Cordoba Day 2 - High Season nearly over!

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

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Hotel Alto Parana - $100 pesos. Dirty and old. Free internet and

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Oh well, we could have continued directly to Mendoza had we know Cordoba was just a shopping mall, but the prospect of 2 nights on a bus were just too much.

So we are having plenty of time to read, have good coffee in great coffee places, and get up to date on World news on internet (as well as do some Skype phone calls).

The great thing about Argentina is that they do like "good" coffee. We nearly went off coffee totally in Chile after all that Nescafe. Only in Santiago de Chile did we see some coffee shops offering the real stuff. Its suprising given that the coffee producers are not that far away from Chile - must be a export issue.

Its not expensive either in Argentina, with 2 coffees (with yummy choclates offered with them) for $7 pesos (1.5 euro).

We have enjoyed "back to school" shopping scene in Cordoba today, with dozens of people cueing out of the larger shops to buy books, pencils and all that stuff. The reason why we are enjoying it is that with school the High Season officially ends for hotels and tourist attractions. ITS OFFICIAL...high season is nearly over. It will end next Sunday.

Seriously: If others want to travel they should quit their jobs and take a year off! Dont overbook "our year off" :-)

Anyway: we are looking forward to a long lunch (not large lunch, but long - with lots of relaxing time and reading) given we dont have the bus until 11pm. We have done all the walking to be done and visited all that had to be visited here. There is a serious lack of museums in this place which is where the first university of Argentina was first established by the Jesuits - and that is very dissappointing.

Lack of shops to buy perfume, clothes and technology there are NOT...thats how Cordoba is. Sadly as we dont want to carry any more weight we havent actually bought anything apart from our mate drinking cup in all our trip. We frequently find things that we would have bought in a short trip to take back (from food to decoration) but we just have to pass on all that. It does help our budget though, and it guarantees that we wont have a load of useless "crap" lying around our house when we get back!

We have reduced our backpacks considereably in weight and size since we started. Back in the first weeks we were carrying 2 jumpers and extra clothes for the "just in case factor". However after weeks of travelling and not using them we just gave them away. Most of it went to the cleaning lady at the Buenos Aires (including an endless supply of rice and noodles which we bought for the Torres del Paine trek and which was not eaten). She was well happy!

Another issue we are having is finding burning alcohol for our cooker. We managed to find it easily in Chile, but we havent had any luck in Argentina, Paraguay or Uruguay. The cooker is for boiling water for coffee, tea and doing light dinners in the hotel if we dont feel going out (apart from campings). So we will need to pack sufficient in Chile for Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

On the news front "La Voz del Interior" in Argentina has a couple of interesting articles:

- Girl of 16 has 7 children. She had her first at 14, triplets at 15 and triplets again at 16 years of age. Apparently the whole town tried to get her on birth control after the 4 child but after a few months she was pregnant again!

- Fernando de la Rua (ex President of Argentina in 2000) is in Court for possible corruption charges (coima they call it here) and might end in prison. He would be the first Argentinian ex-President to end in prison. Apparently there was bribes to Senators to approve a Law (around 5 million USD)

No more for to Mendoza at 11pm. We wonder what film they will put tonight...
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