Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Chapter 2:  Into Patagonia Tuesday, February 9 I slept very lightly, waking up at 4am when asked to move out of my seat and take my proper place next to a lovely, young mum and her baby daughter.  I had … Continue reading

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Chapter 3:  Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego Tuesday, February 16 I had a really early start, and departed the hotel into a cold, sunny morning.  From the Estacion Omnibus, I took a Morea bus at 8am.  Papers for the Chilean border … Continue reading

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Chapter 4:  A Welsh celebration Monday, February 22 Almost three weeks into my travels and I still hadn’t tasted mate, the herbal tea tradition of Argentina.  It was something to look forward to as I bade farewell to El Calafate … Continue reading

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Chapter 5: El Bolson Tuesday, March 2 A short stroll into town drew me towards a fine-looking guitar shop on Avenida Sarmiento.  I tried out several instruments but the Fonseca guitar had a lovely tone and hold.  A Hawaiian guy … Continue reading

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Chapter 6:  San Carlos de Bariloche and Mendoza Friday, March 19 With all things tidied up, I was on the move again.  Dicky and some carpenters were fitting some new window frames on the refugio extension.  I said farewell and … Continue reading

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Chapter 7:  Chile for Easter Monday, March 29 It was still dark when I woke up at 7.  I bagged three croissants for a long day on the road.  The presence of my new lightweight guitar also added a lightness … Continue reading

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Chapter 8: Northern Chile Chapter 8: Northern Chile Wednesday, April 14 I now travelled up the Panamericana Route 5 to Antofagasta.  The bus then climbed Route 25, reaching Calama at sunrise.  Throngs of workers soon began filling the city streets.  … Continue reading

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Chapter 9:  Arequipa, Peru Chapter 9:  Arequipa, Peru Until the age of 18 I never went on holiday.  There was a short stay at my Nain’s farm back in the late 1970s, but that was less than a mile from … Continue reading

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Chapter 10: First impressions of Cusco Wednesday, April 28 A game of bus bingo kept me alert till midnight.  I crossed the numbers being called out fairly regularly but missed a few and misunderstood the different colour shades.  Learn the … Continue reading

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Chapter 11: Language classes in Cusco Monday, May 3 Clear skies led to a cold night in my top floor room.  I could have done with another blanket.  I began my Spanish classes at the FairPlay School at 10am.  It … Continue reading

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