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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 30th 2010

I was thinking of a title to call this blog. I think this title is an appropriate one because Scotland can be renowned for rain and, unsurprisingly, it was a rainy and drizzly day, when I took a Timberbush Tours day trip around the Highlands. I wanted to do this specific tour when I was in Edinburgh in January but it was sold out and I took the West Highlands one (See ) instead. With hindsight it was probably best doing my first choice tour this time round because of the longer days. After a sleepless night and early start, we left Edinburgh and, via Stirling, we had our first stop in Kilmahog where it started raining and never totally stopped for the rest of the day. When it stopped it was replaced with the odd ... read more
Great Glen
Approaching Loch Ness

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds May 1st 2010

During April and at the beginning of May I made two day trips to Durham and Newcastle. Durham My parents and Angie dropped me off in Durham on their way to Edinburgh. Durham is a wonderful historic city between Darlington and Newcastle. Durham is quite small compared to York and Edinburgh. It took me only half a day to look around the main attractions. I had a walk by the River Wear where you can look up to Durham Cathedral, the city's impressive landmark when everyone sees when arriving in the city especially by train. Then I visited the cathedral which is an impressive building. The cathedral was built from 1093 to 1274 AD and I took the opportunity to climb up the tower and got great views despite the weather being overcast. After visiting the ... read more
Newcastle City Centre
View of the Castle from the Top
Market Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds April 24th 2010

Since our trip was cancelled, I had some time off work although I returned earlier than scheduled. We made some day trips to Castle Howard, near York, and Quarry Bank Mill, in Cheshire and near Manchester Airport. I also made trips to Durham and Newcastle, which are in a future blog. Castle Howard My Dad dropped my Mum, Angie and I off at the entrance gates while he drove on to visit Eden Camp near the Yorkshire Coast. We felt we had paid more than what we should for what we got. We spent a couple of hours exploring the extensive grounds before visiting the house. I enjoyed exploring the grounds including the formal gardens, the South Lake, the Mausoleum and the Temple of the Four Winds. It was interesting to look at the various statues ... read more
Quarry Bank Mill
South Lake

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater Manchester » Manchester April 15th 2010

On the very day we were going to fly out to Greece and meet our cruise ship, we never thought nor anticipated that a volcanic eruption would be in our way!! It was very unexpected!!! The volcanic ash ascended from Iceland and descended into the UK airspace causing severe flight restrictions. This meant on our arrival, Manchester Airport was officially closed and chaos reigned!!! We did not hear anything on the news prior so the situation came to us as a complete shock! We thought there was a glimmer of hope for us to still fly when we checked in but this was diminished quickly when we were given food vouchers for our indefinite wait. I would have preferred to have been told the trip was off and then go home than doing all this waiting ... read more
The Flight Information Screens at Manchester Airport

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury March 28th 2010

I was in London recently where I attended a Study Day at the British Museum. The Study Day complemented my current university studies so I thought it would be a good idea to go. I went down to Kings Cross the previous evening and stayed overnight at the hostel nor far from the station. I was relieved it was a short walk because of the rain!!! I simply checked in at the hostel and settled down for the night. The next morning after breakfast, I checked out and walked to the British Museum. I have been to the museum many times previously but not recently. First thing I noticed was the interior change! There must have been some extenstive refurbishments since my last visit. I was impresseed with the space and lighting! I think John Soane, ... read more
British Museum
London's Calling!
British Museum

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 6th 2010

After a very long and turbulent (It was scary to say the least!) flight, I eventually landed in Paris, for an hour and a half's transit before flying to Manchester where my parents met me and took me home to Leeds. My parents spent a month in the Caribbean and they arrived the same day as I did so they picked me up at the airport on their way home from Gatwick Airport. I thought it would be nice to round off my trip and also my thoughts about Argentina in doing an overall summary. Hostels My first hostel in BA on my first leg of the trip was the Garden Hostel in San Telmo. It was adequate although I found my room too hot because of the weather. However, the staff were nice and friendly ... read more
Experiencing Patagonian Wind!!!

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 4th 2010

I returned to Buenos Aires for the final leg of the trip after a slight delay with my flight from El Calafate. I was watching on the news earlier on in the day that BA is having a lot of rain and is on thunder/lightning alert!! I reckon that my final days will be doing BA "indoors". I checked into my hostel before wandering out to find an ATM and get something to eat. During my mission, the heavens opened and I gave up so I went to the local kiosk for some provisions and retired to my room. The next day, after a good night´s sleep, I woke up to more rain and it was likely that my day would be doing "indoor" things. After chatting to some Canadians, Donna Lee and Andrea, over breakfast, ... read more
San Telmo
Map of San Telmo
The Lady Herself!

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate February 3rd 2010

I spent almost a week in El Calafate, a tourist town in Southern Patagonia and it is a three hour flight down from Buenos Aires. Calafate is the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park. I stayed in a wonderful hostel, The Marcopolo Inn , just outside the town and a 10 minutes walk to the centre. The hostel is probably the best I ever stayed in and I highly recommend it with its friendly staff. The first four nights I stayed was in a dorm, which was nice and I could not ask for nicer dorm mates. I then spent a few days in Chalten and returned to the hostel for two nights and stayed in a private room, which was great! I felt pampered and the room was more like a hotel room with ... read more
The clouds!
Full Moon!
More clouds!

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 1st 2010

I spent a few days in El Chalten in the north of Los Glaciares National Park, three hours north from El Calafate. The scenery was of an interesting contrast, one side of the bus was of Patagonian steppe and on the other side was of lakes, rivers and mountains! We had comfort stop at a cafe on the Ruta 40 before continuing and eventually turning off on the Ruta 23 towards El Chalten. Before arriving in El Chalten, we stopped twice. First stop was for a photo of the village and the surrounding mountains then the second stop was a visit to the Information Centre where we were briefed about the National Park including the dos and donts. For example, there is the huemel, a type of deer, which is endangered and dogs are a threat ... read more
Welcome to El Chalten
View of the Rio de las Vueltas
A sign regarding Huemels

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 29th 2010

After an unsettling night with a very early start and the fact that I was woken up at 2.00am with two new dorm mates arriving in the dorm, I got up for a 5.30 am start for the day trip to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Noelina, my dorm mate, joined me and we waited in the lobby for the bus. After spending a lengthy time at Argentine/Chilean immigration/customs, we met our guide who was going to take us round the park and after a comfort stop at Cerro Castillo, a Chilean border town, we transferred to our mini bus. We first stopped at Lago Sarmiento then onto Laguna Amarga where we saw stunning views of the three Torres, that the park is famously renowned for! We saw a variety of animals in the ... read more
View of the Cuernos!
Torres del Paine National Park
Cerro Castillo

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