Brian´s Birthday Bash

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
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Hosteling International

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

After our longest bus journey, 43 hours, which included a stop in Rio Gallegos,the furthest south any of us has ever been, we FINALLY arrived into El Calafate. Steve and Pa were absolutely exhausted after the trip however Brian didnt feel the journey at all thanks to the best purchase he has made in South America.....an inflatable cushion. We reckon he slept 40 hours out of the 43 we were travelling for.

The next day after assessing our options we decided to rent a taxi for the day in order to go and see the Perito Moreno glacier.The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating. The Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 kilometres wide, with an
average height of 74 m above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino. It has a total ice depth of 170 metres, so with our taxi and Bock lunch we set off to see some ice. When we finally saw the glacier it was safe to say it was worth enduring the 43 hour bus ride. What made it better was the fact that we seen a bit of the glacier break off and come thundering down into the sea. Steve was begining to speed up the pace at which we were walking, maybe this was due to the fact that he had opted for shorts instead of pants and was begining to feel the coldness of Patagonia.

We returned back to the hostel for a siesta before heading out in town for Briansy´s birthday bash. After drinking a bit in the hostel we took a stroll into town. The Israellis in our room must have thought they were back at home when Steve decided to lob a glass onto the roof of our hostel/barn and it smashed to pieces on the galvanised steel. When walking through the town we bumped into a couple we had met in Bolivia (Dan and Helen) so we joined them for a few more drinks. In our first pub a birthday cake was organised and Brian got happy birthday sung to him in Spanish. On our next bar Dan decided it was obligitary for Brian to have a shot of Tequila on his birthday. This would be Brians last drink of the night as the inflatable cushion was calling him.

Pa and Steve still had a bit of life left in them after the club so when a few locals offered them a tour of the area....adventure beckoned. Before we knew where we were, Pa was in a field taming a white horse while Steve was drinking wine out of a cardboard carton. It was like a scene from Into The West with Tayto and Tir na nOg. On our return to the hostel we ran into some very friendly cops who could only laugh at our shenanagins. We got back to the hostel at about 9:15 and were woken to leave the place at 9:30. When Brian couldnt get Steve out of bed, Pa kindly offered to take over waking up duties and said to Brian Ïll get him up!!!¨ before shoeing Steve up the arse. A fight then broke out between the two Currans who were still under the influence at this stage....very Irish. The Israellis in the room really didnt know what was going on at this stage and we think they were glad to see the back of us. We capped off Brians birthday weekend by nearly missing the bus but all in all El Calafate was a good spot for us.

P.S. There a lot more pictures from here but ´Technology Pa´ is up to his old tricks again, his camera his giving him a bit of trouble so he couldn´t get the photo´s up. Brian does not mind that one bit for this entry though...
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