Evita and a New Pair of Glasses
Trip Start Sep 27, 2005
23Trip End Mar 07, 2006
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From here it was a beach camp looking at the stars and a half day up to Puerto Madryn. This is where some Welsh came to settle in the hope of religious freedom. For us it was the National Park of the Valdes Peninsular that drew us. Here we did a day trip that took in beaches of sea lions, Magellenic penguins and elephant seals. The elephant seals are huge but we only saw female ones and the males are even bigger. It is also here that the killer whales take seal cubs from the beaches. Unfortunately we were a couple of weeks too early and did not see any of them although it was surprising to hear some people who didnīt like seeing insects harmed hoping to see a killer whale take a seal cub! Steph is leaving the truck at Buenos Airies and was very taken by one of the penguin chicks so as a leaving present Mike and I bought here a cuddly toy of a penguin which she named Valdes and spent the next 3 days cuddling.
The trip from here to Buenos Airies was pretty uneventful and the playing of twister, bingo and esky surfing only shows how bored people were. However, the group of people who stayed on the truck were those that tend to get along together so it was a good atmosphere.
Arriving at BA was good news as Iīd managed to bend my glasses by rolling over one night and crushing them to add to the scratches on both lenses and this was the first chance to replace them. In a lesson to British opticians this was achieved in a purchase lasting 20 minutes and in very broken Spanish on my side for the grand sum of 220 pesos or about 45 pounds. Also on arrival we learnt that the plan to travel up the River Plate and cross in to Uruguay at Fray Bentos before going down to Colonia and Montevideo has had to be changed. The Uruguans are planning to build 2 paper mills near Fray Bentos and the Argentinians donīt like it and they are protesting by shutting the bridge. Consequently the truck is going to stay in BA and we can go to Uruguay under our own steam. This means that about 10 of us are going to take the ferry to Colonia, a bus to Montevideo and then the ferry back from Montevideo. It is a pain but means that we can get to see a bit of Uruguay.
Jen, Steph and myself went for a walk starting at the Evita museum, moving onto the Japanese garden and then onto Recolleta to see the grave
With the change in plan viz Uruguay, Jen and I have agreed to travel across to Colonia on Friday, spend the afternoon there with Kev and take a bus to Montevideo to meet up with everyone else going over and hopefully watch the 6 nations in Montevideo (Jen is a mad Scottish fan but arenīt they all?) before going back to BA on the Monday morning. This should allow time to look over Montevideo and allow us to see Evitaīs tomb and visit La Boca area in BA as well. This is a far bigger plan that is normal when visiting a city but weīre going to give it a try.