New Year´s in Corrinetes, Argentina
Trip Start Nov 20, 2009
25Trip End Feb 27, 2010
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So, we changed plans. That seems to be a regular occurance these days!
We could get to Corrientes, Ar, which was a 7 hour trip and took us closer to Salta, so we took it. It was our first long day time bus trip and it sure seems longer during the day!
We had no hostel, again, but this time it was because there were none on line to book. Fortunately, the tourist information booth at the bus terminal, had a name for us, and they had space.
Did we ever luck out! The hostel has only been open a year, and is owned and run by a wonderful young lady named Florencia. The hostel is a century old home and it has been absolutely beautifully restored. The stained glass windows and frsecoe ceilings were beautiful.There were 3 patios which were cooling, and it was centrally located.
It was a nice place to rest and to catch up, before we travelled again.
During the afternoon of New Year´s Eve, Florencia´s mother volunteered to take us to several restaurants, to view their menue, see the place and decide where we would spend the eve.
We chose Sabato, and had rack of lamb, appetizer, dessert, wine and beer and the tab was less than $50US. They brought champagne at midnight.
The whole evening is very different here. This is a family night and families, complete with young children, were what filled the restaurant. Dress was dressy casual, not party wear as we´re used to.
The countdown was not present, but at midnight, the champagne arrived, people stood and kissed and hugged the others at their table and then everyone went back to completing their meal. If there was any alcohol on the table, it was one bottle of wine or a couple of beer for a larger group.
We walked home, along the river, with the Blue Moon reflected on the river, and got back to hte hostel about 1 am.
Florencia and her family were in one of the patio areas, and they were playing guitar, hand held instruments, bongo drums, and singing and dancing. They invited us to join them, and even though the songs were in Spanish, we had a wonderful time. They were so hospitable and we felt extremely priveledged to have been able to participate.
It was great fun and we finally went to bed about 3 am, a very late time for us, lately!
New Year´s Day we were finally able to get a bus to Salta, a trip of 14 hours and this was by far the worst bus we´ve been on yet. It wasn´t clean, the washroom left a whole lot to desire, and the meal consisted of 2 ¨baloney-like¨sandwiches, a bun with the same meat, a cookie, and not a drop of a drink! If you had made a resolution to lose weight for NY, it would have been a great start! We´ve learned to always carry loits of water with us, and ususally have fruit and nuts, but every store was closed NY day and we hadn´t anticpated even the corner ones not being open. Oh well, we really appreciated supper that night!
However, we survived and we´re sure there will be worse rides to come!
The hostel we had booked on line, followed our luck with the bus booking. It was awful, so we walked the street and found a much nicer one where we´ve been for the past 2 days.
Salta is in the north of Argentina, and is mid-country, surrounded by low Andes mountains. The temperature is much more temperate than we´ve had the past week or two, so it is a nice relief.
The city has some beautiful architecture, but much of it has been left to decline, which is really sad. However, the central square is a very beautiful place, and is extremely active after 6 pm.
Again, the whole city takes siesta from 12-5 and it really becomes very quiet. Then, at supper, everything wakes up and the city teems again.