La Cumbrecita

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Thursday, October 9, 2003

Day 247 - La Cumbrecita

Settled into our new and more spacious cabin we embarked on what turned out to be a hard day. With a sketched map in hand we decided to hike up the toilet-humorous (in English anyway) Cerro Wank - Wank Hill. Most of the path was reasonably obvious but as we neared the summit (I can say summit because a hill in Argentina would qualify as a mountain in England) our only means of direction was by what looked the quickest and easiest way. Arrival at the peak was far from disappointing as to mark the top, the locals have erected (excuse the entirely deliberate play on words) a particularly phallic monument. Residents are apparently not lacking a sense of humour even though a lot of them are German descendants.

Living in a cabin as opposed to a hostel has the benefit of a private kitchen with bacterially acceptable cooking utensils in addition to the more obvious pleasantries. Cooking our own meals has therefore been an option and after finally getting our message across to the evolutionary-challenged man in the only shop in town (he was at least two stages short of being a full human on the ´how man developed from monkeys´scale) we purchased ingredients for, and later devoured, a roast dinner. A price comparison in the shop also proved the Argentinian cheap beef factor in that weight for weight, rib eye fillet is cheaper than tinned corned beef. If only people here realised that in addition to farming cattle, it´s possible to grow decent vegetable produce - they are truly woeful unfortunately.
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