"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”– Lao Tzu
Days 150 & 151 – Rosario, Argentina
Hmmm.. we arrived in Rosario to the news that all hostels were fully booked, and the lovely Betty at our hoped for hostel called FIVE before we found a place. In a huge city. In the middle of the off season. Ok…. and then once we drop our stuff and go for a look around, we find no one on the street and the shops all closed. On a Saturday afternoon. The place is a bloody ghost town. Totally Bizarre!!! And the hostel was a dump. So let’s just say our first day wasn’t amazing, as the highlight was getting dinner!
Things did pick up on the Sunday, as the sun was shining and we found the boardwalk on the River Parana. So this is where all the people are!!! It was pretty cool, everyone bringing their dogs to the park, and chilling out with picnics and the ever present mate (pr mah-tay). There were loads of vendors, selling candy floss and churros, empanadas and ice cream. Jon and I even made a friend, a dog we called Sam, who adopted us and sat with us as we sun bathed next to the water.
We ended up walking the full length of the boardwalk, passing a fantastic skating area, loads of cool artwork and craft houses and a great little outdoor market. While Rosario doesnt have a lot of ‘sights’ per se, we did find a cool one, the Monumento Nacional a la Bandera or the Monument to the Flag. It’s a huge structure, with a viewing platform on top, and the crypt of the creator of the flag, Manuel Belgrano below. We took the lift up for some beautiful, if crowded (the space is tiny!) views of the city, before hiking up the steps of the stunning Civic Courtyard to the Flame of the Unknown Soldier. It was a fantastic walk, and combining that with good food and getting to see the Final of the French Open during dinner, a much better day in Rosario.