Beaches, buses and keeping busy

Trip Start Jun 26, 2005
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Trip End Apr 10, 2006


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Arriving in Santa Fe in the wee hours of the morning we took to wandering the streets. Whilst it is an o.k. place it did not really grab out attention so we decided to carry on to Rosario. However, whilst in Santa Fe we did walk around a bit and saw some great murals. We were also quite excited as it is nice and warm here.

Arriving in Rosario we found a hostel and headed to the beach. It was man-made but perfect for what we wanted in the afternoon. I say we headed to the beach, sounds so easy....in fact, first we had to figure out the new bus system. Every new country (and indeed sometimes different towns) mean new bus systems ie paying before getting on the bus, paying the conductor, paying the bus driver or in this case buying magnetic cards in advance. We then managed to miss our stop but the exasperated bus driver let us carry on through the end of his route and then dropped us off on the return leg!

I should also say at this point that new countries mean lots of new things other than just scenery and so forth. The langauge changes subtely ie words used, the accents, pronunciation and spellings vary so getting understood and understanding becomes a new challenge all over again. Menu´s are different, the culture changes etc.

Anyway, enough of that. Rosario is a really nice place, very lively with lots of young people. It was nice to see girls wearing skirts again. Bizarre thing to say I guess but elsewhere trousers and predominantly jeans are worn. If I wore a skirt I felt very conspicuous. Following on from this I should say..guys you would be happy over here, the school uniforms include very short skirts..indecent possibly. The fashion here in Rosario is also to pull your socks up to below the knee.

We walked around Rosario the second day as well. I saw the large Monument in the park..it was collosal, really impressive, and we took the lift to the top to take in the views. After wandering around and seeing Che´s first house we decided we still had many hours left before our next overnight bus so we saw two films..The Flight Plan and The Skeleton Key.

The people here have been really friendly, one man sold us his bus ticket when we could not find a booth open. Others tried to help when the same card would not work etc. In addition when we were struggling to book our overnight bus for tonight another man and a young girl in the bus station went out of their way to help us. It makes such a difference, whilst others you meet are so unpleasant. Although they tend to be the people who are offering a service of some kind which is inadequate.
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