I honestly appreciate your efforts at cleaning up your country by placing trash cans every 10K in certain areas. I think they would be more effective, however, if you spaced them out throughout the country rather than placing all of them within a very small portion of your vast country.
But a more dire need, I must say, is the need for outhouses along the road. I am really, really tired of finding piles of poo in each and every place we might possibly find a bit of shade.
Nancy the cyclist
I’ve been resisting this post. It’s been building for quite a while and today finally sent me over the edge – I am officially disgusted with Argentina. This country is a toilet.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you will know that we’ve spent hours in drainage tunnels beneath the roads. In the barren desert environment, the tunnels are the only places to escape the sun or wind. They were lovely, relaxing places – until January.
Immediately after New Years, tourist season began in earnest. Thousands of cars jam packed with entire families ply the Argentine roads exploring every nook and cranny of the country. I’m thrilled that Argentines head out to see their country – but am disgusted by what they leave behind.
Don’t get me wrong – I totally understand the need to use the toilet and I understand distances are long between towns. Very long. I don’t blame those hordes of tourists for stopping by the drainage ditches in order to hide from oncoming traffic. But dang! That doesn’t mean I have to like it.
The problem is that – after nearly two months of heavy tourist traffic – there are piles of poo in every possible hiding place where we might find a bit of shade. And it’s stuck there until a good rain comes and washes it all away.
The solution seems so easy – place outhouses every 50 or 75 kilometers during the summer season. Or maybe replace every sixth trashcan with an outhouse. It just doesn’t seem like it would be all that hard to do…
(I’ll spare you the pics – I thought about taking some, but figured you could probably imagine my dilemma without the visual aids.)
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