Feliz Navidad from Chilecito, Argentina!
We had planned on taking another day off for the Christmas holiday, but one day in Chilecito is enough. The town is just ok. Our room is stuffy, the fan is broken and they won’t/can’t fix/replace it, and our room is infested with mosquitoes (which management is equally indifferent about). But it’s a beautiful day so we decide to leave and take our Christmas holiday on the road.
As we ride, we make an attempt to translate traditional holiday carols to Spanish. We’re unsure about a number of words in the familiar Jingle Bells tune so it gets creatively reworded to:
Honk your horn; Honk your horn; Honk it all the way; Oh what fun it is to ride my bicycle on Christmas day!
Mother Nature gave the gift of another day of tailwinds, pushing us up and over the very scenic Cuesta de Miranda.
Given it is Christmas day, we are surprised by the amount of traffic. We assumed people would be at home with their families. Then we realized that everyone is on their way to the river for a swim and an asado (barbecue). The day heats up so we stopped two times to cool off in the water with everyone else.
I smile contentedly as the miles tick by. We were going to stay in town for the holiday so we wouldn’t be alone, but it turns out we are very much not alone on the road today. Though seeing these families celebrating together does make us miss our own families too. This is the second Christmas we’ll spend away from home. We are glad to catch up with Anne and Jo at the end of the day and camp together at the municipal pool and campground in Villa Union. It is a rumpus fiesta of families when we arrive but dwindles down to just the four of us by night.
We reflect on where we were a year ago today. Mexico seems so far away, it’s hard to believe it’s been a year already. Recalling how sick we were, we’re very thankful to be in better health this Christmas!
Photos from Chilecito:
Our attempt at a Christmas photo selfie to send to our friends and family…
Christmas Eve dinner Argentina-style = lots of meat and wine. While attempting to start the coals, Scott almost burned down the hotel. He sprinkled a little gasoline on the coals, but then the fumes ignited and the entire gas canister burst into flames. Whoops!