My Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
289Trip End Sep 06, 2012
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I attended my 3rd Spanish lesson today and still nothing is really going in, but hey, I'm still trying.
Once I finished class, I went back to the hostel and waited for Emma and Dominic as Emma had told us about this crazy place that she wanted to visit, which she had read about in the Guardian before she left England.
Today we were going to visit the Jesus theme park. Yes, you read this correctly. I am going to a theme park which is all based on the life of Jesus!!!!
It took us over an hour to get there on the bus and it cost $50 pesos to get in
I have never giggled so much in my life, but have to keep it under wraps as there were people there taking this extremely seriously! The park was laid out to tell the story of the creation of the world, through to the resurrection of Christ. There were numerous sections with plastic models of people and animals acting out stages of the story. There were even theatres you could go in an watch things like 'The Nativity' and 'The Creation of Life'.
The main attraction for us was that on the hour, every hour, a 18 metre tall Jesus, is resurrected and appears in front of everyone with Hallelujah music playing, whilst his mechanical movements makes him turn around and bow his head to all. It was the most bizarre and hilarious thing I have seen!
We also had to queue and wait to watch the 'Creation of Life'. This interpretation was carried out by laser lights, mechanical animals and a mechanical Adam & Eve. It was the funniest thing ever. I was a little freaked out by the mechanical Gorilla which had a very pointy finger which looked a little worn out. Not sure what he had been up to!!!
There was even a live show of music and belly dancing, which sounded a little exotic and erotic, for the time of Christ. Not sure how that fits into the bible!!
We had a look through the souvenir shops to see what tat you could buy and you know what, I ever spent a penny. Funny that eh!!
This was the funniest 1 1/2 hours I have spent in BA, but never to be repeated again.
That evening, we decided to top off our fabulous day by going out to a vegetarian restaurant for dinner. Emma is a vegetarian and also gluten intolerant so the Veggie Restaurant was a good choice. Not too many vegetarian restaurant in BA or in Argentina, due to the fact that they are mostly carnivores and don't understand the meaning of vegetarian. In fact, if you say you are vegetarian, they will happily serve you ham as they do not believe this to be meat!!!!
I had a beautiful Lentil Cheeseburger with Quinoa and for a veggie dish, it was really tasty. Had a couple of glasses of Malbec, one in the restaurant and another in the Poetry bar that we went to after.
Got back to the hostel around 11 pm and had a few beers with everyone outside on the terrace. It was a great day topped off by a great night.