A split lip and no pizza in Argentina
I blame “hangry…”
In Puerto Iguazu, Argentina a set of strict traffic and pedestrian rules are imposed. To which, upon preliminary observations, ridiculousness presides. That combined with the apparent inflated status of those who don a luminous tabard, fuelled defiance, frantic arm gestures and an unusual disregard for “instructions” from my Kez. And what provoked this unusual display of annoyance? In short, she was “hangry.” A lethal combination of being angry and hungry in unequal measures! She was suffering from an overwhelming desire for a pizza. We’d had a wonderful day at Iguassu Falls and had far exceeded our 10,000 step goal.
“Giuseppe’s Pizzas, illuminated in the colours of the Italian flag, was “just there.” Delicious smells wafted towards the bus station, tantalising and tempting! The restaurant was situated in a spot completely absent from buses, taxis or any other automobiles. Problem was, it was in the wrong direction of the appropriately signposted “path.” Surveying the lengthy “correct” route, Kerry made a snap decision. Not being big on rules myself, I was amused by this sudden rebellious streak!
She blames men in tabards…
I hurried after her, straight across the clearly marked “banned zone.” An immediate chorus of high pitched whistles filled the air. This was raucously accompanied by shouts of disbelief and passers-by shaking their heads.
We were halfway to the pizza place now, as Kez attempted to point out, her hand gestures matching our pursuers in intensity and vigour. Unfortunately, we failed to notice the slight lip in the road. It was Kez’s lip that paid for it, as she tripped and landed flat on her face.
A stunned silence hung in the air. A wheelchair appeared and she was taken to a tiny room, in the back of a pharmacy. After being treated for shock, her wounds cleaned and painkillers swallowed we hobbled back to our room. We crept pizza and beerless on the clearly demarcated pedestrian path. Her pride severely dented and ‘hangriness’ banished due to the shock. I had a feeling this tale would be used to remind me of the consequences of rule breaking!
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We used the Lonely Planet Argentina (Travel Guide) to help plan our trip.