A gaucho family getting ready for the Bariloche birthday parade.
Had a fairly easy day today. We moved to our new hotel this morning, and then had to walk back to the hostel because the owner had forgotten to bring our deposit when he came to check the flat. Whole experience with them has not been very dynamic. Anyway, hotel is nice and fine for what we need. As we walked back to the plaza, we noticed lots of people milling about and realized there was a parade happening. It seems that 3 May is the birthday of Bariloche
, so there were lots of celebrations planned, and got to see lots of gauchos in the parade. Bought some yummy cake with dulce de leche in it from a group of school students (had a stall for a fund-raiser) and watched the festivities.
Chocolate makers at the Museum of Chocolate.
Also visited the Museum of Chocolate today, a short walk out of the city centre. It is actually the factory of Fenoglio chocolates, one of the first chocolatiers in Bariloche. The museum gives a very good explanation about the history of chocolate, with lots of displayed items. It costs 15 pesos each, which includes the museum itself, a 45 minute guided tour, a hot chocolate and a couple of samples. Our guide, Marco, spoke very good English (English tours 3 times a day, ours was at 12 noon) and knew his chocolate! We only saw the people hand-making chocolates as the machines don´t operate on weekends, but got to see a DVD instead of how they all worked. The chocolates were delicious, and the box we bought didn´t last long once we got back to the hotel. You can´t get a more wholesome dinner than chocolates and red wine! Melissa also got her hair cut tonight, and we´ve both booked in for some pampering on Monday night. If you´ve seen our photos on this site you´ll know that Melissa has very short hair - much easier to deal with when travelling. It seems, however, that hairdressers here do not like doing short hair for women and it was quite a struggle to get a cut that would normally constitute abuot 2 months growth for Melissa! Looks like she´ll be getting her hair cut more often over here.