Al fin del mundo

Trip Start Jan 29, 2007
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Trip End May 30, 2007


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Saturday, March 3, 2007

Ushuaia is lovely. A total tourist town but it sort of reminds me of ski towns in Europe.

I have been staying in Cruz del Sur hostel, which is small and cosy. A couple of Italian guys from Puerto Madryn were staying there so we decided to meet up with them too. The place is basic, but has a very homely feel to it. Every day people come and go, so have met a load of new people....some very nice, some annoying.

There was this one high pitched squeeky American girl. By accident I managed to convince her to put her wet clothes in the fridge as I told her that they would dry quicker. This was a prime example of mis-communication. I was chopping tomatoes and she was drying her wet clothes with a hairdrier. She was talking about her wet clothes, I was talking about my tomato issues, as the tomatoes were not very easy to chop because they were squishy. I said that if you put tomatoes in the fridge for a bit, they become firmer because they dry up. She thought I was telling her that her clothes would dry quicker in the fridge. She seemed confused and kept asking me for reassurance. Of course I believed that tomatoes would firm up in the fridge so I promised her it was true.

It was only when I went to get some juice out of the fridge later that I saw her clothes in there and it clicked what had happened. I avoided her while she became the laughing stock.

Apart from chopping tomatoes and confusing americans, I have been walking in the national park. It is stunningly beautiful. Took a coastal trail that followed the mountain laden coastline. It was serene and stunning.

Unfortunately  the weather is unpredictable here. One minute it is clear and warm, the next it is freezing, windy and snowing. Very random. But that is what you get at the end of the world.

Met a couple of Israeli girls at the hostel who were staying there to avoid the millions of Israelis who were staying in other hostels. The next day a million Israelis arrived. Met a loat of them and been out drinking with a few...very nice people.

Also met 3 people in the hostel who are going on the same boat to Antarctica today which is a plus.

My mum arrived yesterday, so we checked into a hotel which was a world removed from the hostel....room had a sea view which was lush.

We went to see the glacier then had a brilliant steak and a bottle of red wine. Mum was pissed on half a bottle so she took a taxi back to the hotel while I went to the hostel and met up with some mates and carried on till 3.30am. Had to check out at 10 the next morning and have just been bumming around town waiting for the boat.

In fact, gotta go get the boat now, so will fill you in on Antarctica when I get back.

Hasta pronto!
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