about me, arnaud and François crossing the ocean and the equator looking for...

24 July 2006

Cordoba y salta

hey. today we're in salta: yesterday we were in cordoba.
we left buenos aires at night, takimg the (relatevely confortable) bus to cordoba (10 hours). we slept all the way through so it wasn't too much of a hassel. we arrived in cordoba at 10 (we should have gotten there at 8 but the bus was 2 hours late in B-A) and set off to find some lockers in which to store our bags, but they were all taken, which meant we were gonna have to carry them around all day. it didn't sound too cool but what a heck, you are a "routard" or you're not! We took the guide and looked for what there was to see and quickly went around to see all there was to see ( not too much actually, couples of churches and convent and parks). we then sat down on the main square drinking quilmes (la cerveza local) and met four argentinan chicas doing pretty much the same tour around latin america as we were (it's winter holidays for them). we chatted a bit but the others weren't too keen on staying with them and I wanted to see if we could find Daniel Vaca so I took out the UWC directory and, as he lives in the centre of the city, we decided to go knock at the door. Unfortunately,he wasn't there, but his sister was and she offered to keep our bags for the day and called hiñ so I couldtalk to him. He was some 80 km out of crodoba and said he would try to get back by 1600 and contact us on our mobiles. which he never did, I don't know why. so we never met up. we went to get some more quilmes and hanged out in the city waiting for our bus which was to leave at 2230. having drank all that quilmes, we had to piss quite a lot, and fortunately there were three "cathy-cabin" on the main square where we could go take a leak - however, arnaud didn't find them clean enough and prefered pissing against the wall, and you will see this detail is of much importance to the rest of the story :) So, we were playing " couillon", drinking quilmes, talking with local kids ,sharing peanuts and going to take a leak every fifteen minutes. arnaud went to take a leak, and after some time chatting with francois, we realised he'd gone for quite some time. he looked at his mobile and had a sms saying: "meet me 534 corrientes....I'm shit scared" (en francais: RDV 534 Corrients...j'ai la trouille) So we took his bags and "ran" to the 534 corrientes to find nothing. once there he called us saying he was on the squared we had just left with a cop and wanted us to come real quick. so we ran back and found him alone, red-eyed and shaking with every muscles in his body. and we finally got the whole story ( no need to say we were a bit stressed too :) : he'd been pissing on the wall next to the toilet which just happened to be a public building and 100m from the police station. he had then been taken by the police and they had asked him to emply his pockets, explain what every single one of his cards were, made him take off his shoes, his shoe laces, had told him he was a "hijo de puta" before releasing him without even a fine but with ten hours to leave cordoba.
after this stressful event we went to the bus station and arnaud got a bit ill from all the stress. we then stepped into the bus and arrived in salta this morning.
Salta is a nice city too, not too high and a lot more relaxed than buenos aires (and so was cordoba btw). we found a youth hostel amd then proceeded to finding some food. we had a bbq with a lot of different meats and ate so much I don't think I'll have to eat for the coming three days. we also went up the mountain where we had a really good view of salta and it´s surrounding and then came down and strolled in the city centre where there are many street vendors and the athmosphere is really nice. now, we're gonna have a beer in the park and then a little pizza before a good night sleep ( the first in Three days). we'll be taking off to jujuy tomorrow morning 1030.
until next time. see you.
ps: sorry if there are no pictures, but it's too much of a hassel :) you'll see them when I get back

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