Posted by: Bert and Tania | March 20, 2011

Did I mention that I went to San Marcos…

A few weeks ago I headed to San Marcos with friends Ana Lisa and Noe to stay for a few days at Noe’s Mum’s house. Bert and I had visited San Marcos before, back in August when it was dry and cold but this time it was green and hot… but just as spiky! Noe’s friend Sebastian came along too. It was FUN.

One night we packed up some food, water and blankets and headed to the ‘Casa de Piedras’ (house of rocks), a big, round rock cave on top of a hill. There was a storm a coming and just after we arrived the wind picked up telling us we should get some firewood collected pronto. A fine fire was built (er, I have to admit I did nothing to help in the fire construction, I did however collect some firewood) and we cooked goats cheese bought from a local farmer, mmm. The rain she came a pouring down and the sky turned a salmon pink colour… Luckily it didn’t last too long and the storm soon passed further down the valley. As the sun went down we climbed up onto the ‘terrace’ (another massive rock) and watched the electrical storm flashing in the night sky. The night sky was amazing, a few clouds being lit by lightening flashes down the valley, but clear blackness above dotted with stars of both twinkly and shooting types, the milky way, satellites and who knows… maybe the odd UFO! Ha. T’was gorgeous.

We went to sleep at the edge of the cave opening, just as the moon came up over the side of the valley. Not a bad view. Noe had somehow carried a giant inflatable mattress, so we slept in relative luxury. We woke with the sunrise and spent an hour or so soaking up the first rays of sun to peek over the valley. I made friends with a cute little snail, called Brian.

We packed up and headed back to where we were hopefully getting a lift back to town. Not before a quick swim in the river though. Ah, the first time I’ve been swimming in ages. It was GREAT.

Noe’s Mum, who is lovely but unfortunately wasn’t actually there at the house whilst we were staying, had the most amazing book I’ve ever seen. I loved it for 2 reasons:
1. It was about making clothes and adapting patterns,
2. It was from the seventies and the illustrations, layout and styles were fab.

On our last day we headed to Cordoba and then on to an ‘Eco Barrio’, a hobbit-like housing development where all the houses have to be constructed using eco materials etc. The houses all had ‘living’ roofs and windows made from old bus windscreens amongst other things. The people living there were passionate about their unique houses, rightly so… some of the systems and construction techniques were fascinating, clever and at times unbelievably simple. Not sure I would want to live in one of these houses, but I loved some of the ideas… and the project in general.

Thanks to Noe, Ana Lisa and Sebastian for a fab few days. It was so good to get out of the city for a bit, shame Bertrum missed it but there will be many more adventures I’m sure. In the meantime he’ll just have to put up with me and my “when I was in San Marcos… ” stories.


  1. Wow, thats the most amazing yet, living in the stone age, mext to nature and living in an eco-home. I cant believe that Robert missed that, he did need to be home tho.

  2. Yeah, it did look pretty cool! Ah well, I can’t do everything. Rob.

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