Street Food and Sandboarding

Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
Trip End Apr 25, 2011

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Our last stop before heading into Bolivia, we could tell it was close. Again a small dirt road town, after arriving at 5am we scored by being able to crash at a hostel for free. The hostel was a local adobe design, with mud brick walls and thatched roof.

The street food was amazing and we pulled a "Mark" by eating everything in sight in a small town! The saltena's (like a curry puff), humitas (a cheese and corn mix), biscuits and pasta soup didn’t stand a chance. I was willing to give anything a go so also mistakingly bought a salt and ash rock that is used when chewing coca leaves! It was all so good and all for only a couple of dollars. Steph’s started to eat some of the food that has only a little meat in it and so has a lot more options. We met up with Lucan and Liz again and had a 3 course meal for $5 AUS each – can’t complain about that.

Sandboarding was on offer so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and so we headed out for the day with our guide Juan. The dunes were 100-150 metres high and quite steep. We were at 3600m altitude so trekking up them really took it out of you. Still, we stuck at it for about 5 hours. The boards were good like home and really fast so there are a few bruises from some spectacular stacks, but merely flesh wounds! Did manage some nice carving runs with a few small jumps thrown in.

It seems as though we have been talking about getting into Bolivia for a while, it’s exciting that it’s finally here. Already things seem much cheaper and less developed – just what I’ve been waiting for...

Ten things to know about Argentina:

1.       There are stray dogs everywhere.

2.       They have invented the best flavour ever – Dulce de Leche

3.       The buses are plush.

4.       They don’t go overboard when celebrating the soccer.

5.       They waste money on paint for pedestrian crossings – no car has ever stopped at one.

6.       There are more hotdog stands than fleas on a stray dog.

7.       When you order meat you get a side of meat with it.

8.       Milk comes in a bag.

9.       They think saying something repeatedly in monotone will make you buy it

10.   For people who BBQ a heap of meat over coals, they have never seen a pair of thongs.
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