March 07, 2014

Adventure Kit: Argentina

Things should last. They should be made to break in and pass down to the next generation. Take on a life of their own if you will. As I packed for this trip I thought about that. Some of these pieces have been on many adventures and some are about to head out on their miaden voyage.

For instance, I bought the belt the last time I visited Argentina, some years ago at an open air market in Buenos Aires. As we wandered from artisan to artisan I spotted a certain fella making belts. There were many people cutting straps and pounding rivets but there was a certain air to this guy. He was leaned against his table with his wrinkled hand on his anvil. He pulled back his long gray pony tail and took the last drag of his ciggarette as I approached. It was quite a simple interaction. I spoke the 3-5 Spanish words I knew to form what was probably a broken pleasantry and picked out my strap and buckle. He went to work making the belt right then and there for me. It was a singular moment captured in time that I won’t ever forget.

More or less, all of the items packed for this adventure have these sort of moments attached to them. If they are headed on that maiden voyage then it’s time to attach some moments to ‘em.

 

In The Kit:

Sage Highlands Shirt

Grey Muir Vest

Argentinian Leather Belt

Panama Hat

Blundstone Boots

Wheat Good Acre Vintner's Chore Pants