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2014-04-17_Neuquen
Neuquén city day.
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Strolling toward the southern, elite part of the city
Woke Up, two medialunas and coffee. The plan is...there's no plan. An average Sunday never offers places about local history and sights with open doors - neither was I prepared.

So be it, the plan was simple: a big walk in the city.
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Walking among the houses of the upper-class.
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The Río Limay next to the city.
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Walking among the houses of the middle-class
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Lunchtime, locro is on the horizon!
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Are you crazy?? It's too early, they will open only later.
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The gym of Neuquén.
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Crossing industrial regions.
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Walking among the houses of the lower-class.
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Short sociology interview of Neuquén
I was walking around in the neighborhood and shot a few pictures with the Canon small compact camera when a middle-aged man started to yell to me from the other side of the street while leaned onto his car: Whom do you take pictures, why do you take pictures?

I already followed the man beforehand, so the spidey sense ticked in soon: based on his clothes he was likely a respectful workingman, the car was weary but kept together - in this wise I walked to him. I have no interest to encourage anyone doing something crazy - but just as mentioned in the Credo entry, neither my human and world traveller instincts did emit danger signals.

We talked about my stay in Argentina, about Neuquén and the flood of the last week. He called to me because he doesn't recommend to show the photo camera openly: in the last years he was robbed and stabbed 5 times (without the expertise of the emergency doctors he would have remained on the street 2 times) by the motochorros criminals.
Their working habits vary. These are generally 15-30 years old, not living in the deepest poverty, having weapons, low-educated young males who attack the victims from a scooter or a motorbike, then quickly escape. The incident has its notoriety in whole Argentina.
We had some other words, then I continued my course.
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The working families and future generations of Neuquén.
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Back to the central.
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I turned into a corner and noticed a ... I cannot miss the plane ...
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Transformers dog. Shares the stage with Cocytius antaeus home guard...
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Again in the central
Copious meal after the 17 km walk: El carrito del Parque, chicken sandwich and a small Stella.
(had better taste than look)
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On the terminal
Crucero del Norte again
6:10pm at the terminal to catch the return to capital at 7pm in time. I don't know why did I choose the return from Via Bariloche to Crucero del Norte.

7:43pm I asked the dispatcher what's the situation? Some technical problems? It's only delaying but will be here in 20 minutes. Okay.

Later Chevallier, Via Bariloche and El Valle left to Buenos Aires.

7:53pm I asked the dispatcher what's going on? The bus came in at 7:15pm and now they're already preparing for the ride.
...let's round it after 7:43pm, shall we... *wink*
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Been there, done that.
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Bus ride in the night
Finally instead of the initial 7pm the bus appeared at 8:10pm and everyone happily took their seat.
¡¡VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!! Crucero del Norte starts to count the seats from the floor level, Via Bariloche from the upper!!!!
Maybe because of this, maybe something else was behind, by the time I arrived to my seat, some lady already occupied it to have a nice chat with her friend. No problem at all, I showed reluctance but finally accepted her single seat in the right row. Gentleman as always.

8:14pm departure

8:35pm Chuck Norris movie starts on the TV.

9:37pm rain started.

10:28pm after dinner. The menu was completely the same as Via Bariloche coming here, the only difference here only 1 miniMilanesa with orbs of potato was offered. Also there was some dessert(?) ish(?) thing: roll filled with peach jam, ham and cheese. Yes, like the Hungarian peach roll but this also had ham and cheese. What's not clear? You say you don't eat ham and cheese with sweet jam?

10:40pm everything darkened, only my solo LED illuminated the interior of the slumbering bus, while outside the rocky North Patagonian landscape raced under the pale moonlight.