Mighty Life List
Jan 7 2008

Flying Over Buenos Aires

Libby wanted to go skydiving for her birthday, but it wasn’t possible to arrange it, so we took a helicopter flight instead.

I had no idea. It was one of the most amazing things ever, one of those very few things in life that make you dream better. When the helicopter lifted off, it felt exactly how I imagine it would feel to have wings.

(If you plan to be in Buenos Aires any time soon, our pilot was Fernando Rodriguez Alfaro: fralfaros at hotmail dot com. Cellphone: 1551810095. Do it! Do it! You will love it.)

30 Responses to “Flying Over Buenos Aires”

  • samantha Says:

    i’ve always wanted to take a helicopter ride and now that maggie says it’s awesome, i’m sold! amazing pics. :)

  • samantha Says:

    p.s. why is the water so brown? does a river let out near there?

  • Jules Says:

    That looks amazing! Also, you can’t get mugged from way up there.
    House of Jules

  • Tami Says:

    those are awesome pictures! The one where you got all teary was really sweet. And el Rio de la Plata is a really dirty river! Great shot of the city.

  • Jenn Says:

    I thought you were going to say the tears were from paralyzing fear because that’s what mine would have been from. You have guts woman!

    PS – you wear red lipstick way too well!

  • shannon Says:

    Wow! Amazing photos! What a cool experience that must have been. And sorry you got purse snatched. But thank goodness you didn’t have your camera on you. Whew!

  • Spandrel Studios Says:

    Wow, the look of sheer joy on your face says it all! What an experience!

  • UncommonBlonde Says:

    That’s awesome! This is now on my life list. I went skydiving last year and took a tiny plane over the galciers in Alaska so Buenos Aires & Fernando here I come (as soon as I find a sponsor, lol)

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey Says:

    Rock on. Makes me totally sad we didn’t pony up for a helicopter ride in Hawaii over Christmas.

  • kim at allconsuming Says:

    helicopter rides are WAY TOO COOL. I did one once up the coast of NSW – stunning. Over the beaches. Glorious.

    And on a completely seperate matter – you have the MOST DIVINE skin. D.I.V.I.N.E.

  • lisa Says:

    My husband just got his helicopter license, and I’ve gone up a few times with the flight instructors from his school. Seeing the world from up in the air is an amazing experience. I’ve lived in the Bay Area all my life, but I felt like I had a different relationship with it after that first flight.

  • Martha Says:

    I took my first helicopter on a site visit (I’m a geologist) and I had to bite my lips to keep from squealing like a schoolgirl. I settled on grinning wildly instead. It is the most amazing feeling. You don’t have any idea what flying is like until you take off in a helicopter. It is the closest we’ll ever be to real flying I think. I think I’m going to have to go to Argentina (for more than just helicopter rides).

  • rbiggs Says:

    Gorgeous! After following your visit all month I can’t help but wonder – Who is Libby and how did she luck out and how does one find a person to watch a baby so you can do all of these cool things while he is actually in the same country? Enjoy the rest of your stay.

  • Laura Says:

    Too f’n cool! (Ditto on the red lipstick you have amazing coloring).

  • Marcie Says:

    very cool…why is the water so brown? It looked like sand to me at first.

  • ollka Says:

    This oh so cool! You look so happy! And I love the little toy boats and trucks:)

  • jennifer Says:

    Maggie, you are simply beautiful. On every level. The teary-eyed pic did it! I may have a girl crush!

  • Adam Says:

    I took my first helicopter ride on my honeymoon in Kauai. We saw the entire island in just over an hour. I loved it — it made me feel like a little boy. I’d recommend these helicopter tours to everyone.Thanks for sharing your photos!

  • andrea Says:

    The look on your face alone makes me want to take a helicopter ride. It must have been an amazing experience.

  • Ana Barroso Says:

    I’m definitely calling the helicopter dude. I’m leaving to BA in less than 2 weeks! Yay!!!!

  • Angela Says:

    Growing up, a friend’s father was a pilot and had a helicopter, it was so amazing to go up with him. We would take fall foliage rides that were breath taking.
    Oh, and skydiving? Absolutely a must do. I did it for the first time this past summer, and I can’t wait for my return trip this summer. It’s addictive. Seriously. Better than any drug.

  • catherine Says:

    sky diving no thank you, don’t think I can do that, I can’t breath with air rushing on my face (I know! so strange!) helicopter ride? yes ma’am! did it over Kauai, would do it again in heartbeat.
    p.s. love the shot of you and the mr. >>

    and no, I am not married to Adam who also posted of his ‘copter ride in Kauai. :)

  • Auntie Yolanda Says:

    Feliz Ano Nuevo, sique gozando de la buena vida, chica, Orale! Tia yolanda

  • Hula Says:

    I love that your eyes were welling up in that one photo. Joy!

  • Mrs.Strizzay Says:

    Wow that was some brown water. Makes me wonder what else is in it.

  • Amy K Says:

    So…where was the boy while you were flying around?

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  • ALF Says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am so totally jealous that you’re in Argentina and I’m not.

  • Charliegirl Says:

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful thoughts and photos from your trip. I’ve actually been thinking very strongly of staying in BA early next year for a month or so myself – taking side trips around Argentina. I’ve read up some on the culture and I keep reading of arrogance and vanity. Can you share a bit about how you found the culture? Were people open/friendly? I’m thinking about going by myself. A month is going to feel like forever if the culture is reminiscent of junior high. :)

  • daniela Says:

    It´s funny to see my city from the sky!!. Today has been a very nice afternoon to walk around and I guess that any moment the heat starts bothering us again.
    Buenos aires is really a great place to live. Believe me, I have choosen this city many years ago and don´t regret it. A bit of Paris, a bit of Calcuta it depends but anyway I like my kids growing here.
    If you are staying long and would need anything send an email and we can talk over the phone !