Perfect cure for Mendoza

Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 06, 2011

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Gran Merit Hotel

Flag of Argentina  , Central Argentina,
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 34 February 8th - I wake up on the overnight bus to Cordoba and I feel rough! Oh man, how much wine did we drink!! I'm pretty sure the rest continued drinking into the night, poor Tony would have been fast asleep somewhere!!

I arrive in Cordoba at 7am, jump into a taxi and I haven't written down the address for my hotel. I have booked a hotel for once, after 2 nights in that sweat box and an overnight bus, I needed a good night sleep. I found a reasonably priced hotel right in the centre of Cordoba for a decent price. Wifi, cable and En suite and hopefully, a better night sleep. With my brother arriving in Rio shortly, I doubt he would appreciate a week of seeing his younger brother sleep, though I do predict he will see him sleep some, just not all of the seven days!

The taxi driver and I got off to a bad start, I was cranky, he stopped off at another hotel, found out the address and I apologised to him. Hotel was within walking distance of the main Plaza and within minutes, I was laid out on my bed, fast asleep.

I wander back to the bus station to book my onward ticket for Rosario, it turns out to be a 15 minute walk. On the way out, I think I hear a gunshot. Everyone around me stops and looks as well. It was best not to dwell so I carry on moving, no doubt a car back fire or something.

With no activities planned for my two days in Cordoba, it was time to relax, unwind and think about the great week I just had. I pottered around the city skipped lunch as I wasn't hungry and ended up settling for a complito burger in the evening. Not the best, but cheap!!

And, there were so many ice cream stalls open till late, all looking so quiet that I felt bad for them, and felt pressured into purchasing one! As ever, an unoriginal chocolate and vaNilla, I know now to focus on the N! When Dave arrives in Rio, he's bringing me a Spanish dictionary, so when I want to order a dog burger, I know what to expect!!

That night, I sleep like a baby!

Miles walked 1,23
Temp 24C 76F

Day 35 February 9th - After a great night sleep, it's time to pack my bag again. I'm about to embark on two nights without a bed, so sleep in as long as I can, have one last long shower and leave my bag at the hotel. I have about 11 hours till my bus.

Cordoba is Argentina's 2nd largest city. It is lively, vibrant and has 7 universities. Of course, I have turned up when the uni's are on holiday! Nevermind, money to save for another day. The main city centre is pedestrianised which makes wandering around much easier. The streets are also very busy with young people out shopping, decked out in the latest fashions and of course, looking at the unkempt gingerman walking around. I try blend in as best I can, but my attire is not suitable. It has to be said also, the people are stunning, well the women at least!! As someone told me in Arequipa, it is the way they carry themselves, happy, confident and look stunning.

I wander off to check out the main plaza and local history.

The main plaza was perfection, plenty of benches to sit on and watch the world float by for a couple of hours.

For lunch, I went to a vegetarian restaurant and had a buffet to select from. It was tasty, think it was some sort of vege lasagna and some salad and rice.
I have a skill in killing time and the patience as well. It's much easier when you are not pressed for time or have important deadlines to meet. I must be in Rio to meet my brother, but I have that planned out and if anything goes wrong, there are direct buses and flights.

Did I eat a last meal in Cordoba? I struggle to remember, come to think of it, no I didn't. I picked up some treats at the bus terminal and it turns out I booked the bus for kings!

There were only 3 seats on each row, ie one to the right, two to the left. They reclined the whole way. We were fed instantly, plenty of drinks and I slept like a baby. Only problem, Rosario was only 5 hours away. Sob sob, if only I had this for 23.5 hours to Santiago!!

Miles walked 2,65
Temp 24C 76F
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