EL GRANDE SMOKE
after 6 days in cordoba and 3 weeks in rosario its back to the big smoke AKA el grande mango. managed to get a taxi from retiro bus station back to my digs without getting screwed for money. my spanish is a bit better thanks to the lessons i was takin in rosario.
cordoba never happened for me . its a decent city but i got of to a bad start and i quit after 6 days . that was enough. the hotel room i got had about 50 stairs to climb so it was a shower on entry . payin to climb 50 steps isnt on. i moved to a hostel . never again . it was like livin in a disco . im gettin a bit long in the tooth to be listening to drunk kids . wandered around the city like a vagrant for a few days then bought a bus ticket to rosario which was on the way back to BA anyway. every cloud has a silver lining and i did manage to kill a couple of mosquitos in old cordoba so not all bad . i know its childish and petty but it felt good and i was mucho statisfied.
rosario on the other hand was very enjoyable . i went into a book shop because it had a few english language books in the window . bought "catcher in the rye" and got chattin to the lady who owend the place . nelly was her name and teachin the masses how to speak the queens english was her game we got on well and she arranged for me to have spanish lessons upstairs in the shop and i drove her nuts with spanish language questions. as for catcher in the rye - 10.5 out of 10 . excellent read.
rosario was more down to earth and industrial than cordoba, which is a bit middle class , academic and trendy. my bald patch and my hiking boots kindda set me apart so i f****d of to rosario where i was mucho contento . the "cuna de bandera" (cradle of the flag) monument was exellent and gave me a good insight to old argentinas heart. rosario is the right place for it too . good pics and good memories too . good pics can be more precious than diamonds.