Another day, another country!

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 10, 2009

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Sunday, June 14, 2009

We got the overnight bus from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu at 6pm.  Traffic was mental again leaving Sao Paulo.  We expected fully reclining seats but to our disappointment they only semi-reclined - seriously expensive for 80 euro each.  Anyway we settled in for the long journey ahead.  They didn't serve food on board and we were told they would stop but at 8pm they still hadn't and we were getting a bit worried we would be going without dinner but thank God he pulled in at 9!  It was like a really sterile white tiled restaurant come shop.  We ordered hamburgers and chips, the only thing we could understand from the menu!  The people behind the counter were laughing away at us - it was probably because when I was asking for the food I was saying ´dois´which means two but also signing 2 at the same time - they must have thought that I was simple or something as they could understand me.  Usually people laughing at you would make me paranoid but we knew what they were skitting at and just laughed back.  We got some chocolate goodies as well and settled back on the bus.  Lots of people were sleeping then but it was too early for us so Ror read (sports bio, what else?!) and I listened to my ipod until 12 and drifted off then.  There was a pit stop at 5.30 am so that woke me but slept through until then.  Ror was awake since 4 though but me being the generous soul that I am gave him one of my earplugs so he could sleep for a bit (that's a big gesture from me because I can´t sleep without them if there is noise.) 

We arrived in Foz do Iguacu at around 9am but wanted to cross the border as the Irish girls we met recommended the Hostel Inn on the Argentine side so off we went in search of the bus.  Passing through Foz town was quite big.  It dropped us off at the border where we had to get our exit stamp for Brazil but the bus didn't wait for us to complete this so we were waiting for another bus for around 30mins and freezing - the weather is really getting a lot colder the further south we are going.  It was breath in front of your face cold yesterday morning.  Seriously thinking I will have to invest in some warmer clothes.  (Update on the backpack situation - either the cycling has strengthened me or else I am just used to the bag but was able to manage it from Sao Paulo hostel to the bus station!)  We befriended a Korean guy at the border who was travelling on his own and chatted to him for a while.  When we got to Argentina we had to get out of bus again to get our entry stamp but the bus waited this time.  We got to the bus station in Puerto Iguazu and still had to get breakfast and it was about 11am now.  First of all Ror had to go in search of an ATM for Pesos so I stayed in bus station with bags.  We went into the restaurant in the bus station and I ordered a hot chocolate and a toastie en espanol - I was very happy with myself!  We took a 10 week Spanish lesson before we left and looks like it had paid off already!  Prices seem to be way cheaper here than Brazil.  I think my breakie cost me 3 euro!!  Met a guy called Dan from UK who was going to our hostel so got the local bus out with him.  This hostel is meant to be one of the best in the country and we can see why.  The common area is really big with pool tables, ping pong, tv room, restaurant and free internet.  We booked a double room which is costing 14 euro each and its really nice - much nicer than Sao Paulo hostel.  There is even a pool here!  The weather yesterday was gorgeous actually - it seemed to heat up as the day went on.  It was one of those days where the sky was blue and it was hot but felt fresh and little bit crisp.  We spotted a couple who could only be Irish - seriously we are not hard to spot - and got chatting to them last night.  They are from Tipp and on their honeymoon.  There was a BBQ buffet here in hostel last night so we joined them for that.  We sat down at a table with another couple and didn't it turn out they were also from Ireland - Dublin!  2 other Irish girls joined us later - seriously we were flying the Irish flag!  It just seems so much easier to strike up a conversation with the Irish and sher you have a lot in common.

The BBQ was really tasty and only 6 euro.  It was a Brazilian night as well so there were some Brazilian dancers - to be honest they were not great but it was the audience participation that was the funny thing - our buddie Dan was up dancing with them.  There are a lot of British lads here and things started to get messier as the night went on with them playing drinking games.  We stuck to our own little Irish table and had the proverbial craic!
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