Now that we have accumulated a bit of good karma through saying nice things about other people, I think I can safely do some bitching without incurring the wrath of whatever Travel God is out there.
I don’t want to be THAT guy who is always criticizing things that are foreign to him, but after experiencing first-hand the power of the siesta in Buenos Aires, we ran headlong into a weekend at Cordoba. Apparently, a weekend in most major Argentine cities is like the set of the Walking Dead, only with more empty streets and zombies (if the local football team is playing).
Yup, we took a 10 hour bus ride into an extended siesta.
It’s 4pm on a Saturday afternoon annnnnnd… all the shops are closed and streets are empty
You know you’re in trouble when there are more birds than there are people in the main square
Ok… it’s not that there is TOTALLY nothing to do.
Lonely Planet calls Cordoba the “Culture Capital of the Americas”. There are listings of poetry recitals, film premieres, art galleries and plays everywhere.
And that is the reason why we ended up at the Dinosaur Museum!
Everybody now…. Rwaaaaaaaaaar!!!!
The Museo Municipal Carmen Funes is one of the few places that is open on Sundays in Cordoba, and with the cheap entrance fee of USD$3, it was not a bad place to spend a morning getting up close and personal with the giant lizards and Jurassic Park-ish dinosaur embryos.
What you looking at?
In your face!
Fossil imprints of dinosaur-ic shells
Now we just need a mosquito encased in amber to pop the John Williams soundtrack…
The Museo is actually more of a paleantological museum of natural history, so besides the dinosaurs, the Museo also has exhibits about the history of… well… everything…
This includes bizarre wall to wall displays of stuffed animals
eeeeeee…… snakes…. EEEEEEE… mummified snakes! We felt like we stepped into a Chinese Medicinal hall
And one of my favourite posters: The formation of the Universe in a yearly calender…. All together now: “Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unravelling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!
“Since the dawn of man” is really not that long,
As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song.
A fraction of a second and the elements were made.
The bipeds stood up straight,
The dinosaurs all met their fate,
They tried to leap but they were late
And they all died (they froze their asses off)
The oceans and pangea
See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya
Set in motion by the same big bang!”
And the best part? The Museo was right next door to the HUGE and pretty awesome Parque Sarmiento.
where Jo proceeded to dance around the Olympics installations (side question: Argentina got host Olympics before meh?)
and Instagrammed animals in various compromising positions
and doodie-covered benches. Hur hur. Sometimes, I really need a reminder why I am travelling with this girl
Here’s hoping everyone have an Argentinian weekend ahead!