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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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My South America songs


Included here are my 2012 Coleg Harlech recordings of five songs which first saw the light of day in South America.  Bombs and Songs, Love Blues and Staring at the Stars quickly came together.  Bombs and Songs really developed inside … Continue reading

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READING ENGLISH, HEARING SPANISH


In February 2010, North Wales-based musician and writer Ronnie Parry embarked on an epic travelling adventure across South America.  Using only buses for transport, Ronnie covered thousands of miles from Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina’s south to Parque Nacional Tayrona … Continue reading

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Reading English, Hearing Spanish 1


Chapter One: Arrival in Buenos Aires Wednesday, February 3 A rainswept, thunderous night enveloped Buenos Aires, as the plane made its descent.  Passengers were goggle-eyed as the overhead monitors showed a cockpit vision of white lightning ripping through the thick … Continue reading

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Reading English, Hearing Spanish 2


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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Reading English, Hearing Spanish 3


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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Reading English, Hearing Spanish 4


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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Reading English, Hearing Spanish 5


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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Reading English, Hearing Spanish 6


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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Reading English, Hearing Spanish 7


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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