Tour of pain

Trip Start Jun 26, 2005
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Trip End Apr 10, 2006


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Sunday, November 6, 2005

What a dreary day, we left at 5am in the morning and got back about 11pm having spent the whole day, save about 1.5 hours, on a bus doing a tour of Torres del Paine....and it was a pain. Stopping for about 5 minutes to half an hour in 3 places to take a photo! Whilst the lakes were very pretty and the Lago Gray truly amazing, I am not convinced it was worth all that travelling. Nonetheless, I did it and to see these icebergs up close is a truly magical experience. They look almost blue and are just so pure looking. It is scary to think that 90 percent of their mass is below the water line. We had to walk across a rope bridge to cross, the guide thought it highly entertaining to bounce and swing it as we went..can you get rope bridge sickness?

Once more we had to be saved, this time by an Irish chap called Neil who kindly shared his lunch with us. We had refused to pay 6 pounds each for a sarnie near the border crossing so whilst we had some chocolate and crisps there was nothing substantial. We thought we could pick something up at the restaurant the other guide said we would be picnic-ing near (usually you can get some bread etc), but it turned out we did not go to that picnic area! We were very lucky he had smuggled his ham and bread over the border (we had to cross into Chile and out again so another 4 passport controls and another page of stamps!) as we had already had to relinquish our fruit to customs for the umpteenth time this week.

I had to laugh when during our bus journey (no toilets anywhere to be seen for a lot of the time) Caroline was so desperate she asked me to get the bus driver to stop, which he did. Caroline ended up having a tinkle behind the bus on the highway ..I tried to protect her dignity with my fleece but luckily only the nearby cows took interest.

On route we also saw osteriches (well tiny versions of) and lots of cute baby lambs (its spring here). Fortunately, they did not have to see Caroline waving her bum in the air.

Ho hum, is it any wonder my sleeping patterns are warped with all these weird and wonderful sleeping times.

p.s. forgot to mention the guide laughed as we crossed a bridge and said ´phew we made it´. Apparently the roadworks next to us were the start of a new bridge as the old one was no longer considered safe!
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