Fishy business with Colchester
Trip Start Oct 29, 2003
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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)
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!