During the harvest in the desert hills outside the northwest Argentine town of Cachi, you can find scattered carpets of red hot chili peppers drying in the sun. Although we haven’t mastered the technology to deliver the sensation of what their aroma and heat feel like as you approach, we can at least share what they look like.
Oh, and if you are wondering if there’s a connection between Argentina and Bangladesh (where we are now) — there is.
Panorama: Sun Dried Chili Pepper Carpets — Cachi, Argentina
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So the connection between Argentina and Bangladesh?
Bangladeshis love football (soccer), but they’re not quite an international contender. What to do? Turn to South America, of course.
As a result, the entire country of Bangladesh has divided itself into two rather distinct camps of football fans: supporters of Argentina and supporters of Brazil. From the narrow lanes of old Dhaka to the dirt roads of rural villages, individual homes and entire villages will align themselves with either of the two countries by painting its flag on the side of a building.
Based on both rigorous scientific research (and the number of flags we’ve seen), Argentina is the more popular team. (A love of Maradona perhaps?) As we criss-cross Bangladesh and as various renderings of the Argentine flag zip by in my peripheral vision, I’m reminded of our experiences in and my personal connection to Argentina.
So it is the more we travel, the more we find odd and surprising connections between vastly different countries on opposite ends of the Earth.
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