March 6, 2006
I took an overnight bus to Cordoba last night, and arrived at around 7:00 AM. I went to a hostel that someone had recommended to me and tried to get some sleep. As soon as I laid down, I noticed a problem: loud music was blaring from a dance club across the street directly into my window. I later learned that it was an after-hours club that's open from around 5-10 AM. That's music to my ears.
This afternoon, I walked around town and decided to find the Museum of Anthropology. Bad idea. It was shown on a tourist map as a big dot somewhere near an intersection where three major streets cross. No address was given, so I wasn't sure which street it was on. I walked around the block several times and couldn't find it. I tried asking a bunch of locals where it was, but none of them had heard of it. This is true here in general: locals never do touristy things in their own town, so they are useless for asking where such activities are.
Finally, when I was ready to give up, I saw the museum on the other side of the block from where it was listed on the map. The only problem was that it was closed. I rang the doorbell and a few minutes later, a guy answered.
"We're closed," he said.
"But this map says you're open till 8 and it's only 7."
"Let me see that... This map only lists our January hours. We close at 5 the rest of the year."
Great, thanks. Obviously, I didn't get much done today other than several hours of walking around. Still, there are supposed to be a lot of activities to do in the area, so maybe I'll stick around for a few more days to see if the situation improves.