waning wanderer


waning wanderer

The wanderer is back again. A short trip to Patagonia completed (Feb 20th - March 7th).

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Sussex » Haywards Heath March 7th 2014

Greetings patient ones. I landed back in the UK to blue skies and warm sunshine - an unexpected pleasure. Some 56 hours after leaving El Calafate, two buses, a taxi, three planes, four airports, and two trains later the wanderer is back in the wee abode he chooses to use as the base for his life. The body is weary and the mind is finding it somewhat tricky to comprehend (once again) the instant switch of context that happens when you board a plane half a (very different) world away and then find yourself in familiar surroundings at the other end. I'll try to go back and update some trail details but the mind is too blurred for the moment. The body needs a bath and the brain needs time to lie still in its juices ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas March 6th 2014

Long bus rides all worked smoothly despite the usual confused border crossings (out one, in the other, exit here, enter there, scan there, don't bother there, fill in these forms but you don't need that one, give that one there, this one here, that one's just for decoration etc etc). Evening arrival in PA leaves little chance for anything beyond a wee stroll around town before a good night's rest in a decent bed. Another sunny morning is with me as I type, the last bits being packed up, the short trip out to the airport and then three flights north, north east, north north east will land me back under the grey skies of Heathrow. Feels like a bit of a short dipping of the toe into South American trekking but it's been wonderful. The ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate March 4th 2014

Hi all. Apologies for the lack of updates. Been out from Torres del Paine (TdP) for three days now but have been filling the hours with rather a lot of living instead of typing. This'll be a short update and perhaps a longer one will appear once I've made it home and if I manage to find an evening free to meander back through the memories of this trip. So, a brief summary will have to suffice: 1. Arrived Punta Arenas (PA), found FD already installed in hostal. Shower, out into town to find the bus company and book a bus to Puerto Natales (PN) the next day, then random dinner consisting mostly of confusion about what we ordered, then sleep. 2. Rise and wander around town a bit, pick up a couple of last minute ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Puerto Natales February 23rd 2014

Long but pleasant bus ride brings the wanderer under the snow-patched peaks and icy coastal waters of Puerto Natales. Much booking means the (slightly amended) plan is now lined up for an exit from the park the evening before originally planned and then onwards into Argentina and to El Calafate, gaining access to the Perito Moreno glacier. Many, many more hours on many more buses lie in this wanderer's near future but much, much beauty lies at either end of every one of them. Tomorrow begins six nights in tents under the grandeur of the Torres del Paine. A long standing plan rolling into sight.... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas February 22nd 2014

Long, long, long flights down bring the wanderer to the edge of the Magellan strait - the end of the world feeling is close. More to come some other time but lazy breakfast this morning before a long bus ride to Puerto Natales.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Sussex » Haywards Heath February 20th 2014

Off to Heathrow :)... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Sussex » Haywards Heath February 15th 2014

Being in the middle of one of those work phases, this trip is shorter than might otherwise be desired but it allows the wanderer to visit a long-held target (the Torres del Paine). Also hoping to visit the Perito Moreno glacier. On the afternoon of February 20th, a long series of flights (LHR > MAD > SCL > PUQ) will find the wanderer in one of the southern-most airports of our planet - Punta Arenas (pretty close to the bottom of Chile) on the afternoon of February 21st. If all goes well, the wanderer finds a fellow wanderer (FD - last found in the Khumbu in December 2012) awaiting his arrival. The next day, the wanderers hope to find a long bus ride to Puerto Natales. An overnight pause and supply stop and then another bus ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Clevedon March 27th 2013

Back in the icy UK. Flights all went as smoothly as can be expected. All still in one piece this end. Wonder how much longer this particular beautiful corner of the south west will be classed as home? Not long me thinks. Thanks for following me on the latest set of trails. Now to have a chat with my brain and see if I can work out which time zone we think we're in...it's either 10am or 11pm but not sure it feels like either and not sure it makes a difference either way really...... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Mangere March 26th 2013

Woke to a message from Singapore Airlines saying my flight's been delayed by nearly four hours so a morning of relaxing and watching the England batsmen exhibit admirable patience as they try to bore New Zealand to a stalemate. I've avoided the temptation to dash in to town and catch an hour or two of the match. If the new flight time proves real, then it'll chop my transfer time in Singapore from 4.5 hours to 1 hour, which is probably about as close as one would like to cut it. Here's hoping it all works out. Update from Changi Airport, Singapore: Made it here in good time for onward flight to London so it's all worked out rather well. And well done to our Sussex man Matt Prior for rescuing the final test :)... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Mangere March 25th 2013

Long drive to Christchurch to return the van (it's a relief to be free of it) and then to the airport for the flight to Auckland. Cloudy day down below but a few snatched sights of Marlborough Sounds and Taranaki hiding under a cloud. Typing from the plush, relaxing bar of my overnight hotel near the airport. Lazy start tomorrow to catch lunchtime flight to Singapore and from there on to the frozen UK. If someone could organise for a bit of a thaw before I land early Wednesday morning, that would be much appreciated...... read more

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