Mina Clavero: Visiting the Aguilera side
Mina Clavero Travel Blog› entry 45 of 49 › view all entries
February 17th, 2008 – by: bvanb
I arrived at the station and did not see my great uncle, Juan Carlos, nor his wife Beba holding sign with my name on it. I began to wonder how I would know it was them when they arrived. I sat down at the edge of the parking lot and sent my uncle a text message letting him about the bright green skirt I was wearing so that he could easily identify me.
Juan Carlos and Beba live in my great grandmotherâ€™s home, which they have updated and added onto to make a little humble inn, with rooms, each with a private bathroom and one with a kitchen. This is very typical of the area, as most property owners have done the same thing to their properties or have made areas for camping as supplementary income.
The region is made up a of series of little towns all of which do the best to come up with ways to earn some extra dough during the holiday season. Las Rosas is along the main road to Villa Dolores and everyone there seems to have specialized in homemade food goods and small restaurants. One man made a museum called the Roscen, and has loaded it with all kinds of goodies from stuff animal specimens, insects and geological artifacts, to religious icons, old fashions, electronics, and industrial equipment. We took a trip there with their granddaughter and then went to a small river to enjoy the late afternoon sun, share some mate, and eat facturas, or pasties.
[Tangent on facturas: The facturas are seriously habbit forming. Panaderias are everywhere and it is just too easy to go in and buy a couple or have dozen of sweet croissants, twists, and buns, covered or filled with glaze, sugar crystals, sweet cream, fruit (typically membrillo, a pear looking fruit that is only consumed when cooked and turned into a jam), glazed nuts, and/or chocolate and share them with a friend over some tea. I believe that aside from over eating with the family, facturas are one of the main reason why I gained that weight I did (note weight gain in foto) and have since cut my consumption, which is a struggle with the panaderia right next door.]
The population nearly doubles with people from the major cities, which consequently lie dormant. It becomes party central with clubs, people hanging out by the river in the daytime or at swimming holes with rocks to jump off of.
I stayed with them a few days and took a trip to Villa Dolores for one night because my Aunt who lives in Catamarca just happened to be there opening a business with a partner. On the way there we stopped by the reservoir and dam, drank some tea, and took in the sites. I stayed in Villa Dolores just one night anxious to get back to Mina Clavero and then to Cordoba, and then only a day or so left until my return to Buenos Aires.
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