Updated: Jan 9
Do everything late. Get up late, eat late, go out late. Everything is done late in the birthplace of Lionel Messi and Che Guevara. Looking around the city of Rosario, Argentina's other capital, you wouldn't think that one of the greatest football players of all time grew up here. As it turns out, unless you win the World Cup for Argentina, you don't get much recognition here.
Where Buenos Aires is a city like many others; manic with an unrelenting pace, Rosario is much more chilled. A huge student city, everyone seems to be under the age of 25 and incredibly attractive. Bars, cafes, parks, all filled with students, no matter what time of the day, unless it's before midday, then its empty as nobody seems to be alive in the morning. And much like the sleeping and waking habits of a student, the rest of the city follows suit. Dinner reservations aren't made before 10pm, with the peak around midnight, food is served until 3am then its onto the clubs. The world operates on a different concept of time here.
9am and the clubs start to turf everyone out. Wandering home in the bright Argentinean sun is a strange feeling. Post-club food here typically involves empanadas, the staple choice of food, also for any time of the day. Essentially a Latin American pasty, but usually fried instead. And I'm going to say it, even better than a pasty.
As far as cities go, Rosario is up there with the best of them. By far the calmest city in South America, filled with the most welcoming of locals, the lack of tourism actually benefits everyone here. The only influx of visitors tend to be those making the holy pilgrimage to see the birthplace of Messi, and until he ever wins the World Cup with Argentina, they have to dig around a bit to find anything celebrating the guy.