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Published: January 17th 2018
Greetings from sunny Argentina! We made it through Buenos Aires (38 degrees) to wonderful San Carlos de Bariloche in the lake district of northern patagonia (24 degrees). 3 nights in a youth hostel (everyone was so kind as well as not as young as we had thought) ) and 3 days cycling and taking our first walk in the foothills of the Andes. Crumbs they are HUGE...... "can't wait for the real thing" (Jan)...... "let's climb that one" (Pete).
I promise not to take a picture of every bridge we come across but I have attached a picture of our first Argentinian bridge. I think they will get more scary than this one....we'll wait and see and I will be sure to keep you informed.
And just as we were getting used to the malbec and the sunshine the bell rang and we started school en espagnol. How many years has it been since we begged the clock to move a little faster and for break time to arrive? Today is day 2 of a week long "intensive" (their word) "horrendous" (our word) course in the wonderfully named La Montana language school. There are THREE people in our class
and as 2 of them are us that doesn't leave many questions that are directed at a non-Lowe. By 1230 today (lessons start at 9) we were unable to think in English let alone in Spanish and I (Jan) couldn't even remember my name. Thankfully Pete kept the British flag flying (albeit limply) in a desperate competition with our Estonian classmate. It seems that there are no games afternoons or even the odd maths class to brighten our days, but our poor poor teacher is lovely and I suspect she is looking forward to Friday as much as we are! And anyway we will be fluent by then......
Oh and we are currently staying with an Argentinian family in a hopelessly optimistic plan to be able to discuss the problems of the world with them over supper. There are also Jens and Ellen from Denmark (Spanish level 1 million) and Kristina from Switzerland (Spanish level 3 million) and us (Spanish Level de nada). Dinner is a chatty affair (for some) and not so chatty (for others). Surprisingly no-one seems intensely interested in knowing that the window is closed which was one of Pete's more ambitious conversation openers.
expect we will have to write the next blog in Spanish as we will be unable to remember any English words by Thursday...
Hasta lluego (or hasty loo go, depending on your current intestinal position)
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