Fishy business with Colchester

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

It's always interesting to see what other people read on their travels. It tends to indicates two things: a bit about the culture and country where you are and the type of person most likely to be travelling there. So in Thailand for example you'd see alot of youngsters looking for Leo in photocopied versions of The Beach or stoners giggling at British drug geezer Howard Marks' Mr Nice. In Africa you find a different type of traveller so maybe Nelson Mandela's autobiography A Long Walk to Freedom or Cry Freedom, the story of Steve Biko. In Australia, by contrast, you see an awful lot of Hello magazines and in New Zealand the monthly Dude Let's Jump Off That!.

Here in South America Isabelle Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez are both pretentiously popular so therefore I am reading something about a guy travelling around the coast of Britain (Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux instead of his Old Patagonian Express which also shows up here alot). There's not much there about South America you might think - but he does finish on the pier in Southend - although coincidentally it was written during the time of the Falklands War in 1982 and it gives a good account of British attitudes towards the Argies during that time.

So with book in hand I got on the bus towards Punta Arenas in Chile (only two border stops) where I spent one cold night before catching a cheap flight up to Puerto Montt and getting the bus to the lakeside town of Puerto Varas. Here I found a lovely quiet hostel with only a weird Dutch guy who was spending two months studying the intensive salmon farming industry prevalent in the area. Boy did he know his fish and at one point I considered pretending not to  speak English, or Spanish or Dutch or French or whatever other language he knew for fear orf being caught in his conversational net. I did show him a photo of the salmon I caught in Alaska however and that shut him up for about five minutes.

Fortunately the next day a mad Irish woman and couple of fellow Essex-ites showed up - although they were from Colchester and spent the next two days gloating over Southend's relegation into League A2 or whatever it's now called. Add to that a worsening cold (definitely not man-flu) and the depressing, farcical end to the cricket world cup it was a rather painful weekend.

Along with Colchester's Lyndsay and Andrew - who, funnily enough, was really a Mr Salmon - next stop was a wet Bariloche back over the Argentine border where I fed the cold with a couple of huge steaks and was dragged on a long hike in the rain with the Salmons (well I had to do something). Next up is the long bus trip east to Buenos Aires. Adios amigos!
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pefranck
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Salmon Dutch Guy !!
'Here I found a lovely quiet hostel with only a weird Dutch guy who was spending two months studying the intensive salmon farming industry prevalent in the area. Boy did he know his fish and at one point I considered pretending not to speak English, or Spanish or Dutch or French or whatever other language he knew for fear orf being caught in his conversational net. And I bet he was a pisces...'
Dazzla, I've met the some weird Dutch guy in Purto Montt in the hostel where I slept before to take the boat ! I was just reading a bit of your blog to see how it was going in Argentina a the moment... with the special gift you expected :-)
Crazy how it's a small world sometimes (and this guy... yummy beurk !)
Enjoy you time in Arg. hope everything is fine there. I am in Peru right now, just getting down of the climb of the Misti 5825m, and starting to think about the return in France... not funny.
See you,
Franck

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