It sounded a good place

Trip Start Nov 07, 2006
Trip End Apr 26, 2007

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

The name Bahia Blanca conjured up in my imagination pictures of white sandy beaches and seaside promenades. WRONG. It is on the coast, it is very white approaching the town but looks more like salt flats than sand, the place is an industrial thriving port. After 6 hours on the bus the word disappointment jumps to mind, a 2 hour wander in the afternoon confirms the fact and it is only after siesta that things start to come to life. ( We must get into this siesta frame of mind, it is not much fun being the only thing awake between the hours of one and five.)
The whole place came to life around 7.30 pm. The restaurants began to open though nobody seemed willing to enter them, around 8.15 one or two tables were occupied, by 8.45 you couldn't find a space to sit at any decent place, only the seedier cafes had seats left. We beat the locals to it as hunger had driven us to be sitting ready to dine at 8.02. A great buffet meal, wide choice, a wine and beer, dessert, coffee and a tip all came to around 7 pounds for the two of us. No complaints on the quality of service or meal, congratulations to the waiter who did well with his schoolboy English and our Lonely Planet Guide Spanish.
The Victoria hotel/hostel is good, clean and ideal for travellers. It feels safe, has good rooms with hot showers and a wonderful courtyard area as a center to the place, at the price of 40 pesos (7 pounds) for a double room with en suite it is great value, all linen and towels included with the room servicing.
Pity about the town, tomorrow will see us up and away, probably to the mountains inland, we must get away from this huge fenland area.

Keep on troshing you Keith Skipper fans, the world is our oyster.
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