The last good byes in Santa Fe (and paraná)

So besides everything I wrote in the last post I’ve been with the couchsurfing-girls to Rosario (which I’ve already written about) and last weekend we were also in Paraná and visited Veronica. :)

We ate at this place called “Olivo” – rice and gratinated broccoli – but the best – the famous orange cheesecake – said to be the best in the universe, and it was delicccciiiioooussss. Then we went around the coast for a walk and had some deep conversation about life and how to improve ourselves and live life to the fullest. I love our conversations and our meetings, we are like lost souls connecting :) Meaning that we didn’t know each other before couchsurfing but we connected on a whole new level. Big like!

Having the famous orange cheese cake!

Having the famous orange cheese cake!

Viewpoint. On the other side of the river is Santa Fe!

Viewpoint. On the other side of the river is Santa Fe!

Another thing that happened in Paraná: I met up with my old pen pal from the year 2000! Yeah, who would have thought that? Writing to someone on the other side of the world! Haha. Last year she had found one of my old letters – and looked me up on facebook – we started chatting a little bit. Then she sees that I got tagged on a picture saying that I’m in Santa Fe – which apparently is 30 minutes from her home in Paraná! Amazing how little the world can be sometimes. And so fun to see her! To bad it was the last weekend before leaving though.

Old letters to Lorena!

Old letters to Lorena!

With my old penpal from year 2000, lorena :)

With my old pen pal from year 2000, lorena :)

The parana girls - me and Gisela visiting Veronica, Marcela and Lorena

The parana girls – me and Gisela visiting Veronica, Marcela and Lorena

Oh, and maybe worth to tell – I’ve got a new tattoo :) So glad, I’ve wanted to do one for so long, and I found a great place here, and it was cheap too – only 200 pesos, about 35 USD. Duilio also made one. So we do now both have infinity tattoos : )

Matching tattoos!

Matching tattoos!

I’ve also kept doing dance classes (salsa/merengue/bachata/cumbia/chachacha), foil and drums. Last Friday was my last drum lesson :( I recorded a bit so that I never forget how much I liked it and how great my teacher was – Lucas Negretti – if you want to learn how to play drums in Santa Fe, he is the best!

Lucas showing how to play "Every breath you take"

Lucas showing how to play ”Every breath you take”

On sunday we had dinner with Duilios uncles Gustavo and German, who gets married next week! Congratulations!!! And together with Dana and Lautaro. We had delicious pizzas (you order them really big and all share later, cool) and on our way home we snuck into Cremolatis to have some midnight ice-cream. Mmmmm! :)

Having dinner together with Gustavo, german, Dana and Luciano. Such a great pizza!!!

Having dinner together with Gustavo, german, Dana and Luciano. Such a great pizza!!!

And yesterday was my last fencing class and salsa class. I’m so sad. I’ve got used to the kids now, I will miss them. I kept saying “keep on with fencing and I’ll be back for a visit in a couple of years”. Hehe. They will all be grown up then, since most of them are around 12 years now. And Pedro, my trainer. Last week he told me that I couldn’t have come in a better moment, that he really enjoys my company. He needs “someone older to talk to” and also someone a little bit more experienced to fence with to keep the spirit going. And I’m glad likewise for all the extra-time he has taken to give me private lessons and to fence with me!

With the fencers at Club Banco Provincial! From the upper left; Lourdes, Me,Pedro and Alejandro, and lower right; Juan Ignacio, Lautaro, Juan Pablo and Juan :)

With the fencers at Club Banco Provincial! From the upper left; Lourdes, Me,Pedro and Alejandro, and lower right; Juan Ignacio, Lautaro, Juan Pablo and Juan :)

And the salsa-classes, it has only been a month but so much fun with all the other “students” and our teacher Dany, who also said to me ”I have it in me”. I hear the difference between different music styles now and I really enjoy to dance to different latin-music.

With the salsa group! Together with our teacher Dany

With the salsa group! Together with our teacher Dany

I  felt tinged with sadness on my way back home from Club Banco Provincial, which is where I’ve been training. So sad so sad. But the good thing is that – if everything keeps on going as it should – I will probably be back for a visit in a few years, since my boyfriend is Santa Fesino :)

Today I also said my last good byes to Duilios family. First to Jorge (Duilios dad), who came by before going to work. Then we visited Duilios grandmother Ines. She had made apple cake specially for us to bring home and even eggplant-milanesas for me to eat tomorrow! Oh oh. So sweet. such a sweet lady – reminds me so much of my own grandmother (who sadly died this summer). Then we went to the other side of the street to have dinner at Duilios other grandmother Kika (which is totally the opposite from Ines – not at all that typical grandmother – but modern and loud). We had homemade ravioles – lovely – I’m really getting used to this homemade pasta now… going to be hard later! Haha. After some  delicious apple/pear cake and mandarin cake and some playing on Lautaros phone – it was time to say good-bye there too, to grandparents Kika and Hugo, to mother Claudia, brother Lautaro, the aunt Lorena, her husband Adrian and her kids Brune and Thiago. Some of them even cried, broke my heart.

A very normal argentinian family :)

A very normal Argentinian family :)

Now I don’t have so much left – some packing, cleaning and a goodbye to the love of my life, before heading to Iguacú alone again. I was crying a week ago, but now that it’s just around the corner – I’m trying to hold up. Let’s see how it all turns out – hopefully we’ll meet in a couple of months again!!

Having tea in the pasteleria, such a cozy café! :)

Having tea party in our favorite café – the Pasteleria, such a cozy place! :)

Last months in Santa Fe

I notice that I haven’t uploaded any pictures from Santa Fe during september and october. Even if I haven’t done too much, just had a “normal” life, I can’t not take pictures ;)

We have been to the costanera a couple of times – the coast line of Santa Fe where people go to drink mate and look at other people jogging or show off their brand new cars – and then to the Parque Federal which is just around the corner from our home, much more silent and nicer. The first of September we moved to Giselas old apartment – because she moved to Rosario.

By the costanera, people park the car, take out a chair, and drink mate.

By the costanera, people park the car, take out a chair, and have picnic/drink mate.

Sunset and drunken trees siluettes by the costanera

Sunset and drunken trees silhouettes by the costanera

 

Doing bracelets in the Parque federal

Doing bracelets in the Parque federal

Having dinner at our new place :)

Having dinner at our new place :)

I’ve been to a kids fencing tournament here in Santa Fe, funny to see the kids fence ”for real”, and our guys behaved very well :) They are too young to get any scored though, but they all did well, had fun and got medals :)

Our guys :)

Our CBP-guys :)

The fencing medals :)

The fencing medals :)

We went bowling with the couchsurfing-gang on Fernandas good-bye party (she went back to Brazil). And I won ;) Haha! Duilio was mocking me because I started of really bad so it felt good to win later :)

Well... this went well...

Well… this went well…

We were invited to Nicos house for his birthday, it was potluck sucker – which is very common here on parties, so everybody brings a little bit of food to share (usually food you can eat with your hands), we brought pizza – which Sebastian had made for is earlier since he works at a pizzeria, hehe.  It was a perfect evening, not to hot or to cold, and the kind of “parties” or get-together I like, small and more personal, nice to have a chance to get talk  the guys get to know them a little better.

Hanging at Nicos house :)

Hanging at Nicos house :)

I’ve been to my first Argentinian wedding – Luciana and Gabys. Gaby is Duilios old friend from school. Such a sweet couple, and beautiful wedding, all though I noticed that here in Argentina is much more of a party and disco then a wedding haha. They have this thing called “cotillion” – which are stuff for parties – so they gave out multicolored disco light things (glasses/bracelets/rings/sticks) to everybody. Noooow I understand why there are so many cotillion-stores everywhere here – because Argentinians love cotillion and have it in every party!!

In the church for the wedding

In the church for the wedding

Me and Duilio

Me and Duilio

The bride and the groom

The bride and the groom with some adornments (picture borrowed from wedding photographer)


A couple of weeks ago I went out on a fishing trip along the rivers in Santa Fe together with Duilio and Seba, and yeah, the beginners luck really is!! I fished like 6 fishes that day! Thanks to that they had lunch : ) And yes, I feel horrible because I’m a vegetarian, but I only fished 3 for them to eat and the rest threw in the river again. Still, I really enjoyed fishing, and the day was beaaaaautiful and perfect, we got picked up about 5.30 in the morning and came back after sunset. Didn’t notice the first hours of sun – from about 7 to 10.30 we didn’t wear sun screen – so yeah…… we got buuuuurned!

Sunrise

Sunrise

Duilio wants to take some cred for the fish I fished ;)

Duilio wants to take some cred for the fish I fished ;)

Cow along the river!

Cow along the river!

Duilio me and Seba on the rivers of Santa Fe

Duilio me and Seba on the rivers of Santa Fe

The perfect spot for our camp!

The perfect spot for our camp!

Duilios first fish. He is so happy.

Duilios first fish. He is so happy.

My sixth fish or something. This yellow one is the most common in the rivers!

My sixth fish or something. This yellow one is the most common in the rivers!

The captain! With nice burn marks on his feet!

The captain on our way back home! With nice shoes marks on his feet!

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Such a handsome half red half white couple.

Next entry soon with the last pics from Santa Fe!!

Finally a video from Argentina

It’s been a while since I last uploaded a video!

This video is only from Argentina, a mix from the first and the second period. I haven’t uploaded anything yet from Bolivia who came in between my two visits to Argentina. Since I’ve been a total of 4,5 months here, these 5 minutes aren’t much.

I haven’t done anything really touristic either, so this is just a gathering of a few events. Trombonanza, ”El dia del amigo”/ ”international friendship day”, a few sunsets, Duilios family, boat trip on the Santa Fe river, some fencing in Rosario, a trip to Buenos Aires, a few roller coasters from the amusement park there, a wedding and a fishing trip in Santa Fe.

Enjoy!

 

 

Fencing and couchsurfing in Rosario

I’ve been in Rosario the two past weekends. It’s only 2,5 hours away with bus from Santa Fe where I live, and relatively cheap to go there (one way 65 pesos, about 22 USD).

Rosario is Argentina’s third largest city after Buenos Aires and Cordoba. It belongs to the province Santa Fe, which Santa Fe is the Capital, but Rosario is much bigger. Some famous people who were born here is Che Guevarra and Lionel Messi.

Last weekend I went for the fencing tournament ”Panamericano”, which is the biggest one in Central and South America, with the best fencers from each country. I was there on Sunday, to see the woman’s epee. There weren’t many fencers or much public there, but my trainer Pedro said that it was full on Saturday when it was men’s foil. So epee isn’t that big, and neither women…

The semi-finals in womens epee

The semi-finals in womens epee

It was really fun to see epee again, I finally understand what’s happening! (I’m training a little bit of foil now in Santa Fe). But the level wasn’t thaaaat high either, I thought it was going to be. There were a few really good ones, like the winner, a girl from Chile, was extremely secure and won big time. But I wasn’t to impressed by the average level. One girl from Ecuador didn’t have any physical training, only technical. And they sent her, so she must be the best fencer from her country. So I guess women’s epee is not that big at all over here. Too sad. I would probably be ranked quite good here ;) Hehe.

Anyhow. Gisela came by, the girl from couchsurfing which lets me rent her apartment in Santa Fe while she has moved to Rosario. After the womans final we had some fun watching the mens sabre (they are crazy) and then we went out for a walk along the Parana-river in Rosario. It was a perfect day for that – so sunny and hot, and it was such a good vibe here in Rosario!

Rosario - high buildings behind and green park with a lot of picknick-people in front.

Rosario – high buildings behind and green park with a lot of picknick-people in front.

We visited a handicraft market, food market and designer clothes market, passed by a music band playing, a theatre in a park, people vending home-made stuff, people walking on lines between trees, people doing capoeira or people just sitting in the grass drinking mate. Such a niiiice relaxed happy feeling here.

People sitting and enjoying an open theatre

People sitting and enjoying an open theatre

I really thought this thing in the middle of the way was beautiful. :)

I really thought this thing in the middle of the way was beautiful. :)

Food market. Mmmmm!

Food market. Mmmmm!

Then it was time for me to take the bus home.

This weekend, me, Chechu, Eugenia and Veronica from Paraná went together to Rosario to visit Gisela and her new apartment. All the girls are from the couchsurfing group in Santa Fe! So nice.

We arrived mid-day on Saturday and went to our hostel – and already in the stairs on the way up we passed by like 15 young big rugby guys haha. This weekend it’s a big game here in Rosario with an Argentinian team and a Australian team.. And rugby it’s sooo big here, the second biggest sport after football! Weird. I haven’t even seen a rugby game in my life. Haha.

Well. We had some problems there since they had booked us for the 3rd instead of the 5th.. but they had sub-booked another hostel for us called ”Pachamama” much much calmer and safer. We were almost the only guests there too, we had a private room for ourselves and everything. :) We left our bags and since we were really hungry, we met up with Gisela at an Ecological/half vegetarian restaurant… and damn it was good, and so big plates too. Hehe.

Eating at a ecological restaurant - really good food. We were so hungry in this picture! Haha

Eating at a ecological restaurant – really good food. We were so hungry in this picture! Haha

After a few hours of talking, we passed by Giselas, filled the thermos with hot water and went to the costanera (the coastline), drank mate and enjoyed the last hours of sun.
Then we took a walk around the area and went to Giselas house to have some coffee before heading back to our hostel to shower and get ready for the night.

Having some mate and enjoying the last sun.

Having some mate and enjoying the last sun.

Group-picture in a really cool tree.

Group-picture in a really cool tree.

I love the trees - the sunset makes it even more pink!

I love the trees – the sunset makes it even more pink!


After the shower we went back to Giselas again to eat dinner – mmmmm yuuummy. She had prepared great vegetarian food (yes, both her, me and Chechu are veggies! Hurray!). We had Spanish omelette, bread and crackers with humus and another bean-sauce and then vegetarian hamburgers for dinner. All very healthy too compared to all the pasta and cream I’ve eaten lately. Of course we rounded up with Giselas lovely lemon pie.

 

Hahah... such a funny picture. We were going to take a group picture, but Chechu run a little bit late.... She looks so scary, and look at her hand!

Hahah… such a funny picture. We were going to take a group picture, but Chechu run a little bit late…. She looks so scary, and look at her hand!


After that we went out to a place what used to be something pub/restaurant/club or something, but tonight it was a club filled with 16-22 year old bimbo-girls and rugby-guys or something. Not really our style. But we had paid 50 pesos to get in, so we stayed for a while watching these creatures…  and I noticed that fashion from the 90s are back – high platforms “heel” and tight tops that shows both tits and belly…they look like spice girls haha (a little bit embarrassing). Then we went home around 3.30.

Out in the club. :)

Out in the club. :)

Next day we had breakfast at the hostel and checked out, went to Giselas to leave our bags and then walked around the coast again, visiting the markets and the “Monumento de las banderas” or as it is called in English “Argentinas National flag memorial”. Then we had a light late lunch (I love salad) at Giselas before heading back home at 18.

I really had a great weekend, and I really like Rosario. It’s nice to have some getaways sometimes to something different. :)

Breakfast at the hoste!

Breakfast at the hoste!

Escaping the sun under a really nice big tree.

Escaping the midday-sun under a really nice big tree.

Totally overgrown balcony. So beautiful!

Totally overgrown balcony. So beautiful!

Love these old clocks.

Love these old clocks.

Apparently the very common "drunken trees" (borrachos) here blooms with those white balls - feels like christmas!

Apparently the very common ”drunken trees” (borrachos) here blooms with those white balls – feels like it’s been christmas decorated!

The avocado-simular fruits there blooms to those cotton-like puffs. So wierd!

The avocado-simular fruits there blooms to those cotton-like puffs. Weird ”flower”.

The flag memorial monument!

The flag memorial monument!

And I noticed that I really miss the traveling, the hostels, the couchsurfing, the hanging out with other travelers, the walking, the discovering, the photographing… But I also really noticed how much I will miss Duilio when I leave. I mean, If I do it over a weekend.. how will I feel when I know we wont se each other for like 2 months?

It was hard the first time – when we left Mexico.., (after 3 weeks I knew I couldn’t wait 4 months so I booked an 2 months earlier flight). It was horrible the second time when I went to Bolivia (and noticed I wouldn’t enjoy being away 2,5 months, so instead I came back after a month) …. How will it be the third time?

Now that I’ve been here in Santa Fe for like 4 months,  I’m sort of tired of everything here, I don’t enjoy it as much as the first month, and I’m not very fond of the narrow-minded small village square-thinking they have here. (People actually stare at me on the street when I wear a cap and baggy jeans…)

So I just want to get away from here and I get excited when I plan about my trip to Brazil… but then it strikes my mind – and Duilio?? I know that I will have a horrible time when I’ll be away from my boyfriend. Like have I really thought this through?? Everything I do, see, feel, experience, I want to share with him. I’m not complete without him. Damn it. I’m such a mess. I’m not used to feeling like this!! I’m used to be totally independent and do everything how I want and when I want to. Well well. Guess that’s what people call love?… Haha. Anyways, I’m really looking forward to a future where we travel together aaaall the time.