Surviving siesta in Salta
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 283
Temperature : 30 degrees
Weather : Sunny mornings and rainy afternoons
Well, we've done a fair bit of travelling since our last blog. We arrived back in Ushuaia after a marvellous trip to Antarctica, and spent the evening with Christian, Sylvia, Davina and Adrian, eating, drinking, and drinking some more. The following day we caught a flight to Buenos Aires. We met up with Cate in Buenos Aires which was really nice, we chatted about our Antarctic adventure over dinner. Unfortunately I'd managed to catch a rotten cold somewhere between leaving the ship and getting on the plane. This, was infuriating, since I'd only had a cold about 4 weeks previously
We were only in BA for a day. This, along with the fact that I couldn't go anywhere without at least 3 rolls of toilet rolls, such was the extent that my nose was running, and so we ended up not really seeing anything of BA at all. We don't feel too bad about this, since our plans at present are to return in a few months. So hopefully we will get a second chance to see the city.
We caught an Andesmar bus...21 hours!!!....overnight, to the colonial city of Salta in northern Argentina. We liked Salta immediately. It has beautiful squares with tall, swaying palm trees, cobbled streets, ornate churches, cafes spilling out onto the streets, and a vibrant feel. It's also been such a change to Patagonia and Antarctica....it's really hot, about 30 degrees, and the first time that we have worn shorts and t-shirts in weeks! A scary image, our legs and arms are now milky white, having not seen the sun for such a long time. Well, I say sun, there has been a bit of sun....it's been raining a lot since we arrived here in Salta. Despite this, we have managed to get out and take some snaps with our little camera, despite the rain, so panic not, we have got at least some photos.
Although we like Salta, this whole siesta thing is driving us nuts! Try to do anything after midday in this country, and you are out of luck...everything shuts down until at least 4pm! Then, it's complete chaos as everybody tries to do all their shopping in the few hours that shops are open in the evening. We had to queue for over half an hour to buy some DVDs yesterday. Even in a stationary shop you have to collect a little ticket with your number on it and wait, along with the throngs of people, until your number is called
Today, we went to the post office this afternoon to post the DVDs of our photos back to the UK. We were politely informed that you can only send parcels between 8.30am and 12 noon! Well, that's helpful isn't it? We both feel that we are in a third world country here....it is seriously more difficult to get anything done in Argentina than it is in Cambodia, or Nepal, or even in the most remote parts of Indonesia! No wonder this country's economy went down the drain several years ago...if this is anything to go by!
.....on a positive note, there are street sellers with stalls selling fresh fruit which is marvellous! The supermarkets actually have fresh vegetables which are not 3 months old, and the heladerias sell the most delicious ice cream ever! I guess you just gotta take the good with the bad............