First Day in Ushuaia
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I woke up today still feeling miserable. A sore throat, a cough, and mild nasal congestion. Ugh. I immediately downed more cough syrup and an antibiotic. Then I headed into the lounge for coffee, bread, and jam breakfast. And nutella...yum...that´ll surely make me feel better.
I then headed back to my room to shower and get ready for the day - though my day was going to be a relatively easy one. I wanted to just sleep in my room all day, but I couldn´t resist the urge to wander around town a bit and check things out.
Back to the shower part for one minute, though. I have noticed a strange occurrence. (Those of you with a weak stomach or those of you who are prone to say "Eeeew, TMI" can skip to the next paragraph.
Ok, back to my day.
After the shower, I did some internet of course but soon got restless so headed down town for lunch. I ordered a Ceasar salad. Big mistake.
After lunch, I went to the Ushuaia Museum (can´t remember the official name). It had a small collection of artifacts from the territory and information on the history of the region. One of the coolest things was the wooden "ornament" of a sunken ship´s bow. (See pic.
The admission also granted me access to the first Governor´s Mansion / City Hall. So I checked that out too. (These were both pretty small time, compared to the more massive Prison & Naval/Maritime museum I´ll visit tomorrow.)
On the way back to the hostel, I ventured around town looking for either an ATM or a grocery store. Or both. I had a hell of a time - I must have walked 10 or 15 blocks in total, with no luck! I later realized that I was in the "tourist" section of town, which may explain why the grocery store wasn´t situated in that area. If you´re a local, you probably don´t want to deal with the tourist crowd when all you need is a loaf of bread.
I actually did find a small mercado by our hostel. So I picked up some fixings for dinner. Bread, cheese, salami, apples, bananas, and orange juice. Pretty boring but was looking forward to a simple, cheap, relatively healthy dinner. When I got back to the hostel, though, I felt like a total loser because there I was eating finger sandwiches, while groups of people had used the common area kitchen to whip up pastas and jumbalaya type dishes. And there I was, the simpleton.
My 6 person room did a near complete change-out today, too, by the way. Alesandro and I were the only ones to stay - we were about to get 4 new roommates. (Alesandro, by the way, is from Italy and he only speaks Italian and Spanish. So we have had fun chatting with each other in Spanish...which we are both still practicing.)
Later that night, I met Cynthia - one of my new roommates. She is from the U.S. but has spent most of her life abroad - Argentina, Egypt, and France - very interesting. We stayed up chit chatting for a bit over a large beer, sharing our past, present, and future travel plans.