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2014-04-17_Neuquen
The Day of the Dinosaurs.
  • No KMZ (Google Earth) for this traveldiary.
Arrival to Neuquén
Cloud Atlas finished, sleeping. With 30 minutes of delay the bus arrived to Neuquén by 6:30am, and likewise to Mar del Plata I didn't want to maroon in the morning city - dawn, as early as not even the cabs had queued up yet to transport the passengers.

Plan B, Batman coffee with milk, two medialunas and water for 45 pesos - then awaiting the morning.

Meanwhile I spent the time with new traveller philanthropy thoughts: the ejecutivo cama (business class) seats of Via Bariloche aren't better than the standard cama ones; I might dare to say even semi cama seats have the same dimensions. Of course, everything is relative because tall people count every inches, other people can opt for any of the above three classes (about 100 peso is the difference).
d02_01 (2014-04-18 07:40:32) -- show location on Google Maps
My notes at this point wrote taxi story, changing money but alas I neither remember more background information. The cab story is a mist, and if this wasn't enough suspension: what money I would have to change, I'm still in Argentina.

No, Neuquén still belongs to Argentina, so only some early dawn freemasonry attack could make the typo in the notes, or Pachamama just fooled around again.
d02_02 (2014-04-18 08:14:14) -- show location on Google Maps
Tour starts
Compressing Neuquén in two days is an exciting but not impossible challenge. First day was portioned out to the dinosaurs and the discovery of the close villages.

Departure at 9am in the manner of organized tour, rolled to an another hotel where the minivan picked up two Argentine girls and two married couples. Leaving the city toward west, meanwhile everything is Qué lindo weather! Qué lindo houses! Qué lindo trees! Of course they were super people, no words spent in disguise, so I quickly stopped my train of thoughts before they really take me as a Central European, middle-class Hungarian.

Autumnal colours of Patagonia, there'll be more.
d02_03 (2014-04-18 09:49:28) -- show location on Google Maps
Hello long and straight, arrow-like Patagonian roads, helloo! Like Perito Moreno was a few years ago.
d02_04 (2014-04-18 10:14:12) -- show location on Google Maps
The first stop. Unfortunately I don't remember and haven't been able to figure out what's this. I'm confident it's some kind of berry and not the unique Patagonian Gymnast Earthworm on its Tongue.
d02_05 (2014-04-18 10:50:39) -- show location on Google Maps
Short walk on the top of the Candeleros Formation. This formation is around 100 - 97 million years old and most importantly it's a paleontology paradise.

Countless, on a world wide level important evidences have been discovered in this region - nicely and neatly the dinosaurs will be displayed on this page.
d02_06 (2014-04-18 10:54:22) -- show location on Google Maps
Neither this traveldiary shall omit the Argentine history, first leap goes to Mar del Plata and the golden dawn of Belle Époque, as known as the turn of the 20th century. First participant is Ezequiel Ramos Mexía (say: mehíja) who was an Argentine lawyer and politician. Between 1880 and 1883 he was a member of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies to serve the goals of the Buenos Aires province and the country, between 1901-1906 he was the Minister of Agriculture, between 1907-1913 served as a Minister of Internal Development.

His name is strongly connected to Patagonia, under his hands two relevant legislation have enacted. One was the Ley de Fomento de Territorios Nacionales (Development of Rural Territories), the other Ferrocarriles del Estado (On the National Railways). Both of them was created to boost and connect Patagonia into the circulation of the country. Reading stuff on the subject here and here, additionally you can read about the Patagonian railways here and also here.

It's being said Mexía was a headstrong person and dictated his decisions but since these proved to be viable and efficient, the Embalse Ezequiel Ramos Mexía reservoir inaugurated in 1973 was named after him. The Limay River carries the water and with its 816 km2 stretch, the reservoir wins the biggest artificial lake of Argentina prize.

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I have questions. Next to the reservoir one can see the below imprints - everyone already awaits the dinosaurs, don't you? According to the stories, these belong to some dinosaur extinct millions of years ago.

But. I reserve the right of being wrong (without the knowledge of the construction of the reservoir) and I neither want to be too pop skeptic: but how could these tracks remain after millions of years, especially and likely when the Limay River also licked the shore?
d02_07 (2014-04-18 11:45:01) -- show location on Google Maps
Arrival to the Villa El Chocón village. According to a 2010 census the town has 707 choconense citizens, most of them are the employees of the two main sights: the dam and the dinosaur museum.

El Chocón offers more for the travellers with more time, can be a stop of a relaxing journey: the Limay River and the reservoir is a great opportunity for people keen on fishing and water sports, for people with more earthly interests will find great places to enjoy the groove of trekking among the hills and mountains.
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The Parroquia Espíritu Santo (Parish of the Holy Spirit) can be seen: the unique slope reminds Noah's Ark and the dam close to the village.

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Visiting the Ernesto Bachmann Museum of Paleontology. Ernesto Bachmann was a self-taught paleontologist, many significant findings in the Villa el Chocón region and international sites are connected to his name. Bachmann was born on 1st of February 1894 in Switzerland and died in the near Plottier in March of 1970.

The entrance fee costs 20 pesos, in Jurassic Park T-shirt only 12 pesos.

...NOT...before the dear visitors would force the dear employees into explanations. :)

d02_09 (2014-04-18 12:16:18) -- show location on Google Maps
Why isz disz dinosaurosz agoniszing?
d02_10 (2014-04-18 12:19:06) -- show location on Google Maps
Because an another bites its tongue! HA-HA-HA!
d02_11 (2014-04-18 12:21:02) -- show location on Google Maps
So, a Carnotaurus sastrei can be seen on the picture (feel free to scroll back :) ), which is immediately the guard of the museum. Carnotaurus means meat eating bull which the eponymous dreadful horns emphasize: so far their use haven't been confirmed but possibly the Who has a bigger horn effect in the animal world can be observed: they were used for rivalry and showing strength (like the animals with antlers).

There's no randomness why Carnotaurus is a prominent exhibition item and welcoming staff of the museum. The first point comes from biology and taxonomy, so far this is the only known carnivore dinosaur with horns. From the paleontology view because currently we have only 1 specimen. Not a big surprise, its discovery can be acknowledged to José Bonaparte and his team who was already mentioned in the Mar del Plata traveldiary: they brought the remains about 75 million years old from the Cretaceous period up to the surface in 1984, in the vicinity of Bajada Moreno. You can see the MACN-CH 894 holotype in the Bernardino Rivadavia Museum of Natural Sciences in Buenos Aires.

The Carnotaurus, having an inverted T-shape skull as if it was in the press machine - had an about 8-9 metres length, the weight could reach up to 2 tons. Opinions vary about the nutritional habits: one assume Carnotaurus had a relatively weak bite force but it could be repeated fast, so the animal consumed only smaller prey - but it's a mutual agreement to say based on the long and sharp teeth and the structure of the skull Carnotaurus possibly could attack and victimize also bigger animals with great chances.

Carnotaurus fans with Spanish read through this page as well.

Dinosaur philanthropy: just laugh at the vestigial forelimbs, sure. But then hopefully you can run as fast as those rear legs can...which are propelled by 111-137 kilogram of pure muscles...
d02_12 (2014-04-18 12:22:08) -- show location on Google Maps
The protagonist, Giganotosaurus carolinii. To avoid misunderstandings and awkward situations, one should clarify and memorize in the beginning, it's not Gigantosaurus but Giganotosaurus.
Sure, I'll invite you. A Gigantosaurus cocktail for the lady!
You aren't paying attention to me!? I said Giga-no-to-saurus!
Protagonist and special showpiece, because along the other fossils coming shall forth, the Giganotosaurus' is unique on world-level. The discovery goes to Rubén Dario Carolini, who on the 25th of July 1993 found the 98 - 96 million years old remains lived in the Cenomanian period, in the again mentioned Candeleros Formation.

And boy, what a dinosaur it is. Giganotosaurus is among the biggest known dryland dinosaurs, so for the people with imagination and fantasy: let's pin down that its skull could be around 1.8-1.95 metres long. How lucky is mankind to miss the power of the dinos. Later some professional doubts have risen, being skeptic about the size of the skull and taking the numbers exaggerated, but even if we measure their 1.6 metres length, well, clearly this dinosaur still wouldn't be a good home pet.

Needless to say, it was a carnivore.
d02_13 (2014-04-18 12:27:06) -- show location on Google Maps
One detail of the desert runner built by Rubén Dario Carolini who found the remains and used this vehicle to move around during the excavations. Giganotosaurus carolinii was presented before the professional field in 1994, then the Nature journal in September 1995 released the publication written by Rodolfo Coria and Leonardo Salgado about the dinosaur.
d02_14 (2014-04-18 12:29:30) -- show location on Google Maps
To the left you can see the already displayed Carnotaurus, to the right again displayed Giganotosaurus carolinii. Both of them in their whole self.
d02_15 (2014-04-18 12:32:38) -- show location on Google Maps
la garra - claw (feminine!!!)
de - possessive, something of something

POR FAVOR NO TOCAR
Translation:
Our colleagues worked many hours on the exhibition item. It doesn't need oils and grease from human fingers.
Don't fuck with it.
All for the eyes, nothing for the hands.
d02_16 (2014-04-18 12:35:57) -- show location on Google Maps
The next contestant already punishes by the name: Skorpiovenator bustingorryi
(while pronouncing, stress the letters with low growling, roll the double r at the end, and stretch out the i with slow exhalation)

Skorpiovenator belonged to the Abelisauridae family, Theropoda suborder, Saurischia class. In other words: the Skorpiovenator was a lizard-like dinosaur walking on two feet, lived about 93 million years ago. Named after Manuel Bustingorry, the remains were discovered on his ranch.

The Abelisaurids were the most common dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period of Patagonia. The MMCH-PV 48K holotype you can see on the picture is unique because only the tail and forelimbs are missing on this finding with great quality. The paleontologists excavated the fossils in one block, thus giving an another opportunity for the scientists to research the opisthotonus death pose. So far it hasn't been confirmed about the paleontology remains found in one piece: why does their neck lean back, the mouth kept open and the tail is elongated. There are many theories, one says these animals were buried under some mountain or earth slide, other gives the reason as agony before death, third explains the animals passed away in water: the move of water and constriction of the muscles together caused this effect. The subject and taphonomy research is given, do brainstorming and find evidences.

People who love romantic stories have no doubt seeing the name, Skorpiovenator was a mauling carnivore and the 6 metres length also helped. Although Skorpiovenator probably didn't own a strong bite but the slender jaws hid many razor-like teeth. The long and stumpy skull assumes the animal during the attack dug into the prey with a strong neck movement, thus causing serious damage.

Other close genus of the Skorpiovenator are the Aucasaurus and Ilokelesia.
d02_17 (2014-04-18 12:37:13) -- show location on Google Maps
There's a habit to laugh at the Tyrannosaurus and the - now known - Carnotaurus because their vestigial forelimbs. It's not a nice thing, but let's add they're still luckier than the Amargasaurus: the size of the skull compared to the body...they really couldn't be very smart animals.

And if this wasn't enough, the skull reminding Dutch wooden shoes could offer new lines of jokes. Getting back to political correctness, an Amargasaurus cazaui can be seen on the image, of which again humanity has only 1 specimen at the moment. The discovery belongs to Leonardo Salgado and José Bonaparte: they found the fossils in the bed of the La Amarga river in 1991. The name builds up from three parts: amarga (bitter), saurus (lizard) and cazaui to honour Dr. Luis Cazau who was the geologist of the YPF oil company that time. Mentioning YPF and oil is no coincidence, later we'll get back.

The Amargasaurus had 10 metres length, 4 metres height and 8 tons weight approximately. It had a characteristic sign on the neck and the back, had a double row of spikes. Neither the use of these have been confirmed so far - an another opportunity - their function could be communication, sound signs, leading heat away or providing stability for the 2.4 metres long neck.
d02_18 (2014-04-18 12:41:11) -- show location on Google Maps
Amargasaurus is a herbivore. It's only playing!
d02_19 (2014-04-18 12:42:00) -- show location on Google Maps
Change of subjects after the many dinos, the other section of the museum show the reservoirs and dams of the area. They are very important buildings in respect of the electricity needs of the region.
d02_20 (2014-04-18 12:50:23) -- show location on Google Maps
Lunchbreak
Before the practical visit a little relaxing and lunch in the La Posada del Dinosaurio - The Inn of the Dinosaur.
d02_21 (2014-04-18 13:14:59) -- show location on Google Maps
Ravioli filled with Patagonian trout, in cheese-garlic sauce.

The fellow travellers continuously - after each third bite - repeat, I also only nod: Muy rico, todo rico!
d02_22 (2014-04-18 13:35:14) -- show location on Google Maps
View from the top of the El Chocón Dam
Toward east, Neuquén.
d02_23 (2014-04-18 14:56:54) -- show location on Google Maps
Interesting facts about the dam (it turns about in the middle of the picture):
  • Length: 2.5 km
  • The width/thickness of the crown: 750 metres
  • Maximum height from the mounting: 86 metres
  • The amount of construction materials: 13 million cubic meters
d02_24 (2014-04-18 15:01:41) -- show location on Google Maps
Speaking of claws, the leading-out channel.
d02_25 (2014-04-18 15:13:53) -- show location on Google Maps
Nice closing.
d02_26 (2014-04-18 15:14:16) -- show location on Google Maps
Looking to the El Chocón Dam, now from below. What could you add, how the folklore wisdom says: Where's a reservoir, there's a water dam.

The water plant reached its full capacity by 1978 using the accumulated water of the Limay River: the dam gives an average 2,700 GWh annual output. I read one place this is the thirdmost important dam of Argentina, but even if we don't bring country-wide comparisons, the dam and its operation is extremely important for the region. First reason is providing the electricity, secondly if the system of the dam failed, the released water would break the lower Arroyito Dam and this would cause tragedy for many villages in the location up to Neuquén.
d02_27 (2014-04-18 15:29:26) -- show location on Google Maps
Transformers carry the electricity to the villages and the towns.
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Intermission
About 1 hour of car ride toward Plaza Huincul. It was more scenic in Neuquén, what here looks only as some roadside puddle. The guide girl told, right last Thursday, in one day they had a rain as much as in a whole year - everything was inundated, many houses collapsed.

To the what's the annual? question she said about 200 mm - after some short investigation I realized this is indeed a big amount for a generally dry region.
d02_29 (2014-04-18 16:06:09) -- show location on Google Maps
Plaza Huincul
One and most important sight of Plaza Huincul is the Carmen Funes Museum, which works with archaeology, even more focusing on the dinosaurs; additionally some rooms also display the history of the village.

The entrance fee costs 10 pesos, in Jurassic Park T-shirt it's only 5 peso.
d02_30 (2014-04-18 16:48:34) -- show location on Google Maps
A completely relaxed, calm, slow, barely moving, silent town.
d02_31 (2014-04-18 16:48:54) -- show location on Google Maps
The museum, having nothing lesser prominent master of the house than one of the most important discovery of the paleontology, the Argentinosaurus huinculensis.

Let's stop for a moment.

Not for claptrap or mediahype, especially we aren't talking about ephemeral celebrity world.

This is a dinosaur which can easily participate in the Biggest landline animal ever lived contest with great chances.

Dinosaurs are one of the known biggest creatures, and the Argentinosaurus is a very good example of this - with its 40 metres length, 60-88 tons weight takes the gold prize.

The remains of the Argentinosaurus was discovered in 1987, in the Huincul Formation by the Argentine farmer Guillermo Heredia - at the first sight Heredia believed the about 100 - 94 million years old femur of the animal from the Late Cretaceous is only a piece of petrified wood. Fortunately the finding got into scientific hands, in 1993 José Bonaparte and Rodolfo Coria released the publication.

Currently we have only limited knowledge about the Argentinosaurus, at the moment only 11 vertebrae, a fibula, ribs and the mentioned femur is available: paleontologists visualized this late dinosaur and its structure based on these findings. Which are overwhelming but likewise to the other huge Sauropods, also the Argentinosaurus was an amiable herbivore: with its long neck it could graze the conifers from the top of the trees, or ferns and bushes from the ground.
d02_32 (2014-04-18 16:56:19) -- show location on Google Maps
The rebels had to have similar feelings under the legs of the AT-ATs.
d02_33 (2014-04-18 16:59:59) -- show location on Google Maps
I liked the display in the top right corner as South America and Argentina.

Like there's anybody in Year 2015 who couldn't pinpoint Argentina on the map. :DDD ... :(
d02_34 (2014-04-18 17:02:12) -- show location on Google Maps
The skull of Giganotosaurus carolinii. If we're talking about a battle of getting to the top, Giganotosaurus also has good chances to win the golden prize of the Biggest carnivore ever lived contest.
d02_35 (2014-04-18 17:04:42) -- show location on Google Maps
¿Hola, cómo estás, todo bien?

Have you ever noticed, dinosaurs are always smirking?
d02_36 (2014-04-18 17:06:00) -- show location on Google Maps
The restoration model of Argentinosaurus huinculensis: 39.7 metres long and 7.3 metres high.

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d02_37 (2014-04-18 17:05:00) -- show location on Google Maps
You can see Oscar Campos' painting on the picture, El paso de un gigante - One step of a giant. The painting was inspired by the discovery of the Argentinosaurus huinculensis, the picture depicts the last member of the race before the extinction on the barren land.
d02_38 (2014-04-18 17:11:06) -- show location on Google Maps
To Section B of the museum where you can see a few exhibition items of Plaza Huincul.

--- You might take some break here. There'll be story change and time jumping. ---

One could easily get lost with the history of Plaza Huincul and the similar North Patagonian towns. Let's start immediately with Carmen Funes, the museum was named after her. Sra. Funes was the wife of the Chilean Sr. Campos around 1870, which exactly fit into the period of the Conquest of the Desert military operation.
Through cultures and content, you could make a great costume movie out of the story.

NAAAH not at all, it was only a joke! :DDD Actually let's make a three-dimensional sugar coating, it must have lot-lot detonations by computer graphics, shrapnel must fly in slow motion, there must be some cheap and kitsch framework, one bit dialogues and shall those mangrullo military towers come down with explosion!
This operation has been one of the most controversial events in the Argentine history. The beginning of the story goes back to the 16. century when the Spanish colonists started to populate and farm on the vast landscape of Argentina, with hard work they made the pampas fertile and viable. There was only one glitch - like in North America - the seemingly endless lands already had indigenous people: the Indians.

The initial communication so far went well, the Spanish people bought the lands from the Indians. But later the system of flora and fauna which the natives got used to had changed because of the newcomers. More to say, the borderline counted from Buenos Aires, separated the developing civilization from the barbarian natives was slowly but steadily drawn more and more to the south.

One part of the Indians accepted the goods from the Spanish in return. But the other group didn't understand exactly the New World Order: what's this terra nullius? What's that Latin(?) legal(?) phrasing, land of nobody? Hey, we've been living here for centuries, for millennia! - yelled the tribe leader and the diplomat in high hat froze, the dip pen stopped in his hand. He slowly looked up, a drop of sweat begun forming on his temple while the warrior rose above him and by the weight of his arms the desk started to crackle.

Long story short, the louder team wanted and took physical compensation. This demonstrated short mental capabilities for two reasons. First, the cattle bought and raised by the Argentine farmers, which the natives drove away didn't mean compensation but theft. Secondly, the bloodthirsty butchering of the gauchos and their families had the only result that city people, Buenos Aires and the guns of the army became terribly angry.

After 1816 if possible, the situation became even more complicated. The dear readers of the website already know from the top of their head, this was the year when Argentina became independent from the Spanish Crown - and also the other countries of South America did so. Therefore a race started with Chile, who will snatch the Patagonian lands first. The story is interesting not only because it shows a historical trailer why the relationship between Argentina and Chile is emotionally elevated (the English support of Chile during Falkland Wars is only a resultate). Chile passively founded Punta Arenas in 1845, thus noting it will make a claim to the eastern lands of the continent - at that point legally undefined territories.

Back to domestic politics, between 1833 and 1834 Juan Manuel de Rosas smote the malfeasant natives, further in 1861 Chilean army started the Operation Araucanía which was termed as occupation by Argentina and pacification by Chile. During this they penetrated into the territories of the Mapuche natives (nowadays North and Central Patagonia) with the hope to gather them under their authority and annoy the Argentines.

The Chilean administration was one step ahead and it seemed the Mapuche chose the enemy of my enemy is my friend strategy: they may be the enemy of the Argentines, why couldn't be the friend of the Mapuche?

This completely infuriated the Argentine generals. To be precise, this too. The also infuriated natives because of their disappearing lands continuously attacked the settlers, stole the cattle: the last drop in the glass happened on 5th of March 1872 when Calfucurá a Mapuche leader and his 6,000 warriors attacked three settlements: they killed 300 Criollo farmers and sold their 200,000 cattle in Chile.

In the beginning of 1870s, the Argentine politics still tried to work with high-quality cowhide gloves; to not have too much blood stick. Adolfo Alsina the Minister of War generously wanted to populate the desert, and not to destroy the Indians. One element of this strategy would be the layered defense lines developed by Alsina, which by the plans would stop the quick and surprise malón offensive of the Indians. But after Calfucurá's attack and when it came out the defense lines didn't give enough protection - the Argentine politics re-evaluated the question and its possible resolutions.

In regard of the course of the traveldiary, the Conquest of the Desert stops here with historiae praecox. The above mentioned Chilean Sr. Campos and his Argentine wife established the Plaza Huincul around these years: in 1879 it served as a fort, besides the soldiers and their horses crossing the endless Patagonian lands in an approximate 150 km radius here had the only possibility of relaxing, eating and drinking.

Señora Carmen Funes was the first citizen of Plaza Huincul, died in 1916.
d02_39 (2014-04-18 17:17:04) -- show location on Google Maps
An another retrospective change of subject. Readers with sharp eyes already know something: where you can find dinosaurs, you can also find oil. The oil history of the region dates back about the second half of 1800: in 1865 the Jujeña de Kerosene S.A. from Jujuy, in 1868 Francisco Host an engineer from Salta, and in 1886 the Compañía Mendocina de Petróleo S.A. from Mendoza arrived to the region and constructions started.

Technical problems, lack of professional preparedness, high shipping costs, none did forecast the luck. The Ferrocarril del Sud railway reached the region on 20th of November 1915, giving a huge help for the transportation of the excavation equipment. On the 17th of February 1916 the biggest oil company of Argentina, YPF - Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales took over the job and in the October of 1918 under Pump One found the first oil field.

Which brought a demographic and economical boom for the region, on the 13rd of September 1918 YPF started to build the necessary infrastructure to exploit the black oil - houses, public utilities, the oil wells, etc - and populate the village. The biggest boom came in 1976, this time they discovered the Loma de La Lata deposit which has one of the biggest oil reserves of Argentina: provides 52% of the province and 25% country-wide.

Those travellers who visit Plaza Huincul now are familiar with two of the most famous identities of the vicinity: paleontology and oil exploitation.
d02_40 (2014-04-18 17:17:26) -- show location on Google Maps
Even computers? You don't say!
But I do. The first computer of Plaza Huincul can be seen, a Wang OIS. The Office Information System appeared on the market in 1977 and had a terminal build. But on the contrary to the general client-server structure these machines also had an Intel 8080 CPU and 64 KByte RAM memory.
Short technical note: in the case of client-server the user only communicates with the server through the terminal, but data storage, calculations and other processes happen on the server. See thin client versus fat client.
The data from the user was stored on a central storage and coaxial cabling connected the devices together.

The seventies-eighties brought the popular revolution of the computers but the Wang Labs couldn't compete on the longer run. Making things worse as incompatibility with the PC (Personal Computer) system of IBM, which became the success.
Flexibility (not self-sacrifice) has always been a better evolutionary skillset than monolith systems shutting the world out.
The professionals agree in the view saying the problem was the limited functionalities of the product: it was designed specifically for word processing only. Thus they couldn't compete with the PC computers which offered more functionalities, downloading porn and MP3 as well.

Alongside the up and down successes, Wang Labs finally went bankrupt in 1992. Worth to mention the founder dr. An Wang took a major part in the development of the magnetic-core memory which was used in the fifties-seventies.
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There's even a printer there! Unfortunately I couldn't find more information about the mandatory peripheral device of word processing, only it's a Wang 8020 printer.

The picture also tells the city bought the devices on 13rd of December 1989 for 17,000 austral. The austral was the official money of Argentina between 1985 and 1991: for 1 Argentine austral (ARA) you could get 1,000 Argentine pesos (ARP) and for 1 Argentine pesos (the current ARS) you would get 10,000 Argentine australs.

The calculator gives the answer: the above office computer pack today would cost 1.7 pesos.
d02_42 (2014-04-18 17:18:23) -- show location on Google Maps
Back to Neuquén
While leaving the town, now one-two instruments of the museum really do emerge: Plaza Huincul is indeed a small town focusing on the exploitation of the oil, mainly an industrial region where various plants, buildings of the oil industry emerge from the flat landscape.

Meanwhile I learned two new things. First, next to the legitimate part of our body, about our fallen soldiers or the citizens want to belong to the Queen principles and morals Argentina and England have their dispute over the Falkland Islands because there's a big oil deposit under the surface.

I heard the other information only with half ears between the Argentine girls. It had only curiosity, I got to know A desirable guy always talks or at least speaks a lot. The rest is suspicious.
d02_43 (2014-04-18 18:18:59) -- show location on Google Maps
Again in the accommodation, in the scary ghostel. If words had been spoken about Eastern Bunnies: REDRUM! REDRUM!

Putting jokes aside, it was really spooky with the aging wallpaper of flowers, screeching door under the weak light of the lamp. Even some clothes were spread on one bed but nobody claimed them! Not even until the morning, the towel left hanging was still there!

I didn't dare to pull the bed away from the blocked closet doors.
d02_44 (2014-04-18 19:21:34) -- show location on Google Maps
Walk in the downtown.
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I found the Café Olmedo restaurant randomly and as customs go in Argentina, by 9:30pm the place was still empty; except the other guests eyeballing the other tables.

The perfectly done medallon de lomo engulfed with bacon is exceptional, on the other hand the potato was terrible because of the crunchy, hard and bitter herbs. A simple boiled potato with a little salt could have been sufficient.

That's all for today.
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