Birthplace of Ernesto Guevara

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

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 37 February 10th - I leave the greatest bus in the world and am plonked back to reality at 230am in Rosario. My onward bus to Asuncion this evening is unclear as the ticket office does not open till 8am. Oh man, 5.5 hours to kill. I buy a coke, sit in the corner of a cafe, I think I sleep on my book, sleep against a pain of glass, before the cafe gets busy at 6am and the lady tells me to get lost. I find another seat outside and rest on my large backpack till 8am and finally get my ticket, a 5pm bus to Asuncion. So I have 9 hours or so to spend in Rosario. My first point of call will be the birthplace and first home of Ernesto Guevara and then I will wander around. Seeing as my itouch was much better company than I was, I will let you see some pictures than explain where I walked.

I loved Rosario. It was tranquil, no tourists anywhere and it felt like being in your own little city. It's small enough to live, with BA just down the road. It was warm, excellent places to eat, a real coffee culture and felt like place one could easily spend a long time there. Especially with BA, Brazil, and Santiago so close.

I get back to the bus terminal pretty knackered out. I find a random room to charge my itouch, in that time 4 people asked me if they could use the bathroom.....I guess that must be my new job!! I kindly advised them back and around the corner. So my bus should have arrived at 5pm, around 4pm I was nodding off. A lack of sleep and walking around all day took its toll. And guess what, the bus was late! Super late. Did I miss it? Was I sleeping? No matter how many times I moaned at the lady who sold me the ticket, she just didn't care. Eventually, it arrived at 710pm, I grabbed my seat and nodded off pretty quickly. Only to wake up to shivers, man it was freezing!! I left my windproof jacket and hat in the bigger bag, seeing as all previous bus trips were super hot. At 4am, the lady serving drinks etc was mopping the floor, I looked at her and said in a pathetic voice, ´Frio! Frio!´she then brought me a blanket!!

So, I come to the end of my short time in Argentina. It has recently suffered from high inflation, so all the prices published in the Lonely Planet guide (published March 2010) had doubled! It started off as I expected, bad attitude and unfriendly behaviour, but I left with good feelings and great memories! Mendoza wine tour was so good, and the local people so so friendly and I loved Rosario, again, friendly people.

Miles walked 4,23
Temp 28C 82F
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