Cordoba

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
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Trip End May 13, 2009


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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cordoba has a high reputation and it is good - although I dont believe it matches what people say about it.

I got on the bus from Tucuman and had seat 1 - a good thing I thought but the small cracks in the windscreen made the journey so cold . COupled with the glaring lights it was not the best nights sleep ive ever had!

I got into Cordoba and eventually got my bearings and walked to the 1st place in the LP - booked up. I walked the the only other place in the LP I could afford and this too was booked up! They recomended me a place though a couple of blocks away which was ok - thank god! I was so sick of walking around at 6am for 2 hours to find a place!!

When I was trying to find accom there were SO many people in the streets - they all go out drinking at 1am and finish at 6am - so many poeple linind the streets but not like England where everyone is stumbling around - here they are all looking good.

Cordoba is a student city esentially, there are 7 Unis and all the poeple walking the streets are from 18-25 and increadibly fassionable - the weather is fantastic, it has the hefty title of the Cultural capital of South America and there are so many arts going on its crazy - so you can see why everyone likes this place!

I met a couple of Aussies in my GH (the only other English speakers), we went out on the 1st night but it got to 2am and I was so tired I never made it out (how embarrasing!) Day one was spent walking and sitting, the town was deserted - they have a 5 hour siesta from 1pm-6pm (this is how they stay out so late drinking!), I watched B´burn Vs Man U and that was pretty cool and thats about it.

Yesterday I went to Che Guevera´s House 35km away from Cordoba in a town called Alta Gracia. It is now a museum and focuses on the Reveloutionists life - it is amazing to find out about his history in such big detail. He is a bit of an icon over here and I of course knew of him but not too much - now I know loads and I see why he is the hero of Argentina, Cuba and The Congo. He (I think) is so popular with the travelers (sporting his face on their T Shirts despite his obvious hatred of anything comercialised) - its simply because of his well documented travels -in fact I think if you asked em all only 20% would actually know anything of his history. ANYWAY...... the museum was well done, good pictures and increadibly interesting.

I got back and had an early night - it was Sunday and another good excuse for a sleep from the lazy Argentinians :-), I have a bus ticket for tonight to Mendoza 12 hours away leaving at midnightish (they do everything so late here) and im trying to buy some clothes as I have nothing to wear - it is getting rediculous! Nothing bought so far and crazy long siesta is on its way so I will try again in 5 hours or so. I will check out a nice park close to hear and then hopefully time will not drag too much till midnight - im very much looking forward to Mendoza.

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Just spent the last five hours eathing with an Argentinian girl in the hostel. She bought me loads of food and I taught her loads of English - it worked well! The time flew by watching tv and now im off to the bus station for my midnight bus.
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