Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Alto Parana Hotel, 100 peso double, bit dirty

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Arrived in Cordoba after 20 hours on the bus, but havenīt found any plaque conmemorating the German shame at Cordoba versus the Austrians in the Football World Cup 1978.

We attach a video and a couple of pictures of the bus inside as many of our "readers" :-) were asking how it was... 

We were really lucky on this trip as we basically had the bus for ourselves most of the time so we could walk around, change seats, stretch, etc, etc. 

The dinner on this one was actually acceptably tasty, and as with other good buses they had an endless supply of coffee (see the machine in the video) and water. We tend to stay away from the water just in case and carry our own. We have been quite lucky up to now with our stomachs (only a couple of incidents) so we dont want to push our luck.

City is much calmer than Buenos Aires and makes for a perfect walking town for a couple of days. A student town with some old colonial buildings, surrounded by a modern city and hundreds of shops, restaurants and coffee shops.

So looks like our stop here is going to be a mix of snacks, coffee and reading. We have already done all the newspapers available at a nice cafe (Alfonsina) where we had an excellent lunch given the $14 pesos price (3 euro).

We are starting to imagine the shock of getting back to Europe and having a coffee given the prices we have got used to...and we havenīt even got to the cheap countries.

Anyway, plan was to make a break in Cordoba between long bus rides to stregth legs, tummies, etc. We are checking and booking things for our "last" part of the "first part" of our trip.

Tomorrow we will take another night bus to Mendoza which is about 10 hours away from Cordoba and only 6 hours away from Santiago de Chile where we started some weeks ago. We have quite some hopes for the last part of the trip:
- City of Mendoza
- Vineyard visits next to Mendoza (wine area)
- Horse riding next to the frontier of Chile (depending on the price)
- Trekking at the frontier
- Bus ride (day one) from Mendoza to Santiago which is supposed to be one of the best sceneries

However the event of the evening will be watching TV! Yep, we have Spanish tv in the hotel and at 7pm local time we will be able to watch the presidential candidates debate between Zapatero and Rajoy which should be interesting. Its the closest to the Obama vs Clinton debate but without any women or minorities!

By the way. There is a slight similarity in some of the streets of Cordoba in Argentina and Cordoba in Spain, especially in the colonial area and the new pedestrian streets.
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