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.

 

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