San Juan

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

We may have only been there for six hours but it deserves an entry in itself. After an uncomfortable nine hour bus ride from Cordoba, we got to San Juan at 8am. We just missed a connecting bus to our destination, St. Augustin by thirty minutes, so we had to wait until the next bus which was at 2pm. What to do..headed into town to kill time. Tourist office at the bus station was of no help whatsoever, so we wandered to the places we thought may be of interest from the map.
The first Museum we went to (they had to turn on the lights on our arrival), we got a tour guide who had very little English. So most of the tour was spent, TOURGUIDE: How do you say this (pointing gesture) in English. GRECHY AND AILBHE: Harp. TOURGUIDE: Harp. Ailbhe and Grechy nod.
GRECHY: Como se dice espanol? TOURGUIDE: Arp. AILBHE AND GRECHY: Arp. We all nod in unison. She was really nice and we´d a good laugh. Learned lots of words but the only one i remember is Arp!
From there we went to the Cathedral in the town centre. There´s a tower beside it that you can climb. The old man in charge was gesturing ´no way´to our bags. He wasn´t letting us up with our backsacks. Don´t know what i did to charm him but when i told him i was Irish we were nearly given the red carpet treatment. Up to the top you go. Don´t worry about bags. He saw the light so to speak! Loads of graffiti up top, and a very small space. Looked over the very ugly town of San Juan, went back down...told our friend the view was ´Bueno!´. 
After lying through our teeth to keep one elderly man happy we continued on to a dinosaur museum. That was odd. 5 pesos with or without a tour guide. Couldn´t face asking the spanish words for dinasors so we went without. There was a room with Skelelons from nearby Valle De la Luna and we watched an Archaeologist chipping away at a stone in the lab and that was it. Think the price in was made up by the lady though. There was that telling ..´pause´ before the quote. Only 1 euro each though, so no complaints.
Continued on to a Bodega down the road. A very nice girl, around our own age showed us around. And between her broken English and our little bit of Spanish we got an idea of the history of wine making in the area. Really good and Really free!
Off to the bus station where we picked up our rucksacks from the lady in the sweet shop who we had to pay to mind them behind the counter and hopped on the bus to St. Augustin.
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