With one month down, it's humbling to reflect on our time in Córdoba and marvel at the amount of experiences we've shared together. I don't want to forget how fortunate we all are, so I've compiled a bunch of event photos into one post.
I will be doing this for every month throughout the year, highlighting each of the major events we attended - or at least the events I attended. There's so much going on, you wouldn't survive if you did everything. This post doesn't even include all of the great memories from lunches, dinners, exploring, partying and dancing, which I'll write about another time.
Photo credit: A decent amount of these photos were not taken by me, and it would take forever to credit every photo since there's so many. Instead, I'm going to give huge thanks to everybody whose photos I've used. A few people in particular that share a lot of their amazing photos with the group are Johnson, Matt, Derryl, and Mike.
On to the events...
Welcome party in Carlos Paz
For a proper kick off to the year, Remote Year organized a party along a river outside of Carlos Paz. After a few hours of getting to know each other, we had a lake-side dinner and ended the evening with a fellow Remote DJing into the night. A perfect way to meet and get to know each other.
My 32nd birthday at El Papagayo
This wasn't planned intentionally for my birthday, but coincidentally it ended up being the perfect way to celebrate. After an amazing 7-course meal, 8 bottles of wine, and a lot of singing with our server, we headed to Milk for more drinks and lots of dancing. It's a birthday I'll remember forever.
Amazing Race city tour
For each city we live in, we'll be doing an "Amazing Race". Essentially, a list of clues is compiled to highlight many the city's most notable attractions. We're split into teams to try and find them, and are charged with the task of taking group photos at each location. It's a great way to get to explore and become familiar with each new city.
Paseo de las artes
Every Saturday evening, a few streets downtown are closed off and a massive market takes over. It's packed with loads of people, local arts, crafts, and even boxes of kittens. If you're looking for a beautiful handmade maté cup, this is the place to go.
The Junction is a monthly mixer where Remotes and local entrepreneurs gather to meet like-minded people from around the world. At every Junction, there's a series of short presentations from Remotes and Locals alike, giving people a chance to discuss what they're working on. This month, Paige and I presented our company Hopscratch. I hope do another presentation for my other company Truce.
Condor trekking in Quebrada del Condorito National Park
A two hour drive and a day of hiking led us to a large gulch that was home to a community of roughly 30 - 40 Andean Condors. The Condor is one of the largest birds in the world, with a wingspan reaching over 11ft for a mature adult. It was a beautiful hike.
We want to give back to every community we live in. For Córdoba, that resulted in a park cleanup. With the help of some faithful street dogs we collected 61 bags of garbage, tons of strange old stuff, and got lots of love from the local people in the park.
Naturally, when the girls decided to have a girls night, the guys decided to have a guys night. After a delicious, Neanderthal-ish rooftop asado, we finished the night at Clarke's Irish Pub. The night concluded with one guy getting stitches in the hospital, one broken window (unrelated), and more grilled meat than you could imagine.
Dia de la Memoria
The Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice (Día de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia) is a public holiday in Argentina, commemorating the victims of the Dirty War. It is held on 24 March, the anniversary of the coup d'état of 1976 that brought the National Reorganization Process to power. These photos were taken from my apartments rooftop that evening.
Argentinians love their asados (barbecues). We went to several asados throughout the month. One was put on by our new friends at Gi-Fly Bikes, a startup we shared the coworking space with. We spent the evening hanging out on a rooftop while the Gi-Fly team grilled strange-meat after strange-meat for us to dry. You'll never see me eat kidney again, but everything else was delicious. Our climbing guide from canyoneering also had an asado for us at his place.
La Cumbrecita is a small picturesque, secluded alpine-like hamlet, located amongst spruce and pine, a couple of hours from Córdoba. A large group of us hopped on the bus and spent half a day exploring the town and nearby waterfalls and streams before moving on to Villa General Belgrano.
Villa General Belgrano cake festival
After La Cumbrecita, we continued on to Villa General Belgrano for a cake festival. A small mountain village named after the creator of the Argentine flag, Manuel Belgrano, the town is located in the lush green valley of Calamuchita in the hills in the Province of Córdoba. What an awesome little town.
Canyoneering in Altas Cumbres
The next day was a beautiful day to escape the city to go hiking and rappelling. The first rappel dropped us 75ft straight into deep freezing water with a 25ft swim to shore. It was gorgeous, but unfortunately the deep water stopped us from bringing our cameras so we don't have any photos. We spent the next couple of hours hiking in a deep crevice and with more waterfalls and rappelling before emerging from the canyon. Upon exiting, we were surrounded by tall cliffs loaded with anchors for rock climbing.
Argentina vs Bolivia
Interesting fact: There's no alcohol served during games at Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes. It didn't take long to figure out why. The stadium is packed to the gills and the crowd is rowdy enough on its own. There's even a moat around the sides of the field, and glass with spikes near the goals to keep the crowd from rushing the field. Argentina won 3-0.
Farewell Córdoba tango and fiesta
For our farewell party we had dinner and a tango show at El Arrabal. I was blown away by their talent. We even had a handful of Remotes get on stage to show us what they've learned during their tango classes. Naturally, drinks around town ensued afterwards.
Adios Córdoba... on to Buenos Aires!
That's it for events in Córdoba. I had an unbelievable time and am so grateful I was able to spend so much time there. I'll write later about my favorite places around town and differences in culture, so subscribe on the side if you don't want to miss anything. You can also follow me on Instagram.
Below is my final sunset in Córdoba. I hope we meet again someday.