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South America » Argentina » Chubut February 8th 2011

Continuing on from the previous blog Leaving Perito Moreno, our first stop was at Rio Mayo, in the Chubut Province, where we had a comfort stop. It is just a sleepy and dusty Patagonian town. I got chatting to Sarah, from Ireland, and we were commenting on how expensive Argentina has become. Still cheaper than the UK, especially with accommodation and transportation, but Argentina is now a lot more expensive compared to when I first started travelling there in 2007. Sarah is traveling around South America for five months and plans to travel to cheaper climbs after her stint in Argentina. I was able to practice my French with a French traveller who was travelling around South America for six months. We then moved on towards Gobernador Costa and we spotted some guancoes in the distance ... read more
Ready for the 2nd Day!
Dawn at Rio Mayo
Gobernador Costa

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz February 7th 2011

One of the main reasons why I wanted to return to this part of Argentina was to do the Ruta 40. I have heard mixed reviews about the La Cuarenta but I feel this is a journey I had to do for myself. I made a reservation before setting off for Argentina and paid for the two day trip at the Chalten Travel Turismo office in Buenos Aires when I arrived. I knew it would be a two long days of travelling with an average of 12 to 14 hours on the bus but I underestimated the amount of time it really took when I sat on the bus all that time! I decided to do a narrative version of the trip and divide this into two parts so it does not become too long winded ... read more
Dawn at Tres Lago, Ruta 40
The Ruta 40
A Lone Motorcycle

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate February 6th 2011

I took a short flight, just over an hour, from Ushuaia to El Calafate. Now I am beginning my journey up north through Patagonia and also look forward to slightly cheaper prices after Ushuaia! It was great returning to the Marcopolo Inn, a hostel I highly recommend, and my expectations were met again with its friendly staff and great rooms with my own ensuite bathroom which I got at a reasonable rate (around 35 GBP per room per night). I was in El Calafate last year and I saw the Perito Moreno glacier (See ). I did not feel I need to go again. I was interested in visiting the Upsala glacier but prices were expensive and also the national park entrance fee the tourists have to pay on top was extortionate! The prices were simply ... read more
Chilean Flamingoes
Lago Argentino
El Calafate

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia February 2nd 2011

An early morning start got me to the airport for my flight south to Ushuaia. Three and a half hours later, I arrived in a somewhat cooler Ushuaia which was refreshing after the BA heat! I knew in the heart of hearts that this is the closest I will ever get to Antarctica as the cruise prices are beyond my reach! I spent three days in Ushuaia and stayed in a great hostel, Los Cormoranes, up in the Ushuaia hills and had great views of The Beagle channel. I met some great travellers including those who were doing an Oasis Overland Tour across South America and some were staying in the same dorm as me. This included Mary and Julie from the UK who were doing a round a world trip as well as the Oasis´s ... read more
In Ushuaia
Faro Les Eclaireurs

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 30th 2011

Continued from Part 1 The Centro I had fun exploring downtown again and saw familar sights from last year such as the Obelisco; Teatro Colon, which has been renovated; Calle Florida; Gallerias Pacifico Shopping Mall; Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada. I had a look inside Catedral Metropolitana, Buenos Aires´s first cathedral with its neo-classical facade, which I presume is an European influence during The Enlightenment in the late 18th Century. One of the highlights of this beautiful cathedral was seeing the tomb of General Jose de San Martin who did so much for Argentina including its liberation during the 19th Century. It was also nice contemplating and taking a break from the heat by sitting in the pews. My tango experience continued on at the Confiteria Ideal after visiting El Ateneo bookstore. The cafe still ... read more
Confiteria Ideal
Teatro Colon

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 30th 2011

I have split my Buenos Aires stay in two parts The awaited day came when it was time to hit the road again. My parents dropped me off at Manchester Airport where my last visit was not pleasant thanks to the volcanic ash last April! Anyway, there were no problems with my flight to Paris and I feel now I can put behind that experience. After a 13.5 hour trip from Paris, I arrived in a sunny and hot (was not too hot, thankfully!) BA where I booked a remise to the hostel in San Telmo. Luckily, my room was ready so I more or less crashed out for the rest of the day catching up on sleep and overcoming my jet lag. Despite the heat, I did a fair bit of exploring. I did a ... read more
Recoleta Cemetary
Antique Market
Nuestra Señora del Pilar

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds December 26th 2010

A Winter Wonderland at Home! December 2010 was one the coldest winters I ever experienced and probably the coldest in my life! MSN news commented that December was the 'coldest in 120 years' with temperatures being low as minus 20 in some areas especially in the Scottish Highlands and the severe temperatures that brought most of the country to a stand still. Travelling for pleasure was not on everyone's priority list but I wanted to take the opportunity to enjoy the snow and the pretty scenery locally. Leeds did not escape from the big freeze and snow and this affected commuting to work. On a couple of days, I had to work from home because the buses were affected and I was concerned about being stranded at my office if the weather deteriorated. Fortunately, I did ... read more
Rockwell Nature Reserve & River Skerne
Through a Bus Shelter!
Sledging with my Niece!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater Manchester » Manchester December 16th 2010

I made a few trips to Manchester during the autumn. It is so easy going across as it is only an hour's train journey from Leeds. I thought I will sum up some highlights from my recent visits to the world's first industrial city. The Royal Exchange Theatre I saw Dr Faustus there in October. I thoroughly enjoyed the play and gained a better understanding from studying the play on one of my humanities modules. The Royal Exchange Theatre is a grade II listed Victorian building and this present building exchanged goods until 1968 and from 1972 the building was used as a theatre. You can admite the external and internal architectual beauty and how some things were left as they were when used for trading. Manchester Christmas Markets I joined a Virtual Tourist Meeting at ... read more
John Rylands Library
Manchester at Night
Manchester Christmas Markets

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster November 21st 2010

I made some weekend trips down to London during October and November. It was mainly to spend time with friends, see musicals and operas and also for visiting places of interest that complimented my university studies. I did not do as much sightseeing compared to when I was in London during the summer but there are some places where I would recommend visits to: St Martin-in-the-Fields I visited this beautiful church a couple of times during my travels. St Martin-in-the-Fields is landmark in its own right and adjacent to Trafalgar Square. On my first visit, I enjoyed exploring the church and admiring its architecture especially the new East Window and having refreshments at the Cafe in the Crypt. The highlight for me was sitting in the chruch and listening to the orchestra practice for one of ... read more
The British Library
Dr Johnson's House
We Won't Forget!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds September 20th 2010

During September we made some trips locally to Hull, Haworth and East Riddlesden Hall. I have been to Hull and Haworth before but it was nice to visit East Riddlesden Hall, a National Trust Property, for the first time. Hull My Dad and I made a trip to Hull one afternoon to visit The Museums Quarter and check out the maritime heritage that Hull is renowned for. On our arrival, we made our way to Hull's Old Time and to the Museums Quarter and visited the Streetlife Museum of Transport. At the museum we look around the exhibitions that celebrates 200 years of transport history including a short film; climbing on a bus, tram and signal box; walking down a 1940s high street; and finally rode in a stimulated carriage. I noticed the Green Cross Code ... read more
The Main Street
East Riddlesden Hall
Hull City Centre

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