Buenos Aires, Uruguay, Rosario and Cordoba

Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
Trip End Dec 01, 2009

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Greetings from a sunny and chilly Cordoba! The last week has been excellent; Buenos Aires kept us busy for almost a week, and was definitely the most "liveable" city we´ve visited so far. The kind of place that you can just wander around and be constanlty suprised at what you see, with friendly people and a real buzz.

Uruguay was an interesting, if very quiet, 2-day jaunt. We stayed in Colonia, a colonial town (not a very imaginitive name for the place then) founded by the Portuguese which was very well preserved, and in parts could have been in any number of places in old Europe. We visited Montevideo on a day trip; one of the most relaxed capital cities in the world probably, with pony-and-trap rubbish collectors and mazy streets with only a few old ladies ambling down them.

Rosario was our next stop after Buenos Aires; This place was a bit of an afterthought for us, having originally intended to head straight to Cordoba; It turned out to be a very scenic city by the river, (the sight of the first hoisting of the Argentinian flag, no less) and we met some really cool and amazingly friendly Argentinians, who cooked superb pizzas and got us drunk on soemthing that tasted like Marsh´s lemonade. A great couple of days overall!

We visited the childhood home of photogenic lunatic Che Guevara yesterday, here in Cordoba; a really interesting museum, it´s interesting to see how people look at him as an sort of icon here, not necessarily in relation to anything political.

Must dash, we´re staying in quite a strict hostel here ("Obey the 15 minute internet rule" the sign says above me): night bus to Mendoza tonight, looking forward to breathing in the Andean air! Unfortunately my camera is officially broken now, but I´ll put some of James´ pictures up as soon as we find a card reader.
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