You Know You’re in TSW When…

The only things you buy on vacation are tinctures from a naturopath and gauze from a pharmacy.

I don’t even know what these are – my husband translated the whole session but doesn’t have botanical vocabulary. We found the small shop in Purmamarca by chance. The proprietor asked many questions and took my pulse in three places before deciding which herbs to give me. I am taking them every morning and hope to see some improvement.

It was impossible to stick to my healthy diet whilst there. There were family get togethers and I am loathe to be fussy or difficult. Plus it was nice to let loose for a bit. I had bread, steak, wine, empanadas, and chocolate cake – things I had not eaten for almost two months. After a few days though I found myself craving vegan dishes. I was thrilled to find a vegetarian restaurant in Buenos Aires, two blocks from our hotel. They even had wheatgrass juice!

I’m glad I went and I think I did pretty well at coping with the demands of travel. I prepared by stocking up on every single thing I needed in a less than 3.75 ounce size, as we were only doing carry-on. I went through multiple tubes of Aquaphor and zinc cream. I took an oatmeal bath everyday and turned in early. I had a minor flare; the big one I am in now held off until last night. I am pretty miserable today – the crooks of both arms are oozing, even though I took an epsom salt bath and slathered them with Sudocrem. I am contemplating taking the day off work tomorrow. I feel like I need to regroup.

One place we went was uniquely different for me due to TSW – Salinas Grandes. This high altitude (3350 meters above sea level) salt plain (picture 3) was gorgeous, but as I was surrounded by so much salt (and wind), my face stung.

I would love to go back to the Salta/Jujuy area when I am well again.


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