John's Plan

Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
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Trip End Nov 10, 2007


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Thursday, September 20, 2007

We decide to visit Argentina. Our choice is made very rapidly, spurred on by Gaelle, who we travelled with in South America. She came to visit us at home and gave us plenty of tips for places to visit. Sami, who has just returned from her RTW trip, also recommends we visit Argentina; she was pleading for us to take her with us too. Sorry Sami, but there isn't space in the luggage.

Whilst I have been finishing up with my job in Corporate Research (a heavy week of 4 meals out so far), John has been busy at home planning and making some initial bookings.

We have one single flight to Thessaloniki from Gatwick. We kick off our travels at Ntia and Ramin's Persian-Greek wedding. From Thessaloniki we will fly to Buenos Aires via Rome with Air Italia. We have 45 days in South America.

In his usual style, John has prepared a 4-page excel sheet which describes an organised list of places which we hope to visit. I don't know if we will stick to it, but at least we have a plan.  

Basically we arrive in BA and then tour around Argentina, heading north and then around in an anticlockwise direction, aiming to reach deepest Patagonia later into the spring (November).  

Hopefully the list of places below means more to some readers. At the moment they seem foreign names to me, but that's all part of the fun of discovery:

Buenos Aires
Possible day trip to Uruguay (Colonia)
Esteros del Iberia
San Ignacio and the old Missions
Parque Nacional Iguazu
Salta (Pumancara, Maimara, Tilcara, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Quebrada de Cafayate)
San Agustin de Valle Fertil
Mendoza (Parque Nacional Aconcagua & wine country)
Parque Provincial Payunia
Bariloche
Parque Nacional los Alerces
Puerto Madryn
Puerto Deseado 
Rio Gallegos (Gaelle, is it really that bad?)
Rio Grande (Estancia Viamonte L)
Ushuaia
Fly back to Buenas Aires

Does anyone have any further tips?

Our backpacks are packed (it suprisingly only took 1 hour) and we are ready to party.

My last moment feelings are apprehension mixed in with total excitment. It's been over a year since our last big trip and I wonder whether the world has changed, or, dare I even suggest that I may have changed for the worse and won't enjoy the travels?

Perhaps it's more realistic to say that after our last experience, I now have very high expectations. I am looking forward to living like a nomad and carrying all my possessions in a single bag. It's strangely refreshing as you learn to think and care about what you have. I still ask myself questions though like I really survived with just 4 T-shirts for 1 year? That's what it says in our travelpod entry for 30 July 2006, so it must be true?

During this trip, I am sure that I will be searching out for the old faces that we kept bumping into during 2006. Was that why it was such a success? Argentina is a huge country and there seems to be a lot to see in a short space of time. Are we trying to do too much? 

I feel more nervous about the next 7 weeks than I did for the 1 year break. Perhaps this is because we will need to do so much in such a short space of time. Could it be because John has said that he does not want to write any travel blog entries and you will be stuck with my entries instead? (I hope that he will change his mind!) Or maybe it is because it was only decided about 2 weeks ago and I will be leaving tomorrow, straight after work.

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samira_steve
samira_steve on

Surprise!!!
This would be the exact words on my lips when I see you both in BA!

I can just about picture the wonderful moment. Me standing at the airport all dressed in my bright and colourful nomad outfit, a little nomad-Scotish/English man appearing in the distance, side by side next to this beautiful oriental looking girl.

As far as he is concerned, he is in heaven. Far far away from the moments of being a coach potato, or running on the bridge in St Neotes, looking all puffed and huffed. He turns and sees me....the cute smile on his face just goes away so quickly that the transformation from a happy bubbly little man to a horrified little man is almost too good to be true! She is here! He says with trembling lips and looks at Rachel, begging her to pinch him, so that this is nothing more than a terrible nightmare!

John, rest assured I won't be joining you in BA. But remember, I have your itinery! :))

Guys, have a fantastic fantastic time. You will enjoy it and you know what, if you don't stick to the itinery, it is not the end of the world, unless you do make it to Ushuai! :) Take your time. I will be reading your blog with anticipation and I can just about feel the travel animal in me growing again. Rachel you write as beautifully as John. So keep up the good work.

Missing you already, wish Ntia and Ramin a wonderful life together. Rachel, next time I see you, you and I will be running the St Neotes Fun Run. So come back in one piece please! ;)

Bye bye
xxx

conchi
conchi on

Have fun :)
Que os lo paseis muy bien.

Hasta pronto!
Conchi

dudley
dudley on

Avoid the hairdresser!
Enjoy the trip but be very careful Rachel if you visit the hairdresser before you set off! For a 7 week trip you might want to avoid the style you opted for at the beginning of your round the world trip!

John - Please come out of retirement and help out Rachel with writing some of the travel blog entries. Your writing style really does bring the entries to life especially when slumped infront of a PC waking up with a hot coffee on a dismal damp autumn morning in the UK.

Take care, enjoy yourselves and I look forward to following your progress.

Dud

rachel_john
rachel_john on

Re: Avoid the hairdresser!
Actually Dudley I'm trying to get to the hairdressers... but have fun out of time. Will have to get something done in S America. This will be very risky with my level of Spanish.

gaellelc
gaellelc on

Buen viaje!
Hey John & Rachel,

Did you arrive in Argentina yet? I'm sure you'll have a great time and will love this country. Within hours you will probably think you never stopped travelling at all since last year! You will remember the backpackers' routine in no time... wear the same shirt and socks for more than a day or two, forget about comfort, think in Spanish, sweat in the sun, look out for cybercafés and youth hostels...
Do try the local beer: it's pretty good though not as good as the Belgian beers of course ;-)
Enjoy it, hasta pronto!

Gaelle

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