It’s hard to travel without weird and wonderful examples of bonkership in this world. Here are some of ours (South American edition):
1. Soutamericans get excited about important things, like football or politics. The don’t get excited about things WE consider important, like the plane times being different between what our Air France ticket says and what they show at Buenos Aires airport.
2. Their impression of Europe may be different than ours. Quote: “Europe… such a small place with so many people…”
3. Their knowledge of Poland may be surprising: “I only know Chopin and Pudzianowski”
4. Sooner or later you will meet a German person who will say that ‘it’s nice that people here are relaxed but this is not how they do things back at home’
5. The Argentine salad will consist of two green leaves and a slice of tomato, probably because nothing else will fit next to the steak.
6. You WILL be surprised by the number of dogs running in the streets of Patagonian towns. Running but not barking. Their number increases proportionally to the proximity of a steak house.
7. Most Patagonian towns look like Twin Peaks and sooner or later you will meet another tourist who made the same connection and ended up walking round town, humming the Twin Peaks theme tune.
8. You will never find out why the penguin crossed the road:
So, all we did today was lots of cycling, sightseeing, sunbathing and listening to passionate locals talk about Sunday elections in Uruguay. Now getting ready for some local food… Good day!
Update: Food was awesome, the guy from the hostel sent us to a local place which by 10 o’clock had people hanging out in the street, drinking beer while waiting (patiently) for a seat. And here’s the place:
So, one thing is to have a great travelling buddy, another is to have a travelling buddy who reads your mind… Like when you’re thinking that Buenos is too big and too ‘city’ for the last days of holidays and there are nice places in Uruguay and, at the same time, Aga says: how about taking a boat to Montevideo?
So here we are. A spontaneous trip to Uruguay to let our toasies soak in hot ocean after being trapped in walking boots for 2.5 weeks 🙂
But more about the trip…
The sunrise in Buenos was gorgeous:
What can go wrong on a boat named after Pope Francis?
So they built this super fast boat, named it after Pope Francis and then realised that all those common people were going to ruin their beautiful carpets! What to do, what to do? Here is the solution:
Yip, before you make any jokes about our mucky boots, I would like to emphasise that the posh people also had to wear shoe covers.
And now, in Uruguay, there is sun, time for flip flops and fun!
Tierra del Fuego is quite a something! We have actually slowed down here, going away for daily gentle treks, drinking hot chocolate and celebrating my birthday with dinner and drinks. For the lack of exciting updates, here are some photos from our walks:
Aga taking photos of sailing boats, dreaming of stealing one to go round Cape Horn...
Laguna Esmeralda - a great walk past the beavers!
Laguna Esmeralda, panoramic edition
My beloved Mercedes Sosa
Yeah, stop complaining about the wind, start sailing!!! That’s what we did and you should have seen my little face as we sailed round the Beagle Channel! I cannot even describe how amazing it was! Sailing at the end of the world, knowing that any minute you may just tip over… 😀
Today was what my little brother calls a ‘recovery day’. In practice, it means drinking coffee, hot chocolate and wine, eating ice cream, Skyping friends and family and taking lots of silly photos. Not at the same time, no?
View from the café.
Aga says no to jumping
The other Aga misunderstands the command 'jump'
Aga finally gets it
We finally realise that they love the wind here so much they build monuments to celebrate it.