Life here in the city has started to change, the trees are starting to leaf out. The flowers are thinking of blooming. In some parks, the grass has been mown.
My life is changing too.
As I am now able to travel in Argentina, have started to do so. Each time has been in a different direction. Went south to the beaches of Mar del Plata in the winter. Explored a bit southwest to the lagoon de Lobos. This time it started with going north in search of thermal hot springs to the province of Entre Rios.
We set out to discover the thermal waters of the towns of Federacion, Colon, Gualeyguachu and other small towns in the Entre Rios province which is located northwest of Buenos Aires.
After the thermal springs, we decided to continue going north to the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay to Igualzu Falls. The reason being the area is tropical rainforest, so not as hot as it will be in another month. But more importantly as Argentina is still closed to tourism, the large crowds of people will not be there or the roads crowded.
Driving is my favorite way to discover a sense of place. The roads in this province are mostly two lanes, but sometimes turning into single lane highways, called carreteras. Double lanes are called auto pistos.
The two things you can count on Argentine roads are the tolls and frequent stopping at the various types of police stops. There are the local police, regional police, and federales and the health police at most province crossings.
As I was primarily the navigator, DJ and maker of reservations for hotels, I found myself napping and writing a bit, a role that is new for me. And of course the constant…talking and thinking in Espanola.
Having discovered the differences in language is like discovering the moon.
People are so reflective of their language. Americans and most English speakers are very direct and don’t have much patience. A single word describes a situation.
Spanish, especially Argentinean Español is so much like the people. There are anywhere from 2 to 5 ways to describe a situation, with kindness and patience being the primary attributes. Taking the time, yopisto. How to have a coffee with a friend, and it lasts 2 hours and no telephones are in sight.
Going from a triple type A person is an incredible gift, enjoying the simple pleasures and being calm and patient are a wonderful gift to learn…
Enjoy the road trip.
Besos y abrazo