El Bolson was like an ongoing Renaissance fair back in the states, just without the period costumes. I had been told El Bolson was a hippy town, and it definitely delivered. I arrived on a Saturday, which corresponded with a type of farmers market. The center of town was filled with vendors selling fresh fruit, artisan beers, and hand crafted goods. There was some pretty cool items. I even found earrings with my name on them! Growing up with constant exposure to Renaissance fairs and Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, El Bolson felt like a break from travel. I didn't feel out of my comfort zone. Although, after 2 months of travel, almost anything can seem ordinary.
One of my favorite parts was hiking to the view point above the town. From there I had a beautiful view of the town and all of its organic agriculture. Sitting on the ledge overlooking the scurrying below, I did as I had in Ushuaia, and enjoyed a nice crisp apple. Although, this time I wasn't being snowed on. El Bolson is much farther north then my travels in Patagonia, and my body hadn't quite adjusted to the heat. In a place like El Bolson there is nothing wrong with taking off some clothes while alone in the wilderness.
The town had great night life filled with local breweries. Travel in Argentina has given me great access to good cheap wine, but the beer has been dismal. If you are a beer person then a stop in El Bolson or Bariloche is must to replenish your thirst. This is one of the few places in Argentina with good craft breweries. Besides the beer, they had amazing ice cream. Half my meals here consisted of ice cream. One of my favorite ice cream stores near the center of town, was a local hot spot always filled with musicians and dancing.
El Bolson also has great opportunities for trekking, camping, and day hiking adventures. Due to the short time span of my trip, I didn't get to expand on many of these opportunities, but I did visit the local lake late in the afternoon. The rocky shore didn't stop the locals from sunbathing on their beach towels or lawn chairs. The views, as usual, were breath taking. I walked around the shore, taking advantage of my waterproof boots, and observing all the people.
Steak with Scrambled Eggs
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
This concoction was the result of a protein craving. Due to a hungry tummy, this was a hurried experiment, and I just threw together all the ingredients I had. I have no idea how much of each item I started with.
- your choice of steak
Loosely cut up the onion, and then sauté until clear, but firm. Cut the steak into small cubes, and add to the onions. Cook until browned on all sides, but still juicy in the middle, or however you like your steak. I had lots of onions so I sautéed some more for the scrambled eggs. I added the eggs to the extra onions, once they were caramelized. I diced the tomatoes and avocados and heated them on the skillet separate from the eggs and meat, and then added them to the scrambled eggs. I ate this mess all together in a hurried frenzy.