We are at the same latitude south of the equator as Houston, TX is north. In other words, we are on the opposite side of the equator from where we started. Because we are in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite, so as our friends and family in the northern hemisphere transition into winter, we just had the summer solstice.
The days are long and blazing hot. Sunrise is at 6:30am, sunset at 8:40pm. The upside is there’s lots of time for midday napping in the shade. In the empty stretches of desert we dream of ice cold drinks, freeze pops and ice-cream. However, in Argentina, if we have the unfortunate timing to arrive in a town on a Sunday or any other day between the hours of 1-5pm we’ve learned everything will be closed. Everything. Stores open again from 5-8pm. This can be difficult when there is only one town we’ll encounter all day and we arrive when the stores are closed. Today we rolled into the town of Jachal and the only store that was open was the ice-cream store. So we ate a liter of cookies ‘n cream ice-cream.
A couple of miles outside of town we met a lovely woman and her family. She has a small shop and we bought cold drinks and some salami. We were resting at a picnic table in the shade when she came out to give us a plate of delicious empanadas and a pan dulce (similar to fruitcake). Her daughter hung out with us, chatting about how she wants to learn English, go to Disney World and meet a princess. We also found out Lee had stopped here 10 days ago – we are hot on his trail!