Three days stuck in the same Argentinian town. But which town? See if Laura’s diary entry will help you work it out:
In the style of those ‘Guess the location’ features that appear in several papers, see if you can guess our location from the clues:
- Only a couple of places have landlines (and mobile reception is non-existent), and connection to the outside world using them is crackly and frequently down. Radios are a safer bet.
- The name bears no relation to the environment in which it is located – it is in the middle of a desert where vegetation is prickly and parched.
- The high winds further deter growth of vegetation and means houses are built single story on in a pyramid shape. People proudly water the patch of dirt which stands in for a garden.
- A river flows through the ‘town’ – however incongruous in the dusty surroundings – and it’s milky appearance suggests glacial origins.
- It is at an intersection of major bus routes, and it situated on an arterial road which runs the length of the country.
- In the words of Del Amitri: “Nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all”. Although there is a very well-staffed police station. You would never choose to come here.
- Supermarket shelves are virtually bare – some vegetables, eggs two months out of date and a few lonely packets of pasta and tins of corned beef.
If you guess it, you get my sweat-soaked shirt.