Based on my knowledge, Neuquen is a province with a capital city also named Neuquen city (Argentina).
Maybe the reason why I choose Neuquen is because this is where my penpal friend comes from, I should say my first penpal friend I met in Interpals. We sometimes exchange postcard and letters, and I remember he gave me Peso (and I gave him Rupiah too!).
Well, Neuquen as province is a scenic place, as some people arrive here for Patagonia hikes. But then the city looks interesting too. First place (as usual) would be an old building called Iglesia Catedral Maria Auxiliadora. Not a Catholic though, but would love to join a Spanish sacrament. It’s built in 1960, not a very old church actually but it has some accent on Neo-Romantic and Neo-Gothic influences.
Luckily, some sources said that museum entrance is free for whole museums in Neuquen (or maybe Argentina?). Yippie, I love gratis! So, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Neuquen will be my next destination, as it’s one of the biggest art museums in South Argentina. As I watch the photos looks like ArtJog (an annual art event in Yogyakarta), but more settle. I’m not really fond of arts exhibition actually, but just want to check around what is like Argentinian artist create their mind into art.
For food, hmm, I found Pizzeria Jobbi’s that sell Faina, a thick crust, with a bit of sauce, and lots of cheese Argentinian pizza. A bit different from Italian pizza that we regularly eat. I read that some of the foods influenced by Neapolitan cuisines.
Well, in Argentina they also have Empanadas (resembles with Panada, a Manadonese food). We will visit La Casa de Las Empanadas for a popular Empanadas in Neuquen. I think I can choose either the burnt one or original one. Here, also they have Humita (maybe Humita en Chala), a corn snack made of creamed corn, goat cheese, onion, spies, and wrapped in a corn’s husk. We can also order beer here. Fantastic!
I’m interested to Rio Limay, a commune beach in Neuquen. It more looks like a river actually. Must be really good for have a sunbath or just play monopoli with friends!
As I have checked on Airbnb, I’ll stay at Hosteria Casa Bonita, a very homey house in the center of the city. It really feels like in telenovela, a big house with a big jardin (re:garden). It also has a hidden swimming pool backyard. Cannot wait to chill in this house!
After all, I’ll watch my penpal friend’s show since he’s an actor in Neuquen! Would love to hang out with him and his friends also. Jajaja.
*all pics taken from Google Maps and Airbnb since I’ve never been there