02.09.2007 - 03.09.2007 20 °C
On September 2nd, we spent the day relaxing in Salta. It is quite a large city, with 500.000 inhabitants, but it feels smaller and very chilled, and the centre is lovely with colonial buildings and beautiful squares with sidewalk cafes. We bought some great cold cuts and cheeses from the supermarket and had a picnic in the square. Then we had some coffee at a side walk cafe, and watched people walking past. We walked around an artisan's market and looked at the goods, and samples some of the homemade cookies. They do these cookie sandwiches here in Argentina - alfajores - and they stuff them with dulce de leche, a sort of thick caramel - extremely rich, you can only eat one or two, but quite good. Went back to the square, and watched as it got dark and the lights came on at the cathedral across the street.
We met some fun kiwis, and had drinks and later dinner with them. Steak dinner with wine worked out at around $20 for both of us - not so cheap, but not bad for a great steak.
September third, we were once again on the move. We hung around Salta again during the day, waiting for an evening bus to Mendoza. The bus turned out great - the seats reclined all the way to horizontal, and the service onboard was excellent - no one sitting in the aisles here. Definetely a huge step up from the Bolivian busses, although the prices also take a leap up. We managed to get some decent sleep.