Round the world without odour eaters
Easter Island (7)
French Polynesia (11)
Hong Kong (8)
New Zealand/Aotearoa (50)
* The End
* Day 189: London baby!
* Day 188: Museums
* Day 187: MTR
* Day 186: Kowloon Park
* Day 185: Peak tram
* Day 184: Central and Admiralty
* Day 183: Fly away
* Day 182: last day in Kiwiland
* Day 181: Auckland
* Day 180: Bouncy pillow
* Day 179: Christchurch
* Day 178: Christchurch
* Day 177: Fairlie
* Day 176: Hooker valley
* Day 175: Mt Cook/Aoraki NP
* Day 174: Oamaru
* Day 173: Dunedin cafe culture
* Day 172: Taieri Gorge Railway
* Day 171: Otago Peninsula
November 24, 2004
Day 48: El Calafate
We crossed the Chilean-Argentinian border without incident and spent six hours on the bus, driving through a lot of nothingness in Argentinian Patagonia. We did see one stray Nandú, which is like a type of ostrich.
We got to El Calafate (a calafate is a type of berry which grows here) which is a tourist town, it's only here because of the Perito Moreno Glacier, which we will see tomorrow.
Changed some money, had a sandwich and went to the internet cafe, where I have spent a while updating you guys on the camping experience. There are loads of new Spanish terms to learn again, and the menus have no more avocado sandwiches but loads of palm hearts and lots of meat.
I'm really looking forward to the Argentinian part of this trip, and I will tell you all about it soon!
Perhaps I can also characterize the group a little:
- Kirsty: Scottish roommate, got fired from a shoe shop once because she showed up with pink hair
I think it's a very diverse group, with some clashing characters (esp. Margaret seems to be treading on toes a lot) but a lively bunch.
In the evening we went out to eat with the whole group and I had lamb with calafate sauce, roasted potatoes and mixed salad. Argentina is meat country and the menus do show it. My lamb was not entirely a success though. There was also a cake and embarrassing moment for Mike (us all singing happy birthday and him having to give a speech), whose birthday it is today.
Afterwards most people went out to a bar, and apparently it was kind of a rough night, but I was very tired and went to bed, after doing my diary. I feel I need a few siestas to get my energy levels back up, the pace of this trip is very high and sometimes you have to catch yourself and let everything you've done sink in.
Posted by Nathalie on November 24, 2004 11:04 PM
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