Tell me why I don't like Sundays
Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
44Trip End Jun 14, 2006
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However, you don't need to tell me why I don't like Sundays, cos I'm gonna tell you: it's cos everything is closed. I was looking forward to visiting Basavilbaso for two reasons: firstly, its history of trains (trains!), and secondly, it's history of a Jewish community. I had thought this latter feature might mean there would be a few people about on a Sunday, but once again I had been deluding myself: I later found out that "the large Jewish population" had by now dwindled to really rather a small one... Would I have to thumbtwiddle away the rest of the day away until Monday? Fortunately not: late in the afternoon I spied a dim light in the window of the tourist office, and further investigation confirmed that it had indeed opened
When Monday came round, the place sprang to life. OK, no, you've got me, I'm exaggerating - lets say then that it gently stirred. Ariel showed me around in the morning (there are two very old sinagogas here, and I met a few of the bigwigs in the local Jewish community) and then I headed onwards to my next destination, Concepcion del Uruguay. Halfway there, I stopped at Palacio San Jose, the grand former home of General Urquiza, one of Argentina's great historical figures, and made Concepcion in time for dusk (it's getting boring, I know, but I can't fiddle the truth).