The Last Hotel Stop
Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
182Trip End Jan 14, 2008
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Our hotel was situated in the center of the downtown area so it was a great place from which we could explore. The first order of business was to explore the waterfront. This is where the action is in Rosario. Old warehouses have been reborn as cafes and bars and the outdoor dining options sit high above the river with views of distant beaches and passing ships
A few words about Yerba mate. Everyone drinks it here, and itīs not like Starbucks where you get a cup of it to go. In fact, "to go" is not something that Argentines seem to be interested in accomodating. You sit down and relax with your mate, and often you have your own mate cup with straw. We started seeing these in Chile and here they seem to be sold in every store front. Big money is spent on a good Yerba mate cup and it seems like maybe they get better with age. I noticed that Rene, our host in Chile, didnīt make much of an effort to clean his when he was finished with it. Maybe over time, the mate tastes better from a "seasoned" cup.
Our visit coincided with Argentinaīs elections. This was interesting from the perspective of watching another countryīs civic processes, but came with an unexpected side effect. The waterfront buzzed with activity in the morning, but at just about noon, everything shut down! The downtown became a ghost town. I wandered through the grid hoping to find and open restaurant or grocery store, and managed to stock up on pastries as the bakery doors shut. By 1:30, nothing was open except the "911 Convenience Store," which was packed all day with people. Argentines apparently take their civic duty very seriously and donīt want anything distracting from the process.
So our afternoon turned into one of those hotel t.v. days where we anxiously awaited the next decent program to kill time until something re-opened.