The Argentina Adventure— Episode 8

On March 20, Day 16 of our Argentina Adventure, Argentina’s president told everyone to stay home until March 31. The IS Embassy sent us a note advising us in diplomatic terms to get the f*%#! out of here, which sounded like an excellent option except all domestic flights had been canceled and Patagonia is a […]
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The Argentina Adventure—Episode 7

When we made it back to el Bolsón, the local police invited us to stay longer. We needed to be quarantined until March 19 —14 days after our arrival to Argentina — to show we were symptom free after 2 weeks. That meant one day of staying put in our artistic Air BNB, sleeping in, […]
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The Argentina Adventure— Episode 6

We warned our peeps we’d be offline while trekking in the Andes. “Go!” they advised in unison. “Shit be crazy here in the US,” they proclaimed. “Bring us back toilet paper as a souvenir!” We chuckled and headed out for the Hielo Azul (blue ice) Refuge. The extremely rickety bridge over the river was obviously […]
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The Argentina Adventure— Episode 5

One of the activities I was most looking forward to on this trip was trekking in the el Bolsón area of Patagonia. When we arrived in el Bolsón on March 13, 2020, you could tell the rumors were true — you couldn’t swing a gato here without hitting a brewery. We’d scored an awesome and […]
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The Argentina Adventure— Episode 4

If you are new to the Argentina Adventure, oddly enough, it begins with Episode 3. From San Carlos de Bariloche, we headed north for the guided fishing part of our excursion in Junín de lis Andes. With our intrepid guide Gustavo, we fished the Malleo River at the foot of Lanín Volcano in Lanín National […]
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The Argentina Adventure – Episode 3

First, gentle reader, thank you for your concern about our well-being. The Chef and I are fine, to skip right to the punchline. And now I’ll tell you a little tale. In Episode 1, we started the trip. In this episode, I was planning to focus on my ineptness at the metric system…but let’s return […]
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Fruit as Love

I’ve always loved fruit. My mom, the Notorious Babs, instilled this in me. We would park ourselves in apricot and cherry trees and strawberry patches and gorge like bear cubs, and then think about canning, freezing, jam, and pies later. And in some of my lowest moments, kind souls have shown up with random acts […]
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He said cerveza, she said vino

Podunk here checking in from Argentina. Chef and I arrived here March 5th, and the place has blown my mind. I don’t ask for much in a vacation– good food and drink, some scenery, a little movement, and lots of R&R. Argentina has delivered in spades. Especially once we got into the countryside. Podunk indeed […]
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The Goose That Laid the Golden…Egg

Some people say cancer is a gift. If you know people like that, I would personally not accept any presents from them. However, I did discover recently that cancer can open a door every now and then. I, for instance, just found a pretty amazing side hustle thanks to a service (https://www.researchmatch.org/) that pairs me […]
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I Resolve No Resolutions

I’ll be glad when January is here and New Year’s Resolutions aren’t taking up so much airspace. Yeah, maybe I’m a little jumpy. I’ve had some experiences where the Universe hears me being all resolute about something, or making pledges, and decides to mess with me. I’ve learned my lesson. January of 2018, for example, […]
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