Getting ready to sell Lance while stuck in Cordoba

It was time to give Lance a loving hand

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We sanded everything down, painted the wood and all the lids for the storage space including the table was given clear coating

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Lance was ready, and he was put up for sale wlEmoticon-money Getting ready to sell Lance while stuck in Cordoba. Click on the picture to watch it in full size

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So why did all this happen now? First of all we were getting to the point, that if we wanted to go home for Christmas in Denmark, it was about time to sell the van. We really want to go home for Christmas. We are now in the beginning of November 2018, and we have been on the road for the last 22 months (we left Denmark the 11th of January 2017). Since Cafayate we had been trying to reserve a place on Airbnb, where we could work on Lance, but nothing worked out. I had been treating my right eye for a week with some eyedrops, but suddenly it got worse and my sight got blurry. My travel insurance referred my to a hospital in Cordoba, where my eye got exanimated by a oculist (eye doctor). It turned out, that I had a virus infection in the eye, and that I had been given the wrong treatment. The new treatment and the progressed virus infection need regular checkups. So we had to stay in Cordoba for a couple of days.

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The best options for accommodation was the local municipal campground. The next morning we just got up, had breakfast and took everything out of the van. It is amazing how much stuff we had in the van. So glad that we don’t have to bring everything with us home, but that most of the things are being sold with the van. We worked hard for 2 days (12 hours per day), until we had finished all the paint work, and the day after we could put everything back in the van.

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On our second day of working I had to go back to the hospital for a follow-up examination. The medicine was working, but I would still have to go to check-ups for the week. We had already made contract with a couch-surfer in Mendoza, so the oculist made a recommendation for a clinic in Mendoza, where I could go to the next check-ups. Now, I just had to get my travel insurance to approve the plan, which turned out not to be a problem, they even called a head and made an appointment the following Monday. While I was in downtown Cordoba, I squeezed in a visit at the University of Cordoba. The University is impressive, and you can go on a tour in English for 20 pesos (0.5 USD or 3.5 DDK) at 10 am or 5 pm everyday except on Wednesdays.

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The National University of Córdoba was founded in 1613 by the Jesuits, and is the oldest university in Argentina. It is also the fourth oldest in South America and the sixth oldest in Latin America. In 1610 the Collegium Maximun was established, and in 1613 the university was founded. It had two schools: Philosophy and Theology. In 1664 the archive, which became the library, was founded. All the books and documents were collected by the Jesuits throughout the 17th and the 18th century. In 1757 the Library was catalogued. In 1764 a printing press was set up in the basement, so the university could print their own books. In 1767 the library had 6,000 volumes when the Kingdom ordered the Jesuits to leave. In 1810 1,200 books where moved from the library to Buenos Aires, which was the foundation of the public Library in Buenos Aires. Over the years a lot of books had been removed from the library, but in 1999 the president of Argentina launched a new law, that every book in Argentina, that formerly had belonged to the library had to be returned. In 2000 the Historical Museum of the University was created, and it was declared a world heritage by UNESCO. In 2014 500 books were digitalized.

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Today the collection has 2,500 volumes – this is the bible, and the biggest one that I have ever seen

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Museo de la Memoria

The space itself is stark and unembellished, and the walls are covered with enlarged photographs of people who are still ‘missing’ after 30 years. About 30,000 people disappeared, many of whom were impossible to formally report due to the nature of state terrorism.

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A chilling testament to the excesses of Argentina’s military dictatorship between the years 1976-1983. This museum occupies a space formerly used as a clandestine center for detention and torture. It was operated by the dreaded Department of Intelligence (D2), a special division dedicated to the kidnapping and torture of suspected political agitators and the ‘reassignment’ of their children to less politically suspect families.

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Bringing back Argentinian empanadas for dinner… they are just the best

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After two days of work, we put everything back into Lance. It was time to leave Cordoba

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We are on our way to Mendoza, where more wine and food experiences are waiting for us. There was not a lot of good places to stay overnight on www.ioverlander.com, but Esben located this picnic area on Google Maps, only 200 meters away from the highway. Only a little bit of traffic noise, and the picnic area even had a “pit-toilet”, sometimes you just have to appreciate the privacy of three walls and a hole in the ground. See you in Mendoza in the next post.

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