A short story about gloves

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
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Trip End Jun 14, 2006


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Sunday, May 7, 2006

A couple of days ago I lost a glove - just one, mind, and just like the map, I had taken them off when stopping for a break, or photo, or the like, and then forgotten all about them. But there was no way I was going back to hunt for a glove that had probably blown away in the wind by now. Nothing deserves turning back for unless it is my map.

So I spent the next couple of days wearing my bright red under-gloves over my exposed left hand (cf. ridiculous photo in previous entry) and today dragged myself out of my sick bed to find some new ones. This town seems to be endowed with about 600 bike shops and would you believe, the first one I asked in had the very same gloves as the one I had lost! Whoīd have thought it? I asked the price - 89 pesos. Now, thatīs getting on for 20 pounds. Thatīs expensive, for gloves, isnīt it? Well, let's assume for the sake of argument that a peso has about the same in-country buying power as an American dollar. That would make the gloves equivalent to about 50 quid for an Argentine. I went away shaking my head in disbelief, and found a humble clothes shop, where I was treated to proper old-fashioned "suits you sir" service and the perfect pair of leather gloves for about 2 quid. Now thatīs where itīs at.
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