Awkward & Awesome | Argentina

1.09.2014

It's a long one, but there's pretty pictures after all the words...

AWKWARD
1.  Just two days after we left for our honeymoon, some lady hit our cars.  Yes, that's plural.  Cars.  They were parked one in front of the other out in front of our apartment and ... well ... let's just say she reversed when she should've gone forward.  She backed into The Husband's car so hard it pushed his car backwards into my car.  In fact, my license plate left imprints on his bumper.  Luckily we have an awesome neighbor who got photos of everything and collected all the necessary information for us (and saved the broken pieces of our bumpers...), then waited until we got back to tell us.  We were truly grateful for that, otherwise we would've spent the entire trip stressed out about the whole dang thing.

2.  Finding gluten free food in Argentina, especially Bariloche where we spent 5 days, was a lot harder than I thought.  Everyone knew what "gluten free" meant and could advise me on what to avoid.  The problem was there weren't many non-gluten alternatives.  Pizza, empanadas, and sandwiches were on nearly every menu and a lot of times the only safe option for me was a salad.  While in Bariloche, we wanted to order room service.  We explained the gluten-free thing and they suggested the soup of the day - Corn Soup.  So I ordered the soup (which turned out to just be a bowl of broth) and an order of French fries.  Apparently, the French fries were fried in the same oil as the fried fish on the menu.  That little bit of cross-contamination was enough to cause a reaction and, after days of salads and yogurt, I hit my frustration limit.  I spent the fifth night of my honeymoon crying in the bathroom out of pure frustration.  I was so irked I couldn't even explain it The Husband when we asked what was going on.  Food is something I love and I'd found my groove with gluten-free living at home in San Francisco.  Being on an awesome vacation surrounded by so many yummy sights and smells but not being able to actually enjoy them was pure torture.  Okay, fine, so maybe that's a bit dramatic.  But still ... it sucked.

3.  While we were in Bariloche, we also visited a nearby town called Colonia Suiza.  It's a quiet little village in the off-season but they have an awesome craft brewery, Berlina, and a cool beach on Lago Moreno.  We went there twice while in Bariloche (it was about a half-hour bus ride).  The first time was technically the off-season - we were the only people in the brewery for nearly an hour before some others came in.  The second time we went was during the following weekend, which was sort of the unofficial start to the summer season.  There were so many people, the bus couldn't turn down the town's one road so it dropped us off about a half a mile away.  When it was time to leave, people randomly started forming a line behind where The Husband and I were standing when they realized the bus was coming.  Even though they formed a line behind us, some guy kept insisting we go to the back of the line.  I'm a little stubborn so I flat out refused and just stayed where I was.  When the bus finally came, it was on the opposite side of the street, so of course everyone ran across the street to get on - those bus seats are prized real estate, apparently.  The Back-of-the-Line Guy somehow ended up in front of me but I didn't really care.  I was pretty sure we would all make it on the bus anyway.  He cared, though.  He cared a lot.  He turned around and started shouting at me -in Spanish, by the way- to get to the back of the line.  The woman he was with kept telling him to stop but he didn't.  I, of course, just stood there staring at him.  I barely understood what he was saying (someone later told me he was telling me to go to the back of the line) but it didn't seem to matter.  He was so determined to make his point he literally put his hands on my chest and pushed me backwards.  I was so angry, I just stared him down and said, "DON'T touch me!"  He clearly didn't speak English but he finally got that I wasn't moving and turned away to get on the bus. 

AWESOME
1.  Minus those little setbacks the trip really was amazing.  Once I got over my hissy-fit in the bathroom, I told myself that since my food options were limited, I could have all the steak, Malbec, and ice cream I wanted for the rest of the trip.  At one point, I even had a two-steak dinner.  Yes, that's right.  Two steaks, one dinner.  Nom nom nom nom nom ...  But, since I was pretty much only eating steak, salad, and wine I ended up losing 5 pounds.  I left a pant-size in Argentina.  Usually when I go on vacation I gain weight, not lose it.  I guess every cloud really does have a silver lining.

2.  All the colors and plant life in Patagonia.  There were these beautiful bright yellow bushes growing all along the roadside and all throughout the countryside.  They made for the most gorgeous views.  And there were so many flowers in shapes and colors I hadn't seen before.  Most of this was seen through the bus window, so I couldn't really get photos but I found a few splashes of color around Lago Moreno that I could capture and bring home.  Those photos make me happy just looking at them.

3.  Of course the most awesomest part of the trip was spending twelve whole days with my love, minus the distractions of daily life.  We both really made an effort to stay away from work and take time to just enjoy being with each other while exploring an unfamiliar environment.  We walked anywhere from three to six miles almost everyday, just checking out different neighborhoods in Buenos Aires or getting lost in the towns and countryside around Bariloche, and it was ... well ... awesome.

PS - I couldn't leave you without a few photos of Bariloche, too :)

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I've never seen a manger scene with Baby Jesus just chillin' in the afternoon sun. Definitely fits in with the relaxed, casual vibe of Argentina.
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A beer garden with a hammock? Yes, please!
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xo

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11 Comments:

  1. Your photos are stunning! And honestly, I would have punched the guy if he pushed me.

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  2. This looked like such an awesome trip, though your food frustrations would definitely have pushed me over a limit, too. Still, I'm so glad your honeymoon was amazing! Argentina looks just fantastic.

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  3. okay your photos are pure beauty + talent. loved this! you are a strong person to put up with those food troubles! glad there was a silver lining though :)
    xo


    welltraveledwife.com

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  4. I feel you on the dietary restrictions. The whole no dairy/red meat thing can make traveling and holidays a real bummer. I'd love to go to Argentina but I'm worried I'd end up like you, eating salads and drowning my sorrows in reds ;) I'm loving living the dream vicariously though!

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  5. Talk about beautiful... my oh my! I love the quirkiness of this (or these) town(s) you visited, so cute and different.


    Also, both of your cars got hit?! What are the odds! I'm sure that lady who hit them both felt quite foolish after the ordeal was over.

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  6. I couldn't believe the nerve of that guy! If there hadn't been a couple of little old ladies in between us, he would've gone down hard. He was about 6 inches taller than them and literally reached over them to push me back (and totally freaked them out)!

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  7. The food frustration felt huge in the moment but in the overall big picture of the trip, it was more like a "manageable annoyance." On the plus side, I ate some pretty amazing steaks and ice cream!

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  8. Oh man, no dairy or red meat would be really tough in Argentina! I found the grocery stores to be my best friend when it came to food since a lot of the restaurants were pretty much off limits. Glad you can still enjoy the country a little bit through my photos! :) Hope you have a lovely weekend! xo

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  9. They were such quirky, awesome towns. We fell in love with Bariloche and the area around it - we were even talking about going back in the future and spending a month just hanging out in that area!

    Yeah, the car thing sucked. The Husband's totally destroyed bumper was the first thing we saw after the trip, before we even got into the apartment! And both cars have been in the shop for two weeks now. She really rammed them good - I can't even imagine what this will do to her insurance rates.

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  10. that guy in line sounds insane. i can't imagine getting that worked up over...a line. glad you found your groove with the steak, malbec and ice cream - that sounds delicious to me too!

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