Into Argentina

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2011

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83 Rosario Hostel
Art Rosario Hostel

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Friday, December 17, 2010

It was time to journey back to
Argentina after our amazing 10 days in Uruguay. We left Cabo Polonio
on the big jeeps we had entered in on, and then waited on the street
for the only bus of the day heading west towards Montevideo. In
Montevideo we got on another bus going to Colonia. We arrived there
at around midnight and took a much needed shower and slept for about 4
hours before it was time to wake up and catch the earliest boat going
to Buenos Aires. In BA, we got on a 4 hour bus to the city of
Rosario, thus ending our 24 hour epic travel session.
When we arrived in Rosario, we had uncharacteristically not booked a hostel. This was a problem, as we
found out most of the city's hostels were booked up due to a big
concert that was taking place that weekend. After an hour or so of
exploring and asking around, we found a place that had a room for only
one night, and it was a private. We splurged and took it, and it was
nice to have a room to ourselves, if only for one night. The next day we
moved to a new hostel that we had booked that night over the
internet. This one was called Art Rosario Hostel because of the
amount of art all over the place and it was one of the cooler looking
places we have stayed in. We stayed on the loft area of a dorm room
and slept about 30 feet off the ground which we had to reach from a
big spiral staircase.
From a purely aesthetic view, Rosario
appears to be just another under- maintained medium size Argentinian
city. This image may have been in part to the rainy weather that
persisted for most of the two days we were there, but it also how
others would immediately describe it. Under this rough exterior,
however is a city with a lively spirit, interesting landmarks and
architecture, and a nice river walk that runs along much of the
eastern edge of the city. There were also a lot of nice boutique shops and outdoor cafes. Rosario is also the birthplace of Che
Guevara, and is an important historical location for that reason. The
city has about 1.5 million people in it but is very walkable and
doesn't feel overwhelming even with all the high rise buildings.
Poverty is outwardly visible in Rosario as we saw things like
children bathing in fountains, shanty towns, lots of beggers (many of
them small children) and people performing different skills to try and
earn a couple of pesos. In between raindrops, we explored the
pedestrian shopping mall on Cordoba street. There were many street
performs doing all kinds of interesting acts and it kind of felt like
a dark circus because of the weirdness of many of the performers..
Mara and caught a movie at the local theater called Agora, which we
had never heard of but really enjoyed. We also put our raincoats on
and took a walk on the riverside. It is a big river, and there is an
island in the middle, with boat tours that will take you there for
what we thought was an expensive price. We did a lot of relaxing in
the hostel and caught up on some blogging, contact with people back
home, and laundry. Laundry has been really easy in South America. For
about 15 pesos a load ($4) they will wash and fold it fold you within
24 hours. Other than that Rosario was not exactly a let down, but
also not that exciting and we are ready to move on to more happening
and exciting parts of the country. Up next, three days in the big
university town of Cordoba, and then we move south into Patagonia.

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