To the Big City
Trip Start Jan 06, 2005
24Trip End Apr 16, 2005
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The city is basically like Salta, only bigger, tons of restaurants and lots of big parks. Did I mention already how hot it was? Over 100 my first day. So my first day I just walked around the city, very pretty but not a whole lot to do. I basically started to get a hold on lots of Argentinian customs
So in Tucuman there's not really a lot of bars, but instead cafes that serve as bars as well, so I went out with a British girl and this crazy French guy to a cafe, housed in this old colonial building, having beers until about 3.30 AM the first night, which is extremely early by Argentina standards, as late-night places are open until about 6 or 7 AM on the weekends, b/c no one goes out until about 1 or 2 AM...it's actually really nice, b/c you can eat your huge, bloody steak, take a nap until about midnight, and then you're good to go.
Next day went to this little campo outside of the city, San Javier, which is located on top of a mountain, and you have a great 360-degree view of the city and the surrounding hills, and of course on top of this hill, like almost every hill in South America, there is a menacing 100-ft tall statue of Jesus. Seriously, EVERY city that I have been to on this continent, no matter how big, has a menacing Jesus located somewhere nearby. That night I met this really cool girl, Monica, from Buenos Aires, we went to a nice cafe together and had some beers and she recommended where I should visit in BA when I arrive. The Argentinian accent is getting much easier for me, and I am even starting to use it myself.
Next morning I left, I basially only went to Tucuman to go out for a couple of nights, it is a nice city for a few days but there's not a whole lot to do. The food, however, is fantastic, and my strict diet of steak and wine was not interrupted. Early in the morning I caught a bus for Chilecito, which was a little further than I expected.