Saturday, 25 August 2007

Hasta Luego Salta

Our time in Salta is drawing to a close, so here's a few pictures of what life has been like living here.

Our apartment (we've got the top floor):

Sunset from our balcony, with the Andes in the background:

The grill running under full load:

People are very proud of their culture and traditions here. No excuse needed to dress up and throw a parade:

Gaucho culture is pretty strong as well:

Getting your pink slip seems a bit easier here:

And we've made lots of friends!

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Mum and Dad's Visit

After meeting Mum and Dad in BA we came back up to Salta. We had lots of fun around town eating and drinking far too much. We went on a road trip up to Cachi and then down to Molinos via exciting dirt roads.

We followed signs to a remote valley to the Colome winery, a biodynamic winery that encompasses a whole valley with gardens to supply the needs of the workers and restaurant. It's all very grand, and since we arrived and waited around for a while to find someone, the PR manager actually took us on a big tour of the whole operation.

From here we continued down through the spectacularly eroded Calchaqui river canyon (Quebrada del Calchaquies) to Cafayate.

The next day we went to Quilmes ruins. These ruins date from around 1000AD and were a complex settlement set into the hillside near a river. The Quilmes people survived contact with the Incas from 1480 onwards but lost their siege against the Spanish conquistadors who deported the last 2000 inhabitants to Buenos Aires in 1667 as they refused to work for the conquistador's farms.

It has thick defensive walls and you can still see the outlines of the interconnected courtyards and buildings from up on the ridge. It's an interesting place and we got to see a ceremony to Pachamama that was going on in the grounds for the first day of the warm season.

More wine and then we headed back up to Salta via the Quebrada del Cafayate.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Where I work

As we get closer to leaving Salta, I'm getting sentimental about our time here. I also realized I never got any pictures up of where I work.

This is the view of the mountains from the Hospital Militar

This is a pretty typical room in the hospital. No moving the bed up and down and half of the backs get propped up with an extra piece of frame from another bed. Patient privacy is a little different here....

Thing that makes this place cool is the people. From the left, Diego (resident doctor), Me, Pablo (resident), Silvana the key nurse, Daniel the wardsman and down the bottom, Bernado (resident).

Ariel was taking the photo, he's the 4th resident shown here with Silvana, the head nurse who makes everything happen.

I'm going to really miss them all. They put up with my Borat like Spanish and looked after me like family when Tom was away. I've been lucky to find such great friends.