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Published: October 13th 2011
me on the boat tour. if you can't already tell...it was cold and windy
so i decided to take a last minute trip to rosario for the weekend with 2 friends because i wanted to go somewhere close and cheap and we had monday off from school (although i was pretty disappointed that i didn't get my act together sooner and plan a trip to somewhere far away). all of the hostels were booked for the weekend but somehow we were lucky enough to find one (but for 150 pesos for 2 nights, which is more than we normally pay but still only 36$). we got to the bus station and 830 and got on one of the last morning buses left. the bus was supposed to take 4 hours but took around 6 (we stopped a bunch of places and had to all get out of the bus). we finally arrived and decided to buy our return trip at the bus station before we left just in case we couldn't find a trip back. afterwards we finally caught a cab to the hostel, Cool Raul. I haven't had much hostel experience but this wasn't a very nice hostel, but we felt lucky to have a place to stay. the hostel wasn't very helpful in
suggesting something to do so we took my guidebook and hit the streets of Rosario. we went to the monumento de la bandera (flag monument) where there was a concert and we decided to hang out and enjoy some street food. we then walked around the centro, which was really pretty because the streets are only open to pedestrians and everyone is out walking around at night. we wandered into a cafeteria of sweets and bought some churros and coffee. it was really nice to just hang out and enjoy eachother's company, especially with how busy the city can be. afterwards we headed back to the hostel for some free dinner, beer, and talking with Argentines.
on saturday we headed back down to the river with an Argentine we met the night before and bought our tickets for a boat tour. after enjoying some more street food we went on a 2 hour boat tour around the harbor. we really wanted to go kayaking but the weather wasn't very nice. the boat tour was nice and relaxing and we got to practice lots of spanish with our new friend. afterwards we took the elevator to the top of the
my favorite picture from our boat trip
flag monument where we got a view of the whole city. afterwards we headed to another cafe for some coffee, followed by a restaurant for dinner. we finally got back to the hostel for the inter-hostel festival. we all decided to take a nap before which turned into all of us sleeping the whole night and not even going out. i was fine with it though because we woke up early enough the next morning to enjoy el parque de la independencia before heading back to Buenos Aires. overall, the trip was short, sweet, and relaxing. i love being able to get out of the city because the people are always so much more patient and friendly. now i need to start planning my trip to patagonia! chau!
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