Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
Trip End Mar 27, 2013

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Saturday, November 10, 2012

From Bariloche we took a four hour bus to El Bolson on November 7th. El Bolson is a town that Kendra found by searching for places that there are a lot of hippies or expats. The thinking was that if there are hippies there, it can't be a bad place. And, so far in life, that thinking has been right on. El Bolson is small and quaint though, like most places, it definitely had its touristy side. The town is best known for its artisan market, open Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Saturday's (we went to town for this on Saturday the 10th), as well as for their beer as the town is the country's number one producer of hops. There are a couple of breweries here and a lot of people who make their own home brews as well. The brewery we tried was Cerveza Artesanal El Bolson which had a pretty good framboise and a decent blonde. Since so many hops are grown here, the beer seems to have more flavor than your average beer, and a bit more floral.
The market was great, too. It stretched from one end of the central park all the way to the other. We had decided that we would allow ourselves to buy one small souvenir from each country we visited: a woven friendship bracelet. We stopped at all 194828295 booths selling woven bracelets and finally came out with two of the cheapest ones we could find (about $4US each) a few hours later. Lydia was also able to find a replacement tie-dyed scarf for about $3US since her fist scarf was in the stolen backpack. Success. But more important than these purchases was the lunch. In the middle of the market there is a food court selling fried sandwiches, local beer, and empanadas. After weeks of searching and almost to the point of giving up hope, Kendra has finally found a cheese an onion empanada! $1US for a fried pastry filled with Rochefort cheese. Heaven.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves...
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Cindy on

Success! Empanadas de queso! Ah, the memories of Empanadas Place in WLA.

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