Ben came home yesterday with a nice surprise — cachaca to make caipirinhas. There weren't any limes at the supermarket, but the employee made them sound easy to find. (As Ben tells it he said, "Blah blah blah Carrefour blah Santa Fe," leading us to conclude that all we had to do was go to the larger supermarket a few blocks away.)
So today we had a list of tasks — get cell phone plans, buy basic cooking supplies and find limes. Cell phone plans, it turns out, are virtually impossible to get without the Argentine equivalent of a Social Security number (more on that once we figure out a solution). Basic cooking equipment can be easily purchased on the major shopping avenue near our apartment, as can foodstuffs like butter, salt and cookies. But limes are nowhere to be found.
We've now tried three different supermarkets and half a dozen fruit and vegetables stores, and nothing. If anyone has been to Buenos Aires, and knows where to find limes, let us know (we'll make you a caipirinha in thanks). Until then, we'll keep walking into verdulerías and asking for the elusive limas.