A week with the (Argentinian) fam.

This week, three cheers, a pat on the back, full credit and possibly some kind of medal should go to our adoptive Argentinian family: Sergio, Maria and Juli. These were the three who rescued us from the near possibility of falling back into the doldrums last week, and in order to fully mend our wounds invited us on their holiday. And so it was that on Monday morning, we merry five began our pootle up towards Bolivia, remaining in each other’s company until an emotional parting on Friday afternoon.

We’ve said goodbye to our favourite four-year-old and at the same time to Argentina: we’ve made it pretty much halfway up the length of South America!

The most striking difference between Argentina and Chile was the landscape, and now having arrived in Bolivia it is the people. Suddenly it feels as though we’ve stepped into a poster of how South America is supposed to look, primarily because of the older women: bowler hats, mega-long plaits, sandals with socks, incredible frocks. The ‘Miss Potosí’ contest we stumbled across last night (the winner gets to be a contender for Miss Bolivia!!!) with the requisite strutting in skimpy swimwear was an uncomfortable contrast.

And now for our week in pictures…

On Monday:

...swam in thermal baths

… we swam in thermal baths

... bought 'his and hers' llama jumpers

… we bought ‘his and hers’ llama jumpers

... Steve then felt a bit bad about eating llama for dinner

… Steve then felt a bit bad about eating llama for dinner

On Tuesday we:

... noticed that someone had spilt their paint pot on the hills

… noticed that someone had spilt their paint pot on the hills

... wondered which way up the world was

… wondered which way up the world was

... found out what we're going to look like when we're old

… found out what we’re going to look like when we’re old

On Wednesday we:

... scrambled up the Devil's Throat

… scrambled up the Devil’s Throat

... tried to count the alleged 14 colours, and decided it was dubious

… tried to count the alleged 14 colours, and decided there were four

... switched drivers for a bit

… switched drivers for a bit

On Thursday:

... Steve was able to drive AND drink maté, making it one of the best days of his life

… Steve was able to drive AND drink maté, making it one of the best days of his life

... hung out in Humahuaca

… we hung out in Humahuaca

On Friday:

... made the most of final moments

… we made the most of final moments together

And:

... Steve bought a poncho

… Steve bought a poncho.

Total number of lifts: 53
Week Seven distance travelled: 855 km
Total distance travelled: 7589 km

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5 comments

  1. So pleased to see the upside of travel quickly succeeded the down of the previous week! What a lovely family to meet. Hope this week in Bolivia has been as good. Chris & Mark.

      1. I’m the mom of the other 4 years old-goat asking you for “chiis”(cheese) during our day spent in Cafayate Hostal .

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