So the story continues from where we last left our intrepid adventurer. I wandered Salta last night to get some night photos of the cathedral and church. You know the pink and red one. They love lighting things up at night, but thats because they eat dinner so late as well. The hostel was having a free dinner but it was at 10pm!
Dinner was nothing special just some pasta and bread washed down with some beers too. Then I played a game of pool with some Argentinean pool sharks, who had some very strange rules indeed, like the black has to be sunk in the pocket you sunk the last ball in. Fortunately this rule helped more than hindered me until we were told no more pool its late.
So today I decided to go visit the Archaeological museum on the town plaza. It seems to centre around the finding of three Incan children preserved on top of a volcano. The museum had all the artefacts buried with the children and also displayed the children themselves in a highly technical cryogenic container kept at the right temperature and air pressure to match the conditions found on the mountain where the children were found. Its kind of weird, because one is preserved so well it looks too real to surely be a fake.
I had my next adventure to tackle. I took the Teleferico (gondola type ski lift) to the top of cerro San Bernardo. Several times I thought I was going to die. I made it and couldn’t wait to feel the earth beneath my feet. From the top of the hill, you can see the sprawling city that is Salta. They also had a huge “waterfall” water feature in the gardens up top. Lots of waterfalls flowing into different ponds and cascading down again until the water all ends up in a big pool and is pumped back up again. The old people seemed to love it. But i’m am going to Iguazu this Friday which is one of the great natural wonders of the world.
So my adventure continues…. Tomorrow I’m going to a national park dedicated to giant cactus among other things. Then Friday I fly to Iguazu Falls for my birthday.
So firstly before i do spanish phrase of the day I think I need a disclaimer. Very few of these translations have been checked by someone who actually speaks fluent spanish. Technically I’m sure they are right, but as I’ve learnt that doesn’t always mean the meaning is right 😉
Todays phrase is rather boring “Pagué 30 pesos par ver a unos 600 años de edad”. That was a lot of money to see some shrivelled up children even if they were 600 years old.