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When Patagonia calls, without hesitation you must go to Patagonia….

"Come, don't doubt it, don't think any more; Buenos Aires can't take any more", Patagonia is there.
As we are
| 10 April, 2020 |

Thirty years ago, a sound began to ring in my ears: someone called me and said, “Come, don’t doubt it, don’t think any more; Buenos Aires can’t take any more. The people, the streets, the unbearable traffic, the humidity, the heat, the cold and the drizzle that eats away the soul. Two works distant from each other, buses, subways and trains, many days with an idea hanging over my head.

I wanted to leave, change my life. And I didn’t hesitate. I came to Neuquén. But that doesn’t stop me from having a porteño side. Yeah, at least I stopped being a number.

Today living the downward curve of life, I thank the annoying sound in my head for making the decision. I see the majestic mountain range from my bedroom window, enjoy the majestic Limay River and the snow and nature of the snowy days in San Martin de los Andes, the dark volcanoes and the silence of the northern mountains. The silence at night is indescribable. Here I learned to be more Argentine than ever before, because I got to know the idiosyncrasy of the peasant, the humility of the farmer, the effort and tenacity of the oilman, and why not, also to know who my neighbor is. I learned their history, their struggle to be independent. I worked and retired. Now I enjoy and teach the porteño what it is like to live in Patagonia. It’s not what’s called inhospitable or wild. It is the land that is far from General Paz, but close to the starry nights.

I’m not an ID card anymore. I have a name recognized by the people and I proudly carry a part of my blood happy to be a Neuquino by adoption.

(Fernando Frexas Llobet)

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