Buses, Bingo and Bread

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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On a bus somewhere near Bariloche maybe?

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

We woke up at 7.30am and had the free breakfast of coffee, bread and jam in the hostel before we got a taxi to the bus station at 08:15. We sat around at the bus station as bus after bus arrived none of them ours. I nipped to the bakery to get some sandwiches just in case nothing was served on the bus and managed to have a whole conversation in Spanish (well sort of I asked for the rolls and then the cost). Eventually our bus arrived so we went up on the top deck (downstairs was first class) found our seats and promptly fell asleep (Andrew edit - Ahem... One of us fell asleep).  We awoke a couple of hours later to a ham and cheese sandwich and some orange pop brought by the steward.  The same pattern continued for the rest of the afternoon we got coffee and a biscuit, then watched a couple of films that were in English but had Spanish subtitles and then the whole bus was invited to play bingo.  As the prize was a bottle of wine Andrew was adamant that we have a go so we got out the phrase book and away we went.  We didn't win in the end but it was good practise for us. 

Later on, at about 9pm, we were served dinner on a plastic tray – Andrew started to sing 'This is the closest thing to crazy’ by Katie Melua but swapped the crazy to ‘prison I have ever felt’.  To be honest it wasn’t that bad but it was looking that way as we got ham and cheese, a roll, a sachet of mustard mayonnaise and a thimble full of cold rice and peas – this was until we later got a roast chicken leg and mash which I really enjoyed followed by a cup of 7up.  Apparently fizzy drinks are very popular in Argentina even more so than wine, crazy people!  Plus everybody eats their evening meal really late the restaurants don’t even open until 8pm usually or if they do you find yourself sat in an empty restaurant with no atmosphere.  We watched another film called Law Abiding Citizen which was really good and then at midnight all the lights went out and we managed to get to sleep, Andrew had taken a couple of herbal sleeping pills which seemed to work thank god as this is going to be the first of a few long, long bus rides. (Andrew edit - I did manage about 5.5 hours sleep and Erica in total managed about 16 hours... how can that be possible!!)  Erica edit:  Can I still get away with jet lag this long after the fact?

Just for the record we have no idea where we were but we know we passed through Bariloche at about 11pm so that will do for our pin map. For an idea of distance it is about 1650 km we travelled in 24.5 hours. The scenery didnt change all that much so no pictures I'm afraid.
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John Darlington on

Keep on having a good time you lucky blighters! See you on the Cristmas tree, I'll be the fairy on the top.


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