El Calafate Local Customs

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    Meat

    by kyoub Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Argentinians love their meat and presume everyone one else does also.
    The big thing with restaurants is to have a pit display in the front window with one to three
    dead animals rotating around it cooking.
    We watched them in one restaurant where we ate go up and put more wood on the fire
    so they are real.
    I would say that they are sheep since they are to small to be beef.

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    Throwing the garbage away with style

    by andal13 Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Elegant trash can

    Along the main street (Avenida Libertador) I found some of these strange artefacts, made of trunks, as you can see in the picture; I was wondering what was this, when I found out it was a trash can!

    A lo largo de la calle principal (Avenida Libertador) encontré varios de estos artefactos extraños, hechos de troncos, como pueden ver en la foto; me estaba preguntando qué era eso, cuando me di cuenta que era un tarro de basura!

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    Billboards

    by andal13 Written Feb 7, 2004

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    A great billboard

    Each and every shop and restaurant along the main street have a very special decoration: billboards, frontages, even the sidewalks, compete to be the most original and attractive place.
    The picture shows a billboard from a restaurant called "La chancha y los 20" (that means "The sow and the 20".

    Todos y cada uno de los comercios y restaurantes de la calle principal tienen una decoración esmerada: carteles, fachadas, incluso las aceras, compiten en originalidad y atractivo.
    La foto muestra un letrero de un restaurante llamado "La chancha y los 20".

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    Another adornment

    by andal13 Written Feb 7, 2004

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    The Tied Cow

    Probably the most original frontage is this one you can see in the picture: I do not know if it is a good restaurant, but undoubtedly "La vaca atada" (The Tied Cow) attracts a lot of customers.

    Probablemente la fachada más original es esta que pueden ver en la foto: no sé si es un buen restaurante, pero sin dudas, "La vaca atada" atrae a muchos clientes.

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    How to come back

    by andal13 Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Berberis buxifolia (calafate)

    If you want to come back to El Calafate (which it is very probable!) you must eat "calafate" (the fruit); you can eat it directly, or calafate icecreams, jams or liquor.
    Of course, I drank a cup of calafate liquor!

    Si quieren volver a El Calafate (lo que es muy probable), deberán comer calafate (el fruto); pueden comerlo directamente, o en helados, mermeladas o licor.
    Por supuesto, yo bebí una copa de licor de calafate!

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    Elfs and dwarves... Des elfes et des nains...

    by Maillekeul Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    True or fake ones ? Vrais ou pas ?

    In El Calafate, a lot of people believe that the surroundings are inhabited by elfs and magic dwarves... Not that sure, but it's a good business... However, we've been told by a local friend, that once, he was lost in a forrest, and that, after having wandered around during 3 days without eating and almost drinking, these little magic people saved his life... I think that, before loosing himself, he has probably drunk or smoked too much... What do you think ?

    A El Calafate, les gens croient dur comme fer a l'existence d'elfes et de nains magiques dans les environs. C'est pas sur, mais la croyance rapporte. Toutefois, un argentin nous a raconte qu'une fois, il etait perdu dans une foret et qu'apres 3 jours d'errance, ces petits animaux magiques l'auraient aide a retrouver son chemin. Moi, je pense qu'il a trop bu ou trop fume avant de partir en balade. Et vous ?

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    El Gaucho Argentino

    by elpariente Written Apr 18, 2007

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    Todavía quedan "Gauchos" en Argentina , como los que tuvimos la suerte de ver cuando estaban desplazando más de tres mil ovejas en una estancia , montados a caballo y acompañados sus perros y de de niños que hacían ruido con botellas de plástico llenas de piedras para ayudarles a mover las ovejas
    There are yet "Gauchos" in Argentina , like those that we saw when they were moving more than 3.000 sheeps in a farm (estancia ) , riding their horse and with the company of heir dogs and children that made noise with plastic bottles , full of stones , to help them to move the sheeps

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    Leche de Glaciar - Glacial Milk

    by elpariente Written Apr 17, 2007

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    El color verdoso conocido como "leche de glaciar", proviene de las partículas minerales suspendidas en el agua ., cuyo origen se debe a la erosión producida por el glaciar en sus lechos rocosos
    The greenish colour of the water is known as "glacier milk". It comes from the mineral particles that float on the water. these are the particles that the glacier has carried along when eroding the layer beneath them

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    Oveja - Patagónica - Sheep

    by elpariente Written Apr 18, 2007

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    La tierra patagónica se pobló y desarrolló a través de la oveja , que se adaptaba a sus tipos de pastos y a su clima .
    La carne , la lana y la leche de las ovejas sigue siendo hoy en día una de las principales fuentes de riqueza de la Patagonia
    The Patagonian land it was populated and developed thanks to the sheep , that it adapted to the type of grasses and to the climate
    The sheeps meat , the wool and the milk are nowadays one of the main richness sources of Patagonia

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    Morenas / Moraines

    by elpariente Written Apr 17, 2007

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    Son los segmentos rocosos que arrastra el glaciar en su recorrido . Su aspecto es de una línea oscura en el hielo .
    They are the broken rocks and soil debris that the glacier carries along when advancing

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    If you want to come back...

    by galy Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Calafte is a small shrub with delicious berry common to the area. The legend says that eating calafate or its products brings you back to Patagonia. You can have it as calafate jam, icecream,liquor or choclate feeling.

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    Esquilar / To Shear

    by elpariente Written Apr 18, 2007

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    Primavera es la época en que se esquilan las ovejas , se les quita la gruesa lana con la que han pasado el invierno y así se preparan para pasar el calor del verano
    En la visita a la estancia nos hicieron una demostración de como se esquilaban las ovejas a mano . (Hoy en día lo hacen con máquinas eléctricas )
    Con unas tijeras cojen a una oveja y a toda velocidad la quitan toda la lana de una sóla pieza
    Spring is the time when the sheeps are sheared , they cut the thick wool that helped them to pass the winter and so they are prepared to pass the Summer hot weather
    In the "estancia" (farm) visit they did us a demonstration of how they did the manual shear .(Nowadays they make it with electric machines)
    With a pair of scissors they grab the sheep and very quickly they cut all the wool in a single piece

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    Tempanos - Icebergs

    by elpariente Written Apr 17, 2007

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    Tempano : Masa de hielo desprendida del glaciar por efecto de la ablación y el movimiento del agua . los témpanos se dispersan a lo largo del Lago por la acción del viento y de la corriente .
    sus características más atractivas son la variedad , forma , color y tamaño que poseen , así como la proporción que guardan de un 15% sobre el nivel del agua y 85% por debajo de la misma .El color azul azulado del hielo se debe al grado de compactación del hielo y al efecto retroactivo de la luz
    Iceberg : A mass of ice that has broken off from the end of a glacier as a consequence of ablation and water movement . The icebergs are spread all over the lake by the action of wind and water currents . Their most attractive characteristics are the variety , shape , colour and size . But mainly the fact that they show only the 155 of their actual size above the level of water , hiding the other 85% under it .The bluish colour of the ice is given by the degree of compression of the ice and the refractive effect of light

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    Glaciar - Glacier

    by elpariente Written Apr 17, 2007

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    Un glaciar es un río de hielo. Se forma por la acumulación de nieve en las cuencas superiores (ventisqueros); la nieve se transforma en gránulos que eliminan los vacíos de aire, congelando el agua, uniendo los cristales y comprimiendo la nieve nueva hasta formar una masa opaca (neviza). La neviza se compacta aún más constituyendo el hielo esponjoso que da origen al glaciar, de masa cristalina y azulada
    A glacier is a river of ice. It's formed by the accumulation of snow on the superior basins (ventisqueros); snow turns into pellets eliminating air voids and freezing the water. Then crystals join and the new snow is compressed until an opaque mass (light snow) is formed. The light snow is compressed even more till it becomes soft ice which gives origin to the glacier ice, a crystal type and of bluish mass.

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    Esquilar / To Shear

    by elpariente Written Apr 18, 2007

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    Primavera es la época en que se esquilan las ovejas , se les quita la gruesa lana con la que han pasado el invierno y así se preparan para pasar el calor del verano
    En la visita a la estancia nos hicieron una demostración de como se esquilaban las ovejas a mano . (Hoy en día lo hacen con máquinas eléctricas )
    Con unas tijeras cojen a una oveja y a toda velocidad la quitan toda la lana de una sóla pieza
    Spring is the time when the sheeps are sheared , they cut the thick wool that helped them to pass the winter and so they are prepared to pass the Summer hot weather
    In the "estancia" (farm) visit they did us a demonstration of how they did the manual shear .(Nowadays they make it with electric machines)
    With a pair of scissors they grab the sheep and very quickly they cut all the wool in a single piece

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