Chinatown for only $30 pesos yesterday. I was pretty happy with this find and their overall imported beer selection was not bad either. A couple of months ago the selection was pretty limited, so maybe they’re getting around the import restrictions a bit more now.