Couple travels 18,000 miles from Córdoba, Argentina to Cordova, Alaska to foster connections

Dante Gonzalez and Laura Tallone stand in front of their truck on Main Street in Cordova, AK on Thursday, July 19, 2018. The pair traveled from C—rdoba, Argentina, with a goal to visit each C—rdoba/Cordova in North America. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Just seven months ago Laura Tallone and Dante Gonzalez quit their jobs in Córdoba, Argentina, and headed north in a pickup truck, intent on visiting other communities named Córdoba and Cordova across South and North America.

Before arriving in Cordova, Alaska, on July 17, they visited five more Córdobas before crossing the U.S. border, one in Peru, three in Columbia, and one in Mexico.

“We are all the time working and working and working … and now enjoying the life,” Tallone said. “So, we discovered that it’s possible to enjoy the life and work at the same time.”

The couple started the cross-continent journey to find similarities among the towns of Córdoba and Cordova in North and South America, with a goal to help connect the people of these towns.

They have already travelled 18,000 miles, through about 15 different countries, and still have roughly a year left on the road.

“It’s so beautiful,” Tallone said of Alaska’s Cordova. “You enjoy the nature and the wildlife and really good food, organic food.”

They spent time exploring Sheridan Glacier, driving out the road, saw wildlife, and stopped by the harbor and a fish processing plant.

Their industrial hometown of Córdoba, Argentina, has a population of nearly 2 million. Cordova’s year-round population is about 2,500 people.

“For us, it’s all strange because we are from a city … this is all sea and fish and boats. This is crazy for us,” Gonzalez said.

Tallone and Gonzalez created a brief movie trailer, highlighting the people and scenery of each town. They hope to create longer documentaries when they return to Argentina at the end of the trip, Gonzalez said.

“(The trailers are) for every Cordovans (to) know about the other Córdobas,” he added.

Cordova, Alaska, and Córdoba, Peru, they note, have similar wet climate and sustainable food sources.

Córdoba, Mexico and Córdoba, Colombia shared similarities in the exportation of coffee, while all locations have lovely, open and kind people, said Tallone.

“We are different because we live in different part of the continent, but we need to share something more than the name,” Tallone said. “So, we are looking for that and we find that we are not so different.”

Follow their journey on Facebook and Instagram at Las Cordobas America and visit www.lascordobas.com to see movie trailers.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.