Salta, not more salt, but Dulce the Leche!

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Oh how I wish there would be flats of Dulce the Leche! 
Instead you can buy it everywhere, in all shapes, cookies, candies, icecreams... Deliciousness... this typical argentinian caramel-like sweet.
Yes I am in Argentina! And what a different world... The people talk funny Spanish, with lots of "sh" sounds, adorable! The city is very very pretty, with a street crowded with nightlife reminding me of big cities in Europe. Clubs, bars, restaurants, all together and big crowds on the streets.
I met up with Eduardo and Daniel in the hostel. Yes, it worked! I found them, so Brasil here I come! Surreal idea...

We stayed 1 full day and I decided to go horsebackriding as I enjoyed it so much a few days earlier in Tupiza. It was at a real gaucho-ranch, gaucho's being the typical cowboys here. It was me and 2 girls from Switzerland, and the gaucho. He could only speak spanish which was great for me to practice. He explained how gaucho's used to be the mixed unwanted sons of spanish and natives. The girls born out of these relationships would end up working in the kitchen/house, bu the boys were sent out of the house, and started living in the mountains. As gaucho's. Now gaucho is a profession, they guard cows by horse, in funny pants, very cool to see!
Argentina is famous for its steak, and actually the cows that I saw have a great life compared to other meat-industries. They live free on the mountains for 3-4 years. Also the horses roam around free, and if they need a horse to for example let some tourists like me ride them, or to collect the cows, they go catch them with a lasso. 
We galopped a lot ont he plains, which felt amazing, and finished with an 'asado', typical argentinian bbq, amazingly good... The steak amost melted in my mouth and was from a cow of their ranch. Just added a bit of lemon and salt, but the taste was so rich.

>>note to the vegetarians:
I also used to be a vegetarian for a long time, but this is part of traveling for me know, exploring the kitchen, and I do really like the lives these cows have. Please don't comment about eating meat, if you want to tell me then just email me and I will tell you my view on it. This is my choice for now. thx :)

So this was my short encounter to Argentina, time to start driving, 3500km to go! The next day we would drive all day, and then another half a day, to arrive in the famous and amazing Iguazu Falls, and my last stop for now in Spanish-speaking South America.

Marie-Line
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