Location: Rio Gallegos
Elevation: 767 feet ASL (Above Sea Level)
Latitude: 41 degrees north
Longitude: 85 degrees west
Sorry… No pictures (my Sony Digital camera broke, and I am hobo poor) A city located in the south of Argentina. Rio means river in Spanish, and the city is located on a river. Go figure. This is a very large river that is half salt and half fresh water. The tide rises and falls in front of the city with the convergence of the river and the ocean. (South Atlantic)
There are large boats that enter the river to collect both oil and coal to transport to market.
I visited the point of land called. Punta Loyola where they loaded the boats with both oil and coal. We were very lucky the man that worked there gave us a tour. Explaining in great detail how this process happens. They have those very large tanks that hold 15,000 cubic meters of oil. He said it takes about 3 of them to fill a ship. The ship can only be loaded during high tide.
I enjoyed this a lot. I like about where people work in different parts of the world I find it best for me to keep my mind open to everything. Tourism can be about anything. They now have lots of Eco-tourism, (Ecology) and Agro-tourism (Agriculture). Busi-tourism? Tours of a business are fun and interesting.
I am also getting a tour, or lesson in cooking food. ? Cooking-tourism?
This is good fun. Finding someone to teach you to cook the local typical foods is a great way to spend the day. Trying to discover what the typical food is, may be more difficult. I find people do not want to talk about what they consider common, or normal. They believe that I need to learn about the special food. Therefore they ignore their normal foods, or typical.
But… These foods are unique to me.
Typical foods here:
EMPANADAS: A sort of soft taco, made of softer dough, and either baked or deep-fried. They usually put some form of meat, maybe eggs, and sauces. What they put in varies a lot, from tuna to chicken. Sort of like a family recipe of meatloaf where everyone makes it different.
LOCRO: A stew-like soup, that reminds me of my mother’s ham and beans, but I am not sure them things are beans. After the lesson, I may be more clear. Not a goulash, but more of a soup. The one I ate the other day had ham.
ASADO Baked… Asado means baked. When the say Asado they man baked beef. When they say Carne that means beef. Carne is meat in English, but when you ask for carne you get beef. If you want chicken you have to say POLLO.
They take various type of beef and bake it. I got to go. I am hungry now. Empanada binge yo me voy.
Life is good.