Hotel Iruna Mar del Plata
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This has been a wind down day with general relaxing and exchanging addresses. At the 0745 wake up call it was already 25 degrees so the days are definitely getting warmer. It is now time to pack away the cold weather clothes and brace for high temperatures. One particular presentation today was really inspiring. It was an honour to listen to Laurie Dexter, the team historian, talk about the first group to walk/ski across the Arctic. ...
... each estancia, or farm. We've made it to Patagonia. There are no people here until we arrive at Comodoro Rivadavia, a kind of working man's town with lots of hustle bustle on the main street. Petrolium is the game here. There's little else as the land is just big hills of gravely dirt.
So we took the bus down the coast to Rada Tilly, the nearest tourist town. It has a very wide beach and, this being Saturday, there was a big rugby tounament going on ...
... not on the podium. Saw a bit of bird life, sooty shearwaters, albatrosses. Rain and lightning in the evening. A couple of our waiters are from India and Keith discusses cricket with them.
Tuesday 17th still going south.
Much cooler day. At 7am, we walked a kilometre on deck 11, the walking track deck, then went to a stretching class. Chris is not going to zumba as it is $10 per class.
Today's lectures were 'Sea Mammals of the ...
... couldn't help but feel part of their family by the end of the day! Crazy place for sure, but makes you appreciate our beautiful white sand and quiet beaches on the Goldy that's for sure. At least the swim suits of the locals are getting bigger and at least covering their bits compared with ...
At least in Chile people usually stop at zebra crossings,
where in Argentina they are allowed to fade to nothing and you cannot rely on
anyone to stop, even in a slow moving queue of cars. Conversely, every tiny
town in Argentina has a big bright shiny freshly painted casino!
Back to the very boring 6 hour bus ride to Neuquen, followed
by a similar 2 hour wait there for the bus to Mar del ...