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South America » Argentina May 13th 2004

I've jst had a fabulous week down in Ushuaia. Had the best crew staying at the hostel I was at and we had an absolute blast every day. Mostly we just ate great food, there were a couple of girls there from Barcelona, Dany and Silvia who were amazing cooks staying with us, so every night they cooked us up some amazing dish that we'd never heard of before, then we'd stay up to all hours drinking red wine, dancing salsa and trying to teach me spanish, it was awesome. The other two main guys from our group were Micheal and Shawn from America, top blokes, and both of them pretty much spoke fluent spanish so with all they're powers combined I learn't a lot of new stuff. I'm getting there slowly but I definately need ... read more
Ushuaia harbour at night
The Ushuaia crew
Me in the Tierra Del Fuego NP

South America » Argentina May 7th 2004

Well for the last few days I've been up in a little town called El Chalten with a German guy and a couple of Australian girls I met while back in the Torres Del Paine National park over in Chile. They were so cool, we camped for two night and hiked about 4 or 5 hours for the three days we were there. Me and Mike were in charge of putting up the tents and fighting of the mice, while the girls cooked us up mean feeds and pointed at mice for us to throw stuff at. It worked well. The trip up there from El Calafaté was a drag, 5hrs on a less then adequate bus on dodgey gravel roads. Most of the buses here are pretty worn out and your lucky if it doesn't ... read more
Day 1
Mt Fitzroy by moonlight
Mike and russ Vs the mice.

South America » Argentina May 3rd 2004

I'm staying in El Calafate at the moment, just lazing about and enjoying the nice weather. I'm staying in the best hostel I've stayed at so far. It's called America Del Sur, and it's run by a bunch of mid-20Yr old ex-pat Buenos Aires people who are so crazy and fun. And they're always chillin in the lounge with all the travellers with some sort of reggae music playing, and they've got under floor heating everywhere you go so the whole place has got just the best atmosphere.    Today I went to the Perito Moreno Glacier which was absolutely amazing! it's massive! It's about 5km's wide, and all up about as big as the Buenos Aires city. It's creaking and groaning all the time cos it moves forward at about two meters a day, and at one ... read more
Perito Moreno 2
Perito Moreno 3
Football mad around here!!!

South America May 2nd 2004

I just got back from a four day trek in the Torres del Paine national park which is on the Chilean side of Patagonia and man am I wasted! The weather wasn´t the best but the park was amazing. It´s just coming out of autumn and into winter at the moment so the leaves on all the trees are golds and oranges and yellows which looks awesome, especially with a bit of snow dotted around the place aswell. One morning me and an Israeli guy got up at like 6 in the morning to go and watch the sun rise over the Torres, but over night it had started snowing heaps and by the time we were about half way to the viewing place, we were walking in knee-deep snow and we couldn´t see the track anymore so ... read more
TDP Valley
King of the snow

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos May 1st 2004

Ok, random trivia. The Galapagos Islands are officially named the Archipelago de Colon; they are part of Ecuador and sit 960km off the Ecuadorian coast. They are also about 90% national park. The only way to walk on the islands is with a Park Naturalist/guide. These islands were the inspiration for Darwin’s Origin of Species. The islands are famed for their vast array of wildlife, much of it endemic. (Pick word I learned). The islands are most famous for the Giant Tortoises that are found there, but I think the birds provided a more spectacular show. But I get ahead of myself. I still had to get there and that was an adventure in and of itself. I was currently some 900 nautical miles away in Panama. (One nautical mile is about 1.15 statute miles … ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago April 26th 2004

Hola Amigos. How are you all doing? As I have mentioned I am working at a private school now. I work as a teachers aid in the English classrooms. I teach all ages from pre-kinder to 12th grade. Its actually a lot of fun. The smaller kids swarm me whenever I walk anywhere. I am hoping this will wear off soon, but its kind of fun. I had one kid in grade 4 asked me if I liked Beaver- when I replied yes, he got all excited and high fived all of his friends. Obviously he knew the second meaning! In another class I had to teach "iny meanie, miney moe, catch a tiger by the toe..." I have no idea why but the kids were thrilled. The teacher only knew the rhyme in Spanish. Its ... read more

South America » Argentina April 24th 2004

Well I´m here and safe and lost and loving it! I´ve been in Buenos Aires for nearly a week now and so far everything has been awesome! thanks heaps to everyone that came out to the airport the other day, it was a great send off and kept a smile on my face all the way to Argentina. And Mark you´ll be pleased to know that the lonely planet guide you gave me was the first thing I turned to when I got there, I opened it up and pointed at a juicey looking hostel to the weird taxi driver and he delivered me in one piece so cheers. So far I´ve been just bumming around in the city doing heaps of cool stuff and meeting a lot of rad people. I went to a Boca ... read more
Recoletta Cemetry
Chillin with dead dudes

South America » Brazil April 22nd 2004

Rio to Buenos Aires - One Month I hired an apartment with two friends from England in Rio and after they left I spent one more night to go to a Fat Boy Slim beach party and then i traveled to Ilha grande for more beach scenery and some abuse of caipirinias Sao Paulo was next and was very pleasant, with the usual mix of cool and historic buildings and it was very much like an ant farm with its large number of tower blocks. I stayed with a friend for a week who was nice enough to welcome me and show me round ... obrigado Thatiana Victorelli. Her sister took me to one of the football stadiums and I was surprised to see two telephones next to the goals and even more fluffing surprised when ... read more
Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande

So I met some nice people in Santiago and we planned to meet up in Puerto Montt. I originally never planned to go there so all the sudden I just went into the absolutely wrong direction. After a long ride on the Bus I finally got there, just realized that I totally overpaid for my busticket. They sold me a full cama ticket for about 40 Dollars which is way too much much but how can I know. I never went travelling before and nobody ever told me. Experience makes things much easier but I defenately want to find things out on my own, even if I step into the wrong direction every once in a while. Anyways, when I finally got to Puerto Montt in the morning, it was pretty cold and I was wandering ... read more
Beautiful lake

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