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Professional travel photographer Alicja Gietka

© 2019 Alicja Gietka

Eduardo Avaroa


PL ● ENG

Ladujesz w niesamowicie unikatowym miejscu, a przyslowiowe wisienki na torcie oddalone sa o kilkadziesiat kilometrow od czegokolwiek, co mozna nazwac zyciem. Jestes na pustyni, dobijasz prawie do 4 tysiecznika, slonce spala, a zimno rani skore. Jak przygrzeje przeklinasz w duchu kazdy promien slonca, jak zawieje czujesz, ze wlasnie ziab dokopal sie do szpiku Twoich kosci. Turysci polechtani tymze zapierajacym dech w piersiach widokiem, wskakuja w jeepy i odbywaja grupowa wycieczke zza szyb automobilu. Nas nie przekonywala opcja wyjdz-zrob zdjecie -wejdz. Zapadla decyzja, ze najpierw wyruszymy stopem, reszte trasy przejdziemy. Na pustyni nie ma drogowskazow, ba, drog tez nie widac. Jadac tirem w kierunku granicy z Chile, zorientowalismy sie, ze sygnal GPS rzadko kiedy tu dociera.

- gdzie wysiadamy?

- niedlugo powinien byc mostek, za mostem jakies 25km. Licz slupki przy drodze.

No i tak, pi razy drzwi, wysiedlismy posrodku niczego...

You end up in an incredibly unique place, and the proverbial cherries on the top are several dozen kilometers away from anything that can be called life. You are in the desert, you have made it up to almost 4 thousand, the sun burns and the cold hurts. When the sun comes out, you curse each ray of sunshine, when the wind blows, you feel that the chill has digged down into your very marrow. Tourists flattered by this breathtaking view, jump into jeeps and take a group-tour from behind the vehicle windows. We were not convinced by the option to get out-take a photo-get in. A decision was made: we would first set off hitchhiking then we go on foot the rest of the route. There are no signposts in the desert, no roads are visible either. Going by truck towards the Chilean border, we realized that the GPS signal rarely reaches these regions.

- where are we getting off?

- there should be a bridge soon, about 25 km after the bridge. Count the kilometer posts along the road.

Well, we got off in the middle of nothing, give or take...

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