Location: buenos aires, Argentina
ok so am back at the computer... its about two in the morning and the hostel im staying in is packed with young 20 year olds out to party in BA. Have had two nights in a row of going out so will give it a bit of a rest.
not sure what ill get up to tomorrow. either a football match (river plate-independiente) or there's an antiques market in place called san telmo... think will surprise you all and go to market. besides already been to see La Boca- Maradonna was apparently there as well.
Made very good friends with the hostel owners down there in Ushuaia so stayed longer than i had planned. was actually bit of a wrench leaving. but such is travelling on your own. you constantly meet people with whom you share experiences, but sadly have to say goodbye to every one of them as you part ways. The intimacy develops much quicker as you want, or rather need, someone who can understand the enormity of what is happening at that moment. Pictures help, as do words. Yet they all fall short at truly conveying human experience... you just can not grasp nor hope to understand, if you havent seen with your own eyes what someone else has. Ushuaia is just another isolated town at the end of the world, and unfortunately neither visual nor oral aids can help me to explain. I can tell you what i did though.
Three out of the nine days I was there, I went skiing. The resort is tiny and the snow was bad, but the people once agaion were unsurpassable. Dave, the 41 year old australian who makes snow in utah... Ben, a dj (remember you're never more than 10 metres away from a dj)... Valerie, who spoke the most enchanting swiss german even if it was utterly incomprehensible... BAsically had a great time. And did it all in jeans as well... Sweet memories of Isola 2000, eh?
Contrary to what you think, snow making is very interesting. ALthough I did find an answer to the eternal question of whether you can use one of those snow canons to completely cover someone in snow... Disappointingly you cant so i dont want one for christmas.
Also went for a dip in the Beagle Channel down there, which only alcohol could make you do. The picture is pure genius. Went walking in the National Park and saw a beaver dam if no beavers.
One more question to you guys and more specifically Phil, Julie and Laura? Do you ever feel slightly fraudulent saying you're danish. I'bve always said Im Danish and never considered for a minute I was English. But could the dark day have arrived? Are we actually English? 17 out of 22 years of existence spent in another country. Should I really be saying Im English, but born in denmark. If you think about it, nationality is pretty key to the question who am I. Your name, age, profession, nationality are the most common details you give which tells another person who you are. Are we lying? And when did it become a lie? Jesus christ, how easy is it to write like Carrie from Sex and the City. Should I be thinking of starting a sex column? There I go again. Ha! Or lol, which Laura always uses and which I've only just found out means Laugh Out Loud and not Lots of Love. Cryptography is essential if you get an email from Laura.
Right I'm off to bed. The people behind me have gotten to an intolerable stage of intoxication.
Good night and lots of love, hugs and kisses xxxxxxxx
Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
well this webpage thing was a pretty good idea in theory, but, as is pretty obvious, in practice not great! just got little too much stuff to do really... Sorry!
Am still in a place called Ushuaia. From Puerto Madryn I was supposed to come straight down here, but last minute changes meant I went to El Calafete for three days first. When you see th pictures of the Moreno Glacier I saw there, you`ll understand why I had to go! Its 60m metres tall and 4 kilometres wide and blue as the sky... And it runs into a lake, so you see huge chunks falling off! Sweet... (lie number one- every time anything fell off i turned my back! But I did hear them though!)
After this I caught a flight to Ushuaia, where I have been for five or so days. Am staying until thursday and then fly back to buenos aires to catch another flight out to either salta or bariloche, but have not decided yet.
Down here in Ushuaia I´ve been skiing for three days of all of the ones I´ve been here. Met some lovely people, which makes it all the more difficult to leave, but unfortunately I have to!
I will write again soon with something more significant to say, but I have been having the time of my life...
By the way, welcome to the german side of the family, and thank you to everyone for the messages. BVery much appreciated xxxx
Location: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Ok so I´m back sat at a computer. Still in Puerto Madryn.
So, allan, why are you in this tiny little town on the Atlantic Coast of Argentina? Well am just waiting to get out of here to continue my travels. A 17 hour bus ride will see me down to a place called Rio Gallegos, and from there will get a short 10 hour bus ride to Ushaia- the most southernly settlement in the world (a lie as if you look on the map there are others further south). Here I will see lots of penguins, as well as probably getting very cold. Hopefully there will be some skiing, but if not there is a small glacier where I could do some hiking...
Puerto Madryn is one of several Welsh settlements in Patagonia, though some moved further inland. Why exactly they chose to settle here is baffling. The town is surrounded by a dry, dusty, barren landscape with tough, thorny bushes rooted in the dirt. At siesta time you see these rolling through the deserted streets like in the old John Wayne films. Though I may not figure out the Welsh riddle, I certainly know why tourists come here. There are whales swimming around in the water, so close to shore you can see them without jumping in a boat. I did do the latter anyway anmd some of the pictures I stole of a guy I met- my camera´s memory was full- are pretty spectacular. They swim around the boat in little groups of two or three, diving in and out of the water.
Tried to upload some pictures for you to look at, but the connection is pretty slow, meaning that it would have taken more than half an hour to upload one picture. Will wait til hav faster connection.
My last posting that I lost did have some profound thoughts on life and travelling but that will have to wait til another time. Looking forward to seeing most of you at graduation, and you´re all so good at keeping in touch guys. My inbox is literally overflowing with all your emails ;)
Take care and I´ll try and get some pictures up soon as am sure that will make this webpage a lot more interesting xxx
Location: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Rather unsuccesfull start to this journal thing. Just lost very long entry and no way am I going to re-write it. Way too hungry. Will try to at least post some messages or photos later... Argentina very cool country... Love you all...