Occupying a Fairytale
Trip Start Mar 11, 2009
28Trip End May 06, 2009
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I met Romina and her family back in October when I was traveling around Samoa. I arrived in Upolu with Julia (us having latched onto each other from Savaiīi) and after declaring that the bathrooms at our place were just Too Much (or maybe, not enough...) we moved next door. It was more expensive but you could walk into the bathroom without fear of Death By Unnamed Disease
Much like Alberta, Pantagonia is full of shockingly blue lakes, jagged mountains and rugged landscapes. Some pretty spectacular flora and the odd Puma wandering around in the rocks. Unfortunately, (though itīs probably fortunate) I didnīt see any Pumas. El Bolson is a sleepy town full of organic, homemade food (mmmm), naturopathic medicines and "green"-conscious people.
Being with people from the town, also meant that I was privy to more of the Argentinian culture. I was invited to sit for mate with Romiīs family - mate is a bunch of herbs poured into a hollowed out gourd which is then filled with hot (but not boiling!) water and then sipped from a silver, perforated straw. The custom is for the pourer (very technical term there) to fill the gourd with water and pass it from person to person, refilling it after each person is finished. Everyone shares the straw. When you feel like youīve had enough, you say "Gracias." which lets the pourer know not to pour anymore for you on the next round. If offered to have mate, you should always accept, itīs considered rude not to.
Iīve found Argentinian customs to be very inclusive as a whole
Itīs a very warm culture. Iīm very much enjoying being a witness to a culture that seems to be so loving, inclusive and aware that they are not the only people living on this planet. Not only that, but that they are genuinely happy to discover they are not alone.
After nearly a week of Very Quiet Frolicking in the Woods, Iīve booked myself into a "party hostel" in Buenos Aires in hopes of getting in some tango dancing this weekend. Either I will be successful or I will end up being frustrated with the noise. Weīll see!
Miss you all,