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A poetic trip up Route 40

Years spent working outdoors in the glare of the Patagonian summer sun and braving icy winter gales have given the elderly man’s wrinkled skin a deep burnished caramel tan. Doffing his black grandpa cap in my direction, he eases himself … Continue reading

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Jou know, guen jou’ve been Tango-ed

“In Tango jou don’ move, jou gliiiide,” our slick-haired teacher Pablo silkily informs us as his long limbs swirl seductively across the polished stone floor. I take a deep breath and clutch the top of Phil’s arm as the haunting … Continue reading

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Learning to lasso with the gauchos of Uruguay

Eyes transfixed on Sophie’s mesmerized gaze, a frightened animal is breathing fast. A dark-featured cowboy clad in dirty black boots and a beige felt hat is battling to prise apart the struggling five-day-old calf’s hind legs. Finally the grappling stops and … Continue reading

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