Not many foreign tourists frequent 9 de Julio. As far as we can tell there are only three hotels in town and Trip Advisor has only seven listings for things to do in town. On closer inspection, six of those things are 30 kilometres out of town. While it isn’t a tourist town, the girls have had an active social life. One of Truce’s classmates is the Principal’s daughter and the Principal has helped organise for Truce and Indiana to meet all of Truce’s class. They’ve been out to three different houses for a swim and two different birthday parties. School still doesn’t start until the 6th of March for Truce and the 13th for Indy. By the time their first day comes round they should know everyone’s name.
Whilst in the local panadería (there’s one of every fourth corner) buying some bread, the young female shop assistant engaged me in the following conversation.
Do you live on Sarmiento street?
No, we live on Robbio street.
Do you have a car?
No, we walk everywhere.
I saw your daughters in a car. (With a knowing smile.)
Our friend has a car. (Awkward silence) Can I some chorri-pan please without the creepy feeling?
No. I think you’ve given me enough to think about for today.
We do stand out a little bit. On the third day here a mother, who we had not met, stopped us outside a shop to tell us that Truce will be in her daughter’s class.