- On 08/28/2017
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On my way from Mendoza Capital (Argentina) to Uspallata at Ruta 7 I met a woman in the bus heading towards Las Cuevas. She told me she was working in the kitchen at the last restaurant at the border to Chile. A week later I visited her at restaurant San Christóbal, a kind familierestaurant were we had soup, polenta, churo’s, alfajores coffee and wine.
Mirta is working there from 9AM untill 9 PM for 20 days in a row. Then she go’s back home to Mendoza Capital to spent time with her husband and sons. All her 3 sons cook profesionaly too.
Mirta used to be a truckdriver and drove together with her husband through Argentina. They enjoyed this free lifestyle untill her husband was diagnosed with glaucoom and slowly turned blind. Now she works in a restaurant where truckdrivers enjoy her milanesas and guisos. She says it’s a hard life but at least she has a job in a kind place.
Meanwhile a snowstorm was heading to the village of Las Cuevas and isolating the last stop from the border. We took advantage of this moment and walked halfway through the tunnel untill the border of Chile.