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  • Day47

    Fake News...Cordoba...Fake News

    December 17, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Ich habe 3 Tage gesucht und kein Fußballstadion in Córdoba gefunden. Daraus schließe ich dass der ORF vor 40 Jahren „Fake News“ (in Granatneusiedl?) produziert hat (die Story war nie besonders glaubwürdig...). 😀
    Wahr ist allerdings, dass es in Córdoba die älteste Uni Südamerika‘s und einen Nachbau des Wiener Riesenrad 🎡 gibt...leider auch, dass hier - aufgrund der vielen Intellektuellen - besonders viele Menschen während der Militärdiktatur „verschwunden“ sind.Read more

  • Day293

    Cordoba

    February 23, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina. Our Airbnb was in a leafy suburb ~15 minutes outside the city and the apartment was huge. We had an entire room with a garden outside where we could do yoga. So nice!
    The downtown was a little gritty, but had some beautiful old buildings and Jesuit churches. We also enjoyed one of the best meals we’ve had in several years at El Papagayo – a small restaurant in a narrow, converted alley. Beautiful, fresh and creative food. The wine pairings with local wines and a cider was also incredible.
    Outside of the city, we visited the Che Guevera museum set in his childhood home and another world heritage site of a Jesuit church and estancia (farm) in Alta Gracia. We also took a scenic drive through mountains, streams and a large lake to Villa General Belgrano, a town founded by a couple of Germans in the ‘30s. In 1940, some German sailors deserted their ship (they apparently sunk their boat off the coast and fled here after the Battle of the River Plate) and settled here. Today, the town is known for homemade beer and Bavarian architecture.
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  • Day170

    Rio Cuarto und Villa General Belgrano

    September 7 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Die Strecke von Mendoza bis Córdoba war zu lang, um sie an einem Tag zu fahren (zumindest wenn man erst nachmittags in die Gänge kommt 😀). Deshalb steuerten wir Rio Cuarto an, eine Stadt die auf dem Weg lag. Wir fuhren durch die Pampa, diesmal wirklich: so heißt die Provinz und gleichzeitig auch die ewig ausgedehnte Steppenlandschaft. Man sah ewig lang nichts außer Weiden und hin und wieder Rinderherden. Abends kamen wir in Rio Cuarto an und stellten uns auf den städtischen Campingplatz, wo wir von Hunden und dem freundlichen Platzwart herzlich empfangen wurden. Die Argentinier begegnen uns wirklich ausgesprochen freundlich.

    Wir zogen nochmal los um in ein Steakrestaurant zu gehen, und diesmal war es ein Volltreffer! Die Steaks waren riesig, verschiedene Gewichte standen gar nicht erst zur Auswahl, und wir hatten beide bestimmt 400g auf dem Teller liegen. Es war zart und einfach so wie man es sich vorstellt wenn man an Argentinien denkt. Gezahlt haben wir gerade mal 30€ - inklusive Beilagen, Wasser und einer Flasche Wein. Angesichts der Menge und Qualität einfach spottbillig, das haben wir der argentinischen Währung zu verdanken, die vor drei Wochen mal wieder richtig abgestürzt ist. Interessant ist, dass die Argentinier erst sehr spät essen gehen. Als wir gegen 21:30 Uhr im Restaurant ankamen war es so gut wie leer, als wir gegen 23:30 Uhr gingen war es voll bis auf den letzten Platz.

    Am nächsten Tag fuhren wir weiter in Richtung Córdoba. Mittags machten wir Halt in Villa General Belgrano, einem Ort mit deutschen Wurzeln. Allein die Landschaft hätte genau so schon in Deutschland sein können, aber auch die Häuser waren typisch deutsch gebaut, manche waren sogar Fachwerkhäuser. Im zweiten Weltkrieg hat sich hier die Besatzung eines deutschen Schiffes angesiedelt, nachdem das Schiff gekentert war. Es gibt sogar jedes Jahr ein großes Oktoberfest. Wir suchten uns eine der vielen deutsch aussehenden Wirtschaften aus und bestellten ein paar Klassiker: Leberkäs mit Sauerkraut, Schnitzel mit Pommes und Gulasch mit Spätzle. Der Leberkäs war gut, der Rest eher nicht, aber wir sind halt auch jedes Mal so doof und haben zu hohe Erwartungen an die deutsche Küche im Ausland 😀 Das Bier aus der eigenen Brauerei war dafür wirklich unerwartet gut!

    Wir schlenderten noch ein bisschen durch den Ort und kauften uns einen typischen Mate-Becher, der aus einem Flaschenkürbis geschnitzt wird. Dazu gehört noch ein Strohhalm, der gleichzeitig als Sieb funktioniert und die Mate-Teeblätter draußen hält. Mate ist in Argentinien allgegenwärtig, es wird wirklich überall getrunken und ist gleichzeitig ein soziales Event. Dabei wird immer ein Matebecher herumgegeben, aus dem alle trinken. Viele Leute haben immer eine Thermoskanne dabei, um jederzeit heißes Wasser nachgießen zu können. Auch an Tankstellen oder in Städten bekommt man an jeder Ecke heißes Wasser für Mate. Das müssen wir jetzt auch endlich mal probieren!

    Dann machten wir uns wieder auf den Weg nach Córdoba.
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  • Day3

    First, Argentina: Criollo Horses!

    March 7 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 90 °F

    After about two and a half years, I returned to Argentina—a prelude to my trip Chile—to see my friend Carlos Sanchez ride competitively for the last time in the national semifinals of criollo horsemanship. He has won endless competitions on the local and national level in Argentina; now, because of the age limit imposed by the Association of Breeders of Criollo Horses, this was his swan song. I joined his wife, Rosa, son, Hugo, daughter, Blanca, and son-in-law, Simon, in the small town of Jesús María, an hour north of Córdoba in the center of the country.

    The competition was a four-day affair, with four main events: morphology (judging each horse’s conformation) two events of set movements, and one two-part event called “corral de aparte.” I am more a fan of the horses than of the events. This breed is exquisitely agile, as you will see from the videos I have included in the photo section, and of great beauty, intelligence and endurance. I got to watch them every day for hours and hours: a horse-lover’s heaven.

    I did take some time to revisit one of the Jesuit estancias, ranches which supported the Jesuits’ ever-amazing teaching and settling efforts. A block of these estancias and the churches connected with them make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information, click on this link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesuit_Block_and_Estancias_of_Córdoba

    And then, I was back with Argentines! In Jesús María I rediscovered the charm, the articulateness, the conversational abilities and—let me say it again, the CHARM of these people. When I opened my mouth, my strange accent in Spanish was apparent—a rewardingly excellent conversation-starter. I had many interesting encounters as a result. So nice to be back!

    Please enjoy the pictures. If you leave a comment, please sign your first name, so I know who you are!
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  • Day50

    Dragoman D3+4 Abandon truck

    April 9, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Again an early start was had from Mendoza as we were to have 2 days of travelling to our next destination, a ranch above Cordoba. Miles upon miles of vineyards gave way to farms full of cattle and horses.

    We have all been given jobs whilst on the trip. James is one of the luggage loaders whilst I get the weird combination of binlady and librarian. A few hours into the trip I take my job seriously and go sort out the library, and a pack of Uno! We have also been divided into cook groups when camping. James and I have been divided into rival cook groups. Whilst mine is pretty chilled - we easiy went round a Walmart of all places to get our ingredients. James' had a little more tension as they prepared our lunch!

    A few hours of Uno and a great Spotify throwback Thursday powerballad playlist later and we arrived at our camp of the night. By the side of a riverbed it was quite picturesque, with woodpeckers and tropical birds. We were introduced to the Dragoman tents. Though modern-ish they are designed on the tents from the 70's and are pitch black inside!

    Joining our group huddle for super were the camp cat and dog. The dog took James' fancy immediately as a golden retriever and we called him Shadow. He would hold a pebble in his mouth and expect you to throw it like a stick. After a bitternhot choclate we headed for bed.

    Next morning we set off for a 5 hour drive to the ranch. Within 10 minutes we took a swing to a dirt road which was famous for being a pilgrimage with great views over the area. The truck stopped and it was announced that we coukd take roof seats!! From then top of the trucks we had a brilliant views and the road climbed up to the clouds.... the drizzly clouds, the first rain in months.

    As we rounded a corner a muddy uphill was seen and Mamasita tried but the wheels kept spinning and we slid towards a wall. We were stuck. We all got out and set down traction mats to no avail. We were officially 8km away from the main road and the next village. We had lunch and waited it out as David ran for help and we flagged down help from some passers by. A policeman came up and was helpful considering we were a bunch of gringos getting stuck on his road on palm Sunday.

    We waited it out as a convoy of taxis were called to get us and a plannwas hatched on how to free poor Mamasita. We found a nice hotel and waited for news. Only an hour later Mamasita was parked innfron David having dug under the wheel and placed rocks for traction, reversing her a few km back through the windy road and oerforming a 44 point turn to get her back!

    We deserved a meal out and it was Faye's birthday. We wound down over good food and wine hoping for a smooth running day to the ranch tomorrow!!
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  • Day53

    D7 Dragoman- Top of the world

    April 12, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Again by 10 in the morning we were ferried to the horses. Unlike yesterday it was a misty day, giving an eerie feel as we set off in a line. I jumped onto Sinpatica and with growing confidence she didn't push her luck with all the snacking today and listened maybe 90% of the time. She even chilled out in the middle of the pack for an hour or so before marching her way back to the front.

    As we made our way higher and higher the size of their estancia became aparent as it streched out for miles around us. At an open field we had a chance to canter and it was exhilerating to fly through a few fields whilst also holding on to the saddle for dear life!! We continued until we reached "top of the world", the highest point in the estancia. The mist had cleared and you had a 360 breathtaking view of the estancia and the valley below.

    Returning to the Dragoman camp, we had a few hours to relax and have supper before wine tasting with Kevin. He poured 4 different wines, while passing around little bottles with smells as part of a competition to see how many we could get right. They were smells like fruits and incensce that you would expect in a wine bouquet. I was apalling and only got 3 right. He handed out prizes for our riding. I won most improved rider and Charlotte the best rider. We recieved a nice bottle of Malbec! Izzy had the best nose and won a bottle of champagne! With an early start we retured to bed, very sad to be leaving this wonderful little haven in Argentina.
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  • Day51

    Dragoman D5 The Estancia!

    April 10, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    A quick breakfast in the hotel (very poor compared to hostels!) we again started towards the Estancia. With clear blue skies, we could see the mountainous terrain which was lurking in the mist yesterday. Stopping for photos we pulled up next to a swooping circle of condors, massive birds that glide effortlessly through the sky.

    After lunch (empanadas of course) we stopped, seemingly in the middle of nowhere at some gates. No signpost but the guides knew their way. We trundled down a narrow bumpy road for 10 minutes before rounding a corner to the sight of pretty white buildings with terracotta roof tiles. Two elderly horses were wandering around and a host of chickens.

    Waiting for us was Bea, with riding boots and a beret hat she looked the part of a gaucho. Greeting her in Spanish she quickly said hello back ahe was from England. Handing us a lemonade each she gave us a tour of the estancia and explained her role as the manager.

    About a mile from the main house, our little huddle of buildings are the home of the owner and arw used for Dragoman trips aftert over a decade of partnership. With a BBQ area, kitchen and games room we had all that we needed. We set up camp in the field in front with views of green hills and birds of pray swooping above.

    I left James to set up camp as I was on cooking duty. With David in the lead, Bob and I chopped onions, garlic, ginger, carrots and pepper to make a ginger chicken curry. It had a massive thumbs up from everyone.

    At 8 we met in the games room, tonight a pair of local men were coming to entertain us with local Gaucho music. They were called Willy and Charlie and were such showmen. Charlie looked to be in his late 50's with shaggy grey hair and a bit of a paunch. He had a powerfull voice, and on doing a cover of the rolling stones, did a great Mick Jagger impression. Willy was younger, had two gold front teeth, he could play 3 drums at once, wih his hands would be a blur. A talanted musician he could also play a pipe and a small guitar instrument traditional to the area. A few hours later and very happy after a few glasses we rolled into our tents.
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  • Day51

    Dragoman D6 Goucho riding and Asado

    April 10, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    At 10 o clock we were bouncing around the back of Bea's pick up truck, being ferried tobthe main house for horseback riding. The main house was grander in stature, surrounded by stables and sat in beautiful surroundings, this is where you can come stay for a riding holiday for £150 a night.

    We were geared up with helmets and introduced to our horses which they had matched according to our riding abilities. I'm a complete begginer and I was matched to a beautiful mahogany mare called Sinpatica, which means kindness. She was a very gentle, if greedy horse and would listen to my commands about 70% of the time. She loved to be at the front of the pack so if I tried to drop back she ignored me.

    In South America you ride in a different style to Britian (not that I would know). You hold the rains in one hand only, using pull back for stop, and gently pressung the rains against their neck for turning. A kissy noise would make them start and kicks to go quicker, or in my horse's case to tell her off for eating.

    We rode for an hour and a half in glorious sunshine. Our hostess Bea was born in Kenya, grew up in Britain and had first come to the estancia as a guest. She returned as a guide and then persuaded the owner to take her on as a manager.

    Returning to the mainhouse we had a lunch of empanadas with salad before returning to our part of the estancia. With the sunshine continuing I sunbathed and enjoyed a book while watching the chef for the night prepare the asado (South American BBQ). James and Izzy played football with the pack of dogs. They have three collies (Hagis, Clyde and Gilly) and a labrador (trumpet) along with two strays.

    At 7 we were rounded up served wine and we sat down with Kevin the owner of the estancia. Its been in his family for 3 generations since they emigrated from Scotland. The main buisnessnes is still cattle rearing but he and his brother looking to further their income started riding holidays on the side. Trying to get their venture off the ground they went to a travel expose in the UK to attract attention. As a small stall no one paid attention until the founder of Dragoman came for a chat. He explained that between Mendoza and Salta his trucks had nothing to visit and their estancia sounded perfect. The rest is history as Drago trucks have been visiting the estancia for 16 years, around 25 trucks a year. Their riding holiday buisness picked up with time but the dragoman partnership helped them on their way.

    We were fed well that night with ribs, beef, sausages and chicken. We ended the night in the games room making our own music, trying to accompany David's digerydoo.
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  • Day0

    Back in the city

    March 8, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Córdoba is Argentina's scruffy beautiful second city. Grand old colonial & Jesuit buildings giving it UNESCO status, but muddled up with ugly new and rundown buildings. Great art galleries, a huge university and lots of cool bars & resaurants. Though most Cordobés don't go out to eat until 10pm so Lisa & I are usually very uncool eating alone at 8.30!

    They celebrated International Women's Day with lots of women artists, including a special exhibition at the Palacio Ferreya which we visited. We joined a swanky reception for this in our tourist shorts and tshirts and almost ended up (in an audience shot) on local TV.
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  • Day105

    Córdoba

    January 23 in Argentina ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Wir legen im geschäftigen Córdoba einen Zwischenstopp ein, das gerade unter einer Hitzewelle mit über 35 Grad leidet...

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Córdoba Province, Cordoba Province, Cordoba, CD, Córdoba

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