We were so close to getting home. Thanks to the Embassy here, and the Canadian government, a repatriation flight was scheduled with Air Canada for April 5.
We were excited. But over the week our situation changed and unfortunately we were unable to take that flight.
It was very disappointing for sure. We do want to get home.
On a bright note though, we are fine and living in a beautiful location. Our hosts Matias and Yamile are incredibly good to us.
One night they served us a traditional Argentinian dish called Pollo al Disco. Cooked over a wood fire, it is a stew of chicken and vegetables with chunks of potato. The name describes the pan, which uses a field disc as the lid. Originally cooked outdoors by farmers while working the land, with added cream and spices it was really delicious.
Since there are 3 rooms at Hostel Nagual, most days we meet new travellers, who want to be close to the airport to catch a flight home. We enjoyed chatting with a friendly Swiss couple, Astrid and Christoph, whose road stories were similar to ours. Days of driving to get to BA, sleeping at gas stations and being moved by police in the middle of the night. Even so, we all agree that we want to return to Argentina so that these are not our final memories of this beautiful country.
Another night we met a Swedish anaesthetist named Monica who is going home to Sweden to work at the hospital. To get to BA, she and her boyfriend rented a car for $1000 after Argentinian national flights and buses were closed. And we met a young French couple who had arranged 6 months off from their jobs, to travel in South America. But this pandemic cut short their travels after 3 weeks.
The stories are endless.
Below are some photos of our hostel and the surrounding community of Tristán Suárez. This woodsy area is full of acreage size grassy lots, with stately brick homes set back from the road. Iron entrance gates. Matias tells us that most are weekend homes for wealthy Porteńos, the name for people living in Buenos Aires.
Out for a walk one day, I saw more horses than people.