February 28, 2006
Between extremely long sessions of eating and drinking outside, Jack and I took a long walk around town today. The city is nicer than I previously thought. Yesterday, I didn't venture too far from my hotel, and I thought Rosario was pretty run down. I guess I'm just staying in the ghetto, though, because today I learned that the city has a lot of nice places, like the riverside walkway, which gives you the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere instead of in a city of over 1 million people.
Our main goal of the day was to get to the art museum, located a long distance from the hotel on the other side of town. After lots of walking, we finally got to the museum. Much to our dismay, there was a sign on the door stating "Sorry, the museum is closed until the end of March for repairs." I felt like Chevy Chase in Vacation when he finally got to Wally World after lots of trials and tribulations only to have a moose tell him to go home.
Instead of getting dejected, Jack and I walked back to the other side of town to the modern art museum. However, when the lady at the desk told us that the elevator was being repaired, I thought about making a visit to the sporting goods store. After some sweet-talking, she agreed to let us in, but we had to use the stairs, and the building was ten stories tall. The museum had a few nice exhibits, but the most interesting thing to me was the panoramic view of the city at sunset.
After visiting the museum, we stopped for a "licuado," a fruit smoothie available at almost any restaurant here, at a cafe on the river. Jack has taught me the value of relaxing for hours outside with a cold drink in hand. Of course, when you do that four times per day, there's not much time left for other activities.
Later in the night, we went to see Jarhead at the movie theater. I hadn't heard of it, but that doesn't surprise me because I haven't kept up at all with any movies that have come out since I started my trip. It was an OK movie if you want to kill a few hours, but I wouldn't recommend it otherwise.
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