Trip Start Jan 24, 2007
Trip End Mar 22, 2007

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Left BsAs Monday morning and did the 4 hour bus journey to Rosario. Got a taxi to our accommodation and realised straight away that this place was even cheaper than BsAs!

Rosario is on the Rio Parana, which is the second biggest river in South America. Headed down to the waterfront and stopped in a bar / restaurant where we met another Irish couple from near Clonmel. Ate with them and sat drinking for the afternoon - the bill for all of us, which included 7 litres of beer, glass of wine, two bottles of water and four meals came to less than 80 pesos (Eur20)! Walked through the shopping area and went for another bite to eat that evening.

The next day we headed back to the waterfront to get the ferry across to the islands, didnīt spend too long there - went for a swim, water was lovely and warm but wouldnīt be convinced about its cleanliness !

Found a lovely restaurant for lunch and then wandered around the city again. The national flag was designed by a guy from Rosario, there is a monument to the flag there and this city seems to be even more nationalistic than BsAs. Down by the waterfront there is a memorial to those that died in the Falklands War with a large bronze placard claiming the Falklands for Argentina - Las Malvinas Siempre Argentinas.

That night did some laundry and ate in a local restaurant in the neighbourhood where our hostel was, which is a bit outside the centre. It was a buffet type place and the salads etc were lovely but then we were practically forced to eat some meet from the parilla, which consisted of pudding (but much thicker and tougher than our pudding) and then chinchulines, which are the intestines of the cow deep fried in a batter - absolutely disgusting, really rubbery ! There was a stray dog lurking around so we managed to feed most of the meat to him so as not to offend the owners !

The next day we went to the station to book our overnight bus to Puerto Iguazu and then headed back into town to go shopping for Ciaranīs birthday (Feb 4th). The city seems quite well to do and the centre is lovely with lots of pedestrain shopping streets and lovely plazas. I wanted to get him a watch and we happened to stroll down a street off the main shopping street, which was full of jewellers and watch-makers. Got a Citizen watch for 550 pesos (Eur 140), which was re-modelled but which the watch-maker guaranteed us was as good as new and would cost 2,500 pesos new. I have since been told that it is bad luck to buy your partner a watch as it means you are buying time but I will take my chances, everything seems to be going well for us so far anyway...

Summary / Observations

Nice city, again friendly people, good shopping and really, really cheap ! Pleasant for a night or two especially as it is on the way to the Falls but not a massive amount to see or do so not a must see in my opinion.
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