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Solo Claire

Rosario

ARGENTINA | Friday, 24 October 2008 | Views [315]

The flags have no sun cos they are ceremonial rather than official (I think)

The flags have no sun cos they are ceremonial rather than official (I think)

Time spent in Rosario was too short really but it wasn´t helped by the fact that I arrived on a Bank holiday wkend when everything was closed bar a few touristy attactions and bars. Despite, or maybe because of, it being shut this is my favourite city so far. It has a nice relaxed feel to it and lovely architecture. I know it makes sense to use old buildings rather than leave them sitting there but in the commercial area you have these beautiful buildings that look like they should be museums or galleries that have been taken ove by mobile phone companies etc who hang banners and signs all over them and wreck the aesthetics. On the Sunday, they had markets by the river and lots of street entertainment. The banter was wasted on me but the rest of the crowd seemed to enjoy it. Then on the Monday I went up the tower. It´s basically a big pillar with lifts inside it. Why they couldn´t have used their heads and made the spike similarly functional I don´t know! This was the first place that the Argentinian flag was raised so, as far as I can make out, the tower and greek style columns covering an eternal flame, are here to mark the occasion. Hostel was grand though because I was sharing the dorm with a Canadian, a Mancunian and a Danish lad who spoke English. The manchester lad had gone to Oz for one year, saved his cash for Asia, then went back and worked again in Oz and is now spending that cash here. He has been away for 2yrs 2 months already and is planning to do TEFL in South Korea next albeit it with a trip home to do the course! I don´t feel bad about my travelling anymore!  

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