Staying positive

Trip Start Oct 28, 2007
Trip End Dec 29, 2007

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Before I headed to explore Cordoba, I decided to do a little research on th place, via this website, I read around 15-20 blogs and curiously, the bulk of them all began something like this, "Cordoba is a university town, Argentina's second largest city with just over a million people, so it seemed worth a look..." Then, they would all turn on the place, using words like "boring", "shit", "dirty", "a hole", and it got worse from there. Wish I'd done this research before the 10 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires. It couldn't be that bad, could it?

Yes, Cordoba is rundown. Yes, it tends to lack alittle culture, but coming from Buenos Aires, where wouldn't? The main plaza, Plaza San Martin, was decent when the sun came out. I was able to relax-away a couple of hours in the warmth of the sun next to a sleeping grandmother. I wasn't sure if she was sleeping at first, but then she had a coughing attack which woke her up. I gotta say, I was slightly relieved. But that's not all the fun I've had here in Cordoba. Here is just a few of the crazy things I've got up to -

- sat on a bench

- ate a really big sandwich

- read on a bench

-listened to a dude simultaneously play the guitar and the harmonica...equally woefully.

- slept on a bench

Get the idea? Cordoba is struggletown. No doubt about it. Am I bored? More than slightly. The one positive thing I can say about Cordoba is that when a place is as boring as this, your senses become heightened to anything unexpected that may happen. So, allow me to present the 5 unexpected things I saw in my 3 days in Cordoba. Let me say, before I begin, that this is NOT a top5, it's just a 5, because I saw 5 things. These are in no particular order -

1. Saw a real horse and cart - By real I mean it wasn't just hauling tourists around. This horse and cart was the dude's mode of transport. The unexpected part was that I watched the dude parallel park his horse and cart. No kidding. Good effort.

2. Old school police motorcycles - What's better than a police motorcycle? A police motorcycle with a sidecar! Brilliant. Check my photos if you don't believe me.

3. Sega Genesis 3 - This videogame bab boy (also known as the Sega Megadrive), was cool back in 1992. Someone forgot to tell Cordoba, because in 2 shop windows you could pick one of these up, with Sonic the Hedgehog game thrown in, for a cool $40. Not a bad deal, and it camein it's original box.

4. Street crime - It happened 3 feet from me, but due to my daydreaming I didn't catch it all. What I do know is, a young dude grabbed something (don't know what) from an old dude and ran. Pedestrians gave chase. I walked on, resumed daydreaming.

5. Silly pretty girls all over the place - Lonely Planet should change the write-up on Cordoba to simply this, "Cordoba has hot chicks. If you like hot chicks, go there. Do it." Forget all this crap about churches and universities. Stick to what we care about. I guarantee tourist numbers would increase.

For a such a supposedly devoutly Christian city, Cordoba is in serious need of some devine intervention. You'd think Jesus could shine alittle light around. I mean, the dudes got connections. Short of that, Cordoba needs a crazy Russian billionaire to throw some cash at it. Or blow it up. Either is fine with me.

Further north I go - to Salta...
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