City of Parana, continuing up the Parana River

Trip Start May 27, 2008
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Trip End May 18, 2009


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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

After jumping on the bus to Parana and taking the short trip up the river, I registered into the Hotel Latino.  I had written the address of the other hostel down incorrectly, and couldn't find the address again, so stopped off at the Latino.  The first time I encountered the showerhead in the MIDDLE of the bathroom!  Wow! No shower curtain, anything, just jump right in!  Oh well.  Since my bedbase was concrete (this is common in Mexico), I didn't sleep worth a darn, and decided to get a new hostel with a new bed.

I hate to admit it, but another first! The TELEPHONE!  Something that I used sometimes dozens of times a day in the U.S., but it was like a black monster here.  I didn't know what coins to use in a public phone, didn't know really how to dial, (not hardly rocket science!), and really didn't feel like my Spanish was good enough if I was to succeed. But disregarding all of that, I went to a cabinet, where there are rows of little booths with a phone inside (private). If there are problems, like you donīt know the area code, or the country code, or all of the above, the people behind the counter can help out.  Surprisingly on my first attempt, my call went thru, I was able to converse in my broken Spanish and make my hostel reservation for the following night!   I felt like I had landed on the moon, or something.  My high tech breakthru.  Then I said: "what took so long to figure that out?"

So, after one concrete night, I moved hostels into a real hostel.  I met a gal named Kate who was working on her pHD and was doing research in Parana.  She and I and some other guests all sat around the kitchen table, chatting and drinking wine, which got to be a really good pasttime in the months ahead.

Obviously, since the town of Parana is another Parana River town, I found another river walk, and walked up and down it, for miles, it seemed.  I found 2 good-looking restaurants which specialized in fish, and decided to partake later that night.  I had to do my laundry, so it was a first for my lavanderia outing.  (Sandanza in BsAs took care of all laundry up to date).  I was disappointed in the fish dinner after doing my laundry, and found it to be quite expensive.

I descovered a wonderful ampitheater by the river, I wish they had performed something so I could see a live performance in person.

Well, onward and upwards to another trip on the bus towards Iguazu Falls.
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