VIEDMA, NOT SO "UNREMARKABLE"
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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Lonely Planet describes Viedma as "unremarkable", but so far we have really enjoyed it. It sits right on the Rio Negro river and across on the other side is another small cute little historical town called Carmen de Patagonias. The first day here we went to 3 different museums in town. We got through them so fast because none of them had anything in English, so most of the time we had no idea what we were looking at - but it was still fun.
As soon as we got on the ferry it started pouring. We were just glad we took our rain coats with us. As soon as we got back to Viedma, it completely cleared up, so that was nice. That night we played cards outside on the patio and drank some muy bueno vino.
Luckily, our hostel let us use their kitchen, which I don't think they usually do for people. It is a great hostel. One of the best breakfasts we've come across so far too. They even have orange juice, fruit and milk! Usually, we just get bread and water. We got a nice room but it had one of those showers that just comes out of the side of the wall in the bathroom (Brian calls them Shower Sh*ters). Everything gets wet and we have to squeegee the floor afterwards. Fun stuff.
The other day we spent at the river front in Viedma. All the locals gather here in the afternoon and swim. Because it is so close to the ocean, when the tide comes in, the river water can't flow into the ocean from the river. The river rises at least 20 feet EVERY afternoon! Crazy! Yesterday around 3pm we swam and the water was flowing over the riverfront walkway. Today about 11am we walked down by it and it looked like boats couldn't even float on it, it was so low. Very interesting river.
I'm still trying to understand why this city is considered so "unremarkable". We highly suggest it to people who want to get off the beaten path - and stay at El Vasco - because it's great!
Also, side note: I don't know what it is about South America, but I have never seen so many people with their zippers down (including my own). Everywhere we go, I seem to find a couple more people that didn't zip up...really, everywhere.
So now we are waiting for our 6 o'clock bus ride to Buenos Aires. It's an overnight ride but at least we splurged for Cama seats (which recline full length into a bed). It's been really hot down here as we've moved further north out of Patagonia, so try and send some of those cooler temps our way and we'll do the same.