My last post from Santa Fe. I was originally supposed to leave 29th of may, I had my flight back to Cuzco… but I just couldn’t do that, and I really didn’t wanted to either. I decided to stay a couple of more weeks, and then instead of flying to Cuzco, take the bus from here to Bolivia and make the trip backwards of what I had planned.. :) He he!
Last Friday we had dinner at Duilios parents house, Claudia picked me up here and then we went to pick her sister Lorena up, so I got to meet her and her daughter, son and husband later. So now I’ve met everybody. They are so funny too.. it really reminds me of my family in Spain, big and chatty :) And they have all made me feel sooooo welcome!! And I’ve recieved a gift from the other grandmother Kika this time, and another sweater from Claudia. I’m getting so spoiled here! Next time when I get back here after Bolivia and Peru, I will bring plenty of thing to give them!
On Saturday we went out on a small sightseeing tour with the boat ”Catamaran”. Santa Fe is surrounded by rivers and small islands. It’s totally different from the city, reminds me a little of the river between Guatemala and Mexico, hehe. It was a nice tour, went really fast though. After that we drove to Parana, a nearby city. They had a beautiful costanera, the walk along the river. We ate our empanadas that Claudia had packed for us the day before :)
At night we went out dancing on a club here, celebrating Sebastians birthday. Reaaaaally different atmosphere here from everywhere else I have been!! I guess it’s a little bit more european, but we are a lot more drunk and have a lot more fun then they have here. Here everyone is dressed up to their teeth, classy and sofisticated, just looking good on the dancefloor and searching for someone to pick up! A classic meat market! Haha.. in the other countries I’ve visited here in south america, people mainly go out to dance. In sweden people mostly go out to hang out with their friends. And here it’s to find a one night stand. I say mainly, I mean, of course in Sweden people also go out to dance and to flirt, but the most important is to hang out with your friends, since ”going out” usually is the way of hanging out nowadays.
On sunday we went out for a long walk around the city and we also visited a handcraft market that only was open this weekend. SO MUCH NiCE THINGS THERE! And really cheep too!!!! We were both so surprised that it was that cheap! We didn’t get so much, but I bought my first own mate! Yep… I’m slowly converting into an Argentinian… haha!
Also the climate here has really changed now.. when I first got here it was really cold, like 13-15 degrees… now it’s like 25 degrees! Summertime for us Swedes (but it’s winter here, haha). And there’s so much humidity here!! I thought they had cleaned the streets because they were all wet, but no, it’s the humidity..!
So before I forget about it, I want to comment about the trash cans they have here in Santa Fe, I’ve laughed so much at them. The ones that are every where around the city looks like bird cages, they are baskets in different sizes and high up on poles without any bags or anything… haha. I can barely reach them! And then while walking around, I found another kind of garbage can, where you separate the garbage depending if it’s wet or dry. And it’s sooo small!! And then the last one, which I wasn’t sure about because I thought it was a mailbox at first, so I didn’t dare to throw my banana peel there the first times haha. Such a small opening, you can’t throw a can in there for example.
And another thing I think is funny at every supermarket:
Well.. not much more to say. We have changed apartment now, because we only had the other one until wednesday, and it was booked for this last days.. Duilio wanted to have a day home to say Good bye.. so we got another apartment from the same girl a little bit further away from the city center, a stones’ throw from Parque sur where we hang out and I go jogging around :)
And it’s so much bigger, we have 3 bedrooms! Haha. But it feels a little weird, the other one really felt like ”our” apartment.. Anyhow.. I’m leaving tomorrow saturday…. It sort of hurts my heart but this time I feel like I can do it, compared to 2 weeks ago when I was supposed to leave.. I really wasn’t ready then. Now I’ll be gone for like 2 months before coming back here again :)