Friday, 31 October 2008

Volcano Osourno - the hard way!







One of the toughest and longest climbs through snow. But worth every step just for the views and the slide down! 4.5 hours up... 40 mins down!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Our new friends - met at a bus stop!

Walking in the National Parks near Puerto Varas




The snow on the tops of the volcanoes should give an idea of just how much walking was involved!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Chiloe from the back of a truck

Fishing in Chiloe #2

video
Apart from a few reeds, and the other bank... we didn't catch a lot!

Very unsuccessful fishing attempt...

Agro tourism in Chiloe


Should be more like Aggro Tourism! The farm we were staying in turned out to be 2.5 km from the nearest road... with ALL our luggage on our backs.

Flying south to Puerto Montt



From Santiago down to Puerto Montt to start our rural adventure around Chile's lake district. Fantastic views all the way and great sculptures in Santiago airport!

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Friday, 24 October 2008

Looking over Santiago

A wise man once said...


Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body and clears the perceptive faculties. (apparently).

Home from home (again) in Santiago

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Starting work at St Pablo

http://www.centrosanpablo.org.ar/
Day 1 went well. Not quite sure how we're going to fit in, or how on earth I'm going to make sense of the slang that the kids speak, but day 1 over. We'll see what day 2 brings...

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Driving downtown


I do actually think the 5 times winner of the F1 World Championship looks a little like me...

A nature reserve on the edge of the city.


An amazing 10Km walk around this park right on the edge of the city. Unfortunately we only found that you can't hire bikes once we'd got down there... still, the walk was good!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Al Fayed would be proud...


Check out the spooky statue guy hiding in the doorway!

Iguazu falls. 17 hours each way by bus... but worth every minute.





Heavily edited pics, but it was such an amazing place. It just has to be seen to be believed, ideally from both the Brazil side and the Argentinian one. Besides, 'Brazil for the day' just has a nice ring to it...

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Circo Negro

Mamushka
This proved the inspiration to us thinking about joining a circus class instead of a gym!
It has a lot to answer for!

Good v Bad. First impressions of BsAs

GOODS>>>
Cafe con Leche. Amazing. With 3 different sizes of coffee available. And often coming with orange juice, water, biscuits all included. Amazing...
£3 bottles of decent wine in restaurants. The way it should be, but hard to resist!
Nationwide not charging us for overseas transactions. A stroke of genius on our part and well worth all the research into moving bank accounts!
Rent being 1/4 of UK prices. We'd never get an architects apartment otherwise!
The love of horses. Yet to capitalise on this one... but I'm looking into lessons as we speak!
Transport prices. Trains costing 18p for an hours journey! Tube being 18p too. Unbeatable.
The sun. And the sky. Clear as glass. Beautiful.
Leather bags. Eel's already snagged a beauty that she's thrilled with.
UK bands and acts playing over here... and being able to get tickets easily and at cheaper prices!
Tango. everywhere.... now we just have to learn it ourselves!
Fruit shops with all the strawberries laid out in lines. Seems a shame to eat them!
Receiving long emails.
Buying jeans in the supermarkets! Amazingly cheap prices... but don't tell everyone!Learning spanish.
I feel I'm using my brain daily which I love.
Circus classes... we're thinking about doing trapeze classes instead of joining a gym!
The fact that the supermarket is called DISCO!
The Espactulous (the spelling is wrong I think.. but it means what's going on) in every paper daily.

BADS>>>
Cheese in everything. Very hard to avoid.
A slight paranoia about being robbed! With lots of warnings from lots of locals.
Clothes prices in BA. As pricey as London!
The tube closing at 11pm. Very early indeed!
English films being on TV constantly. Hard to resist, and bot helping my spanish!
Waiting for hair to grow long... Edel's choice obviously!
Never being able to get change for anything, and buses ONLY taking coins!
Dog poo on every street. Everywhere!
The bus timetable being as hard to crack as Enigma!
Phone call prices. Extortionate!
Relying on the internet constantly!
Having such a restricted wardrobe. I get very bored of the same 6 shirts!
The fear of just how much there is to do in this continent. So much to do. Such little time.