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Before I get into this post, first let me give a quick plug to Recuva data recovery software that let me recover a few photos that were still on my cameras memory card. It’s barely a dent in the 7,000+ that I had on the laptop, but at least it will allow me to keep this blog current.

Now that that is out of the way…

The other day I was wandering the streets of Mendoza to just sort of get acquainted with the lay of the land. Part of my journey lead me to Centro CĂ­vico – Casa de Gobierno which is a government building where many city buses pass by.

As I walked past one of the bus stops, I noticed a few men placing used tires near the curb on front of the building.

I thought it was a bit odd for them to be placing tires there, but didn’t think too much of it until I saw a small fire inside one of the tires.

But even still nothing really dawned on me that anything was out of the ordinary. I did think it was a bit of a peculiar place to dispose of tires, but hey I’ve seen stranger things on this trip, so I walked on. I was sitting down on a bench at a nearby fountain when I heard this harsh crackling sound. I turned around and looked back over my shoulder towards the area whence I just left.

What had started as a small hand warming fire, had now spread across the full length of the sidewalk and the street was quickly becoming engulfed in thick black clouds of smoke!

I rushed back over to take some flicks…

…all the while trying to stay upwind from the fumes.

After about 10 minutes of ducking and dodging the swirling wall of smoke the bomberos finally showed up to put an end to the fun…

…turning the black smoke…

…white.

I was flabergasted that they didn’t want my assistance since I had just purchased a bottle of water.

After the smoke had cleared (literally) all that remained were the metal wire bands from the inside of the tires…

…and a few protesters that were responsible for the petroleum protest that were hauled off in a police car.

Does anyone else find it ironic that these people were protesting petroluem companies by burning tires, and then they get haulded off to jail in a gas powered police car rolling in 4 tires?

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