Easiest Border Yet
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When we finally arrived to Concordia on the border of Argentina and Uruguay after 12 hours of travelling, we were hungry and tired. We quickly found a map and checked out the Tourist Information office where a man employed there gave us the low down on everything: the cheapest places to stay, the best internet, how to catch the ferry to Uruguay and the times, and the best meat restaurant in town. Thanks guy! Right after TI, we ran over to get some empanadas and demolished them in record time. We washed them down with a liter of Sprite and were ready to find a hotel.
The first hotel that our guy suggested was booked (damn the winter school break, tons of families are on vacation at the same time). The next place had space for us and there was cable TV for the first time since Rio and heat which was much needed at this point. So we went for a walk around town, checked out the internet place but there were so many kids there playing video games that we lasted about 15 minutes before we starting loosing our minds from the noise. Since kids are on break from school they spend their evenings in internet cafes playing videogames. Read a book! After that, we walked around town some more and again realized how much we enjoy towns under a million people. We worked up an appetite and went to check out our meat place but it was closed on Mondays. So we went to another place that looked nice where we were taken care of by a crazy waitress on her first day and a chef who was good but slightly amatuer, nonetheless it was a nice meal and we capped it with some good old cable TV.
The next morning, we slept in as we were exhausted from our 3am wake up the day before. We spent the rest of the morning walking around Concordia. In all the towns we have been in Argentina, it is obvious that their glory day was in the past, as far as the early 1900s when their economy was fueled by their meat exports. For instance, the electrical wires hang from the sides of houses rather than lamposts and are very thick, meaning that they must not be made of materials very conducive of electricity. For the rest of the centry, the growth of Argentina has occurred in spurts and the country has never bloomed to its full potential due to corrupt and inept politicians, as well as a lack of diversification in their economy. They are recovering right now, but they are going through an energy crisis that is not helping. Hopefully they will figure it out. Anyway, for lunch, we went to the meat restaurant that our guy reccommended and ordered some meat, of course. Sadly, it was very chewy and definitly the worst meat we had in Argentina. Very disapointing. After lunch, we had to grab our bags and bolt to catch the ferry to Uruguay. The border crossing was very easy, and after buying our tickets, we got stamped out right away (horray). Argentina has been good to us and we´ll be back in a a week or so.