Easter weekend

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

We had two days off to rest in Parana, as lots of locals had recommended the city to us and told us it was somewhere that we had to check out.  We may have been inclined to stay in the pleasant city for longer, but unfortunately we had sleeping issues.  We had intended to camp in the camp-ground by the river in Parana, but had been warned by many people that it wasn't safe and that our belongings would not be secure if we left them.  This was largely due to it being Easter weekend, and thousands of people had descended upon the tourist destination to relax, for what is for Argentine’s a six day weekend!  How come we don't get six days off for Easter anywhere else?  So, basically we arrived late on the Friday evening, struggled to find somewhere to stay for the night and ended up taking bunk beds in a 12 bed dormitory.  Now, this is not our idea of fun, mainly because we have so many bags, a tent, roll mats etc etc etc and also because we like to have a room to ourselves to be able to sleep when we wish.  The dorm wasn't too bad but obviously there were lots of comings and goings at all hours, with people arriving home from nights out and other people heading off early to catch buses, so it wasn't as relaxing as we had hoped for.  It was an experience that we thought we had escaped during this trip, but it was not too be, and we spent three nights sleeping in tiny bunk-beds in the corner of a crowded dorm room. 

Parana was packed with tourists, who spent the day wandering up and down the river front promenade, looking at all the stalls of locally made handicrafts and foods.  We, of course joined them and enjoyed strolling along the river front, walking from one stall to the next.  The weather was great, blue skies and brilliant sunshine, which is better than we have had for quite a while.  We spent the couple of days relaxing and watching the world go by.  We explored the main squares and plazas, and even checked out the large cathedral that was busy with Easter worshippers.

It was a nice place to chill out for a couple of days, but we were eager to get back on the bikes and start our final stint.  We predict that it will take us 6-7 days to get to Montevideo, which is the capital of Uruguay, and where we will get the ferry across to Buenos Aires, which is where Kory will fly from.  He has now booked his flight, so we are on the final three week countdown to saying goodbye again. 

As we sipped locally made red wine, whilst sitting on the hammocks in the shade of the hostel courtyard we considered staying for longer....but just at that moment a couple of big families, with about 10 kids checked in.  The kids started running around the garden and making enough noise that I thought it was a school excursion.  Kory and I looked at each other and knew it was time to move on.  No rest for the wicked I guess!
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