The Mar del Plate (The Silver Sea)
Trip Start Apr 03, 2010
15Trip End May 09, 2010
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After settling in the hotel, we headed to the beach and my first reaction was that it was a cross between Venus Beach LA and Skegness, with cheap "seaside" stalls and people working out at exercise stations. see photos. What really ruins it is the graffiti, everywhere. This also applies in BA.
What surprised me was the Pakistani shops, saw 3 all the same?see photo
Saturday Dru wanted to see the Museo del Mar, which houses over 30,000 shells and aquaria, which house a range of fish from Argentina
That night we went to a local Milonga, (Alvarado 2879)seating was traditional with women on one side and men on the other, unless you are a couple, then you tend to be put at the back of either side. Not overly friendly and as usually good and bad dancers.see photo.
Sunday Dru wanted to see the sea lions, so we headed to the fishing port. see photos. It was about 7km so we sauntered through the back streets. I was fascinated with the houses. Whilst there was a stone theme in a lot of them, they were all "different". I could have walked all day looking at them. Sometimes it felt like you walking through a English country village, Dru thought more Swiss. Have only put two photos on. The aren't that expensive, compared with Adelaide, as we looked in real estate windows and guaged about $200,000 upwards. I was intrigued and had to ask the Hotel clerk, he spoke good English, was what were the little booths we saw on many of the streets, in the "poncy" area. Answer, private security. A lot of the houses were boarded up, their owners being in BA. Also we passed the water tower, apparently not in use anymore and a large building with Ivy up to 4th floor.see photos
Speaking of back streets, Argentina seems to prefer one way street systems and I am warming to the conception, but in the area we were walking in, the thing that would have annoyed me as a driver is the fact that you have to slow at each intersection, no right of ways
The guide book says you can tell when you are near the sea lions, sniff. They were all over the fishing port area and there were signs up which said "don't mess with the sea lions they are savage beasts"(rough translation). Dru loved it. Then we headed for a meal. Check the photo of the manu, "Smashed potatoes"(see photo), a certain irony. By the time we got back to the hotel we had been going for 6 hours and walked about 16km. Clunk. Before clunk, tried to use the laptop, boger it's died. Fortunately there is a PC back at the apartment, which is what I am using now.
Managed to get to the casino that night. Enjoyed losing a whole 32pesos($9.60).
Haven't been in the Adelaide Casino of late, so things may have changed, but with these pokies you feed the paper money directly into the machine and they are now ergonomically designed, being at about 30degrees to the horizontal.
Monday, walked back to bus station, as Dru nipped in and out of shops, buying last minute clothes, prices are cheaper than in BA. Finally hitting the cake shop where she had seen the white tarta
The trip had cost about $350 for the two of us and was really worth doing.