Loud birds’ squeaks wake us up. They were circling over our heads already when we went to sleep, but it seemed quieter then. They’re going absolutely bonkers from the early morning. At night the power went down as well and now it’s quite cold since the heater is dead. We’re staying under blankets waiting for first warm sunrays. We can hear the home-dwellers behind the door. They woke up very early in order to prepare for work with cows. Vet is supposed to come at 9 am and the gaucho needs to gather the cows in the pen. We are supposed to meet them. We draw straws and it’s me who’s going to join them.

Grandparents’ house is almost 100 years old – it was built in 1927. There are pictures, certificates and other family memorabilia on the walls. Cholila is located six kilometres from here. It’s a tiny city in Chubut province – the one we’re in right now.

Morning with cows

Vets who were supposed to artificially inseminate the cows came in the morning. That’s how they breed the cows here.

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It’s the centre of local society. There’s one petrol station here, four shops, one cafe, one restaurant, about five bakeries and that’s pretty much all. Life goes on mainly on the petrol station since it’s opened from dawn till dusk. There’s also a free WiFi here. When we arrive after 4 pm we’re surprised to see plenty of kids with laptops. They’re all waiting for Facebook to load since the connection is worse than bad. You can’t even run a speed test. :)

It’s siesta time and as usual, we’re getting hungry around 2-3 pm. We’re driving around the city for a while, but there’s nothing open apart from one grocery store. We get back home hoping that grandma whose house we’re staying at will find a solution. We tell her what’s it all about and she says that everything is closed until 7 pm but she can call a place she knows and they will prepare anything we want to eat. We never ordered so many empanadas ever. 20 minutes later we pick up 16 of them. Sometimes it’s worth asking the locals :)

Tomorrow, we’re getting back on the road. It’s the first time we’re not looking forward to leaving since it’s really nice and homespun here.

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