Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
46Trip End Mar 27, 2013
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Bariloche - The Swiss Alps of South America as they like to call it. A largely ski resort town it is filled with nice restaurants, expensive outdoor gear shops (seriously, I don't know what kind of import taxes they have or if keystone markup is nonexistent here, but a name brand daypack was coming in at $200USD when it would have been $75USD or less in the states) and architecture reminiscent of that log cabin/Tudor style that comes to mind when you think of pretty much any ski town.
Finally, we are officially in Patagonia and are so happy to see the beautiful mountains and to breathe in some fresh air after the incident in Buenos Aires left us shook up and feeling a bit defeated
The next day, Kendra wakes up feeling a bit under the weather and overall exhausted. Thus is the life of a traveler - you never get to sleep in, always on someone else's schedule or minding the hostels checkout time and and sharing a room with 8 strangers, you never get a decent nights sleep. Kendra takes advantage of the fact that we are here for two nights and goes back to bed after breakfast while Lydia sets out to see what this tiny town has to offer. After wandering a bit, and having a cafe con leche, Lydia comes back to get Kendra to make her lunch (fried cheese, garlic and onion empanadas), and prepare for a midday trek.
The day hike that is recommended by our very lovely host is up to Mt. Llao Llao., pronounced schjao schjao... (Life is so hard with all these different accents.) The hike is absolutely beautiful but reminds us how out of shape we truly are and makes Lydia a bit worried about our future ten day hike in Torres del Paine. We stay in this evening working on future plans and blog writing, and anticipate the mornings election results.
An interesting note while traveling close to the election time is that most everyone (South American, German, etc) we've met mentions something about it
We lazily pack and head out to catch our bus to El Bolson. Kendra buys Lydia a lovely child's school bag to replace the stolen backpack and we're off to hippy country.
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