Justine and I have torn ourselves apart from each other this past week. I left her in the thriving Buenos Aires and jumped a overnight bus to some lesser known Argentine sights.
I can't tell you how Justine has spent her week, but I have been in Carmen de Patagones staying with the Youl family's number one Argentine contact, Sandra. For those of you who don't know, Sandra came to Tasmania and worked on our farm for a month in 1997. Since then, my brother Tom visited her in 2007 and I have visited this year. So we are averaging catching up roughly every ten years. Sandra now has three kids, and we realised that I was the same age as her youngest daughter when she was staying with us in Australia. What a brat I probably was...
The week was spent touring the local sites of Patagones with a trip to visit the Sea Lion colony, local beaches, the fair that was on for the long weekend (waffles were a must) and then topped off with a weekend trip to the farm called San Juan. The farm was incredible and huge. Saw all the local animals, all of which Spanish names I have forgotten. There was one that's cousins with a llama, a giant hare that's almost like a small deer, and an ostrich type thing that doesn't appear to be the smartest of creatures! It's always nice to have a home away from home when you're travelling and I took full advantage (thanks Sandra)!
However back in BA now with Justine. But that wasn't without its adventure. I caught a cab from the bus station this morning, and the cabby tried to pull the old switcheroo on me. I handed him 100 peso note. To which he swapped with another and tried to hand back saying "no good, no good". Luckily someone had previously warned me about this trick. And I new he'd switched and the one he handed back was a fake. The pictures didn't reach the edges and the silver stamp was silver pen coloured squares (I'll post pictures)... I said no, and got out of the cab and walked off while he yelled some abuse. Technically I had paid, he was trying to trick me for another hundred pesos. The fact he didn't chase me makes me know I was in the right! Needless to say, I still walked away to meet Justine very quickly!
Kim arrives in 5 hours. And we are making appropriate preparations for her arrival! Stay tuned...