Shoe repair, pedicures, and an easy way to use the bus if you are done walking

Cromo for shoes

After buying shoes the other day, I waited to go to the shoe repair. I had used one I liked last year, but my friends said her prices had doubled (40 to 80 pesos per pair of shoes) for putting suede (cromo) on the bottom of the soles. So, I waited to try out their new guy, who reportedly charges only 50-60 pesos per pair.

No such luck: he is now charging exactly the same price as the other lady. He was fast, efficient, but not friendly. Still, it's useful to have more than one choice:

  1. Ayacucho 284 (the one I used this year)
  2. Sarmiento 1882 (the one I used last year)

Given the prices, I think I'm going to try to find the shoe repair one of my students recommended in Portland: it couldn't cost that much more, could it?



I went back to the same place I used last year, Claudio Zapulla Peinados (Ayacucho 57). The same woman did the same fabulous job on my feet. They feel no fear of the razor here: my person at home would never shave that much dead skin off my feet! It cost 100 pesos, up 25 pesos from last year.


City buses

Although I have been mostly walking places, I just found an awesome site that replaces the ancient bus map that I carry around: City Buses in Buenos Aires. What used to take 10-15 minutes to look at two different pages, compare bus routes, and then look up the route to figure out what street it went down, took less than a minute online. Yay!