On our final day in Resistencia we were due to take an overnight bus at 10 pm so we had several hours to kill.We decided to take a bus over the river to Corrientes, named after the shifting currents of of the Parana river. Despite only being a few kilometres apart, the two towns are quite different from each other. Corrientes seems much more elegant then Resistencia, with many old buildings from the turn of the century.
There were similarities too: we found three closed tourist information booths and the Museum of the History of Corrientes seemed to have contributed to the history by closing down. However, there were some interesting murals depicting history of the town along one of the roads, with quotations such as 'Latin America starts at Corrientes. We are the prophecy and the origin', and the Museum of Fine Arts was housed in a really lovely old building with fabulous ceilings. Fortunately the woman at reception didn’t give us the information leaflet until we were leaving, so we didn’t know that we weren’t allowed to take photos.
In the Museum of Traditional Folkloric Artisans we had been expecting to find various artisans at
work, teaching their crafts to their students. However, the information board at the entrance showed that there was generally only one or maybe two of the five artisans working there at any particular point in the week and in reality, the one that should have been there when we visited wasn’t!
However, a very enthusiastic and talkative man greeted us, asked us where we were from, where we had visited, suggested other areas of Argentina that we should visit and told us that he really loved the music of The Beatles and Robbie Williams! Eventually he decided to show us every exhibit in the small museum and describe it in detail, almost without talking a breath. From time to time he threw in the odd word that he knew in English, which just made comprehension even harder! It wasn’t the most exciting of museums but it was quite an amusing experience!
This being the day before Christmas Eve, there were preparations in one of the plazas for a fiesta! A stage was being assembled, stalls selling gifts and food were appearing and local school children were arriving in crocodiles to play games.
Most exciting were the large number of stalls packed full of all manner of fireworks of all sizes, which seemed to indicate there may be a lot of explosions in the air later (not least, if anyone went past one of these stalls with a lit cigarette, which would not be unusual for Argentina!)