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Published: October 30th 2019
Got up to pop to the loo at around midnight. Comment to anyone who’s listening that the sky is full of stars. Am just having a wee when there’s the sound of a bucketful of water hitting the floor! Maia has been violently sick, stumbles into the bathroom and delivers another load into the sink as I’m on the loo. Awesome! Try to put the light on, but there’s no electricity. Try to flush the loo but there’s no water. David is up and puts the mobile phone light on. Maia and I are trapped in the bathroom by a sea of sick. David throws me a pair of socks so I can try to hop over it back into the bedroom. I go downstairs in the hope or finding someone who can give me some cleaning materials or something but there’s absolutely no one around and everything is dark. Go back upstairs and decide there’s nothing for it but to cover vom pool with a towel for now and go back to bed. Poor Maia has a rinse with bottled water and gets back into bed feeling shivery. Eventually after some cuddles and extra blankets we shove my bed next
to Maia’s so I can give her some body heat. She warms up and drops off. Hope she feels better in the morning.
Wake up to see the bathroom light is on, so we have power again. Find a plunger and some cloths under the bathroom sink so spend half an hour binning the gross towel, cleaning up the sick on the floor, door and wall rinsing everything off in the shower and trying to clear the blockage in the sink with a plunger. The floor job goes ok but there’s no way I can budge the sick in the sink so I have to leave it and cover the scene of the crime with a bathmat. 😑
Maia is ok-ish when she wakes up but has zero energy and won’t be able to face today’s catamaran ride, 11km hike and kayaking next to Grey Glacier. With Andrea’s help we decide to stay put, book an extra night in Nash Lodge and aim to try for kayaking tomorrow on the Rio Serrano instead. We have breakfast and Maia manages a couple of pieces of apple before crawling back to bed. The poor staff kindly sort out the bathroom
for us and disinfect everywhere. David and I leave Maia to get some sleep and have a short walk along the Rio Serrano with Andrea. Carolina, the lovely manageress, agrees to keep an eye on Maia for us.
The beauty on today’s walk is that we are absolutely alone. The only life we see are horses and birds. We see a hawk take off with some poor rodent in his claws. We see an eagle, more geese and an assortment of other smaller birds and ducks. It’s utterly peaceful and in places reminds us very much of the New Forest. The Calafate plant looks just like gorse, with its yellow flowers and spines. And the gnarled old trees covered in lichen and moss would not look out of place in the New Forest. We spend a pleasant 3 hours ambling to an unofficial lookout which we name Mirador Serrano.
Back at base camp Maia is looking and feeling hot, but happy that she is horizontal and snuggled in bed. The kitchen staff have kindly made her some apple purée so she has that along with some biscuits and an orange. We have our packed lunch at the dining room table with Andrea and drink lots of tea. Quiet afternoon having a siesta, reading and Whatsapping.
The day passes us by. We have a Patagonian beer at 6.30pm, light supper at 7pm and are in bed by 9pm. Maia’s feeling a bit better. David’s not feeling great. The one consolation to the day is that the sunset is superb.
Andrea has organised kayaking for us tomorrow, so fingers crossed everyone’s in a fit state and we can enjoy our final day in Torres del Paine. 🤞
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