Woke up this morning and the dorm stank of smelly boys, alcohol and farts thanks to the 15 boys in the room. We had some really nice breakfast which consisted of baked goods, including croissants (medialunas). The majority of the breakfast is sweet which suits John’s sweet tooth.
We decided we’d have a tourist day and head down the river on a boat ride and look around the monuments in the city. First up, we headed up the National Flag Memorial which stands by the river. The memorial is made up of three parts, the tower which stands at 70 metres tall, a courtyard and the Triumphal Propylaeum which is a colosseum type building.
The 70 meter tower at the Flag Memorial
We headed up the tower, in a lift thankfully, for a great view looking down on the river, park and the rest of the memorial.
The view from the top
After that we headed onto a boat tour which takes you along the Paraná River taking in the sights of the river and the city. We had some drink, food, listened to the commentary and music but it became a little boring after a while.
The bridge on the Paraná River in Rosario
We headed back to the hostel and Juan at La Lechuza hostel had arranged an asado, a true Argentinean BBQ, for everyone in the hostel. We all headed down to the supermarket together and Juan bought all the food for us; we were there to just carry back the huge amounts of meat.
Juan is a real character and he was laying into the French the whole time taking the piss out of them due to their belief of being the best in the world. Having the best wine, the best food, the finest culture, when in fact, Juan repeatedly mentioned, the best of everything comes from Argentina.
On to the meal and it was a group effort but there was only one person in charge of the asado, Juan. The entire surface area of the BBQ was covered in meat, from sirlion, to tenderloin, and skirt steak, it was amazing, good enough to eat raw.
Juan in charge of the asado
With the meal we had whole onions that have been placed on the coals (the french didn’t like them which was surprising), a huge salad, which Juan thought was a bit gay (he went on later to explain that in Argentinian society it was frowned upon to be a vegetarian, more so than being gay) and chimichurri sauce, an amazing sauce to add to any meat. And not forgetting lots of red wine!
All together it cost about 30pesos each, which is about £4 for a top meal and more food than you could ever think of eating!
The group meal