Beginning this adventure

Trip Start Dec 30, 2004
Trip End Jan 23, 2005

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Where I stayed
La Posta del Viajero
What I did
Casa Histórica de la Independencia
Catedral de San Miguel de Tucumán
La Merced Church
Plaza de la Independencia

Flag of Argentina  , Tucumán,
Saturday, January 1, 2005

As I've written before, this was the first time when I traveled alone, so I had many doubts before the trip started. Many questions in my mind: what would I do out there on my own? would I get bored? Etc.
My experience started in Buenos Aires, on December 30th when I went to the bus station to take my bus to San Miguel de Tucumán.
The situation at the station was almost chaotic, because thousands and thousands of people wanted to spend the New Year’s Eve in a different town. As well there were plenty of people saying goodbye to their relatives.  That made it very difficult to walk from one side to another of the station. Fortunately I could take the bus on time.
At 21.30, the bus started the trip. It lasted about 16 hours from which I could only sleep 2, because there was a baby who was crying all night long.
Finally, after plenty of kilometers of yellow-grassed land, the ground became green and the mountains appeared in the horizon. Bellow them; there was San Miguel de Tucumán.
When I arrived, there was Stefanía waiting for me. I knew her from a Pink Floyd forum some time before. She was very nice. I spend the day with her and she acted as a personal guide for me.
First of all I went to the hostel where I wanted to stay (Tucumán Hostel), but there wasn't any place. So the staff recommended me to ask in another hostel near there. I finally stayed in La Posta del Viajero. I left my backpack and went to walk with Stef.
She showed me around the city. Although the weather was very humid and warm, we had a very nice day walking around the city.
We visited the Historical House Casa Histórica de la Independencia (where Argentine independence was signed in July 9th, 1816). It’s a beautiful colonial-style house, and inside it works a museum, but we couldn’t get in because it was closed.
We went to Independencia Square (the main square). In its center, there’s a beautiful sculpture from Lola Mora (a famous argentine sculptress) which represents the Liberty (La Libertad).
Stef showed me the most important buildings.
In all the northwestern part of Argentina there are many colonial-style churches. Tucumán was not the exception. We visited the Cathedral and La Merced Church (where there’s a figure of the Virgin Mary holding the office staff which was given by Manuel Belgrano, a national hero).
At night, for the New Year’s Eve, Stef had to spend it with her family, so I spend it at the hostel. We celebrated with the hostel staff: Martín and his wife (the owners). They organized a special lunch with the other guests: 2 canadian girls, a couple from Tigre (Buenos Aires) and Gustavo, a guy from Trelew (Argentine Patagonia).
At 12 we toasted and after that we celebrated in a small but fun party until daybreak.
Of course, the next day I woke up late. The weather was awfully warm. I met Stef again and we went for some regional empanadas, and another walk around the city.
Later the weather changed. It was cloudy and not as warm as before. Suddenly it started to rain a lot. There was a big storm. I ran inside the hostel, but it couldn’t stand the rain and the water came in. It was flooded. I looked outside and the streets looked like rivers…
Fortunately it ended soon, and the flood slowly disappeared. I had a fine weather at night, so I could sleep good.
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