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Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
Trip End Dec 20, 2010

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

After a tiring 28 hour bus journey from El Calefate we arrived back to the beautiful Bariloche were we had decided to spend another four nights as we loved it so much on our previous visit.  Our first night was spent in another dorm room in Hostel 41 Below (which was pleasant enough) before moving to Arko hostel a bit further out of town.  Arko was great as we had a little chalet to ourselves with an en suite (first so far on our travels) and a huge king size double bed (again first proper double mattress rather than two singles pushed together) so we felt like we were living it right up.

It was really fantastic being back in Bariloche especially as I was having withdrawal symptoms from my daily Rama chocolate experience.  I mentioned in my previous Bariloche blog that for some reason unknown to myself - the town is jammed packed full of chocolate shops.  Now as many of you will know I am one of those people who really doesn't get that excited about chocolate, I can pretty much go months without tasting it as crisps and cake tend to be my vice of choice.  This however all changed when we tasted our first Rama chocolate, which is basically like a massive fat flake.  Oh my goodness me!!!  I have never EVER tasted such gorgeous chocolate, so much so that I became slightly addicted to the stuff, making Mark and I (not that he needed any persuading like) visit the Rapi Nui chocolate shop everyday for my fix of gorgeousness!!!  I am having serious Rama cravings as I write this!!!!

While not eating chocolate, we spent our time just chilling out, going for nice walks, an odd jog and generally trying to sort out the next stage of our trip.  As you are all aware we were planning on leaving Bariloche and heading straight into Chile to travel for a few weeks, however with the massive earthquake impacting the country we felt it prudent to reconsider our travelling plans.  We heard various stories from fellow travellers regarding cancellations of buses and problems travelling throughout the country, so after much deliberation we decided to give Chile a miss in total (as the north appears to be less affected) and head straight to Peru instead.

Before leaving Bariloche we took the opportunity to post our thick jumpers home which came in very handy in Patagonia but hopefully from now on we won't be needing them so rather than toss them (as they weren't cheap) we thought better send them home.  Well what a pa-lava that was, so much so that I will never ever moan about the Royal Mail again.  So here goes my wee rant!!!! 

First of all we spent a morning acquiring a box - this wasn't that simple as the Post Office only has boxes big enough to fit a CD and apparently no bigger.  Luckily we managed to find the perfect box in the supermarket which was lucky.  We then bought some brown paper and some cellotape to secure our package.  All going well so far!  Miraculously we managed to fit everything in the box and Mark proceeded to turn the brown paper waterproof by wrapping the whole thing in cellotape - no sucker was going to get into that package.  Then off we headed that afternoon hoping that our package weighed no more than 5kg as it then got really expensive to post.  We stood in the biggest queue ever to get to the front for the wee man to weigh it (it was under 5kg - yipee) then ask us if we wanted to post it now!  Well duh!!! Silly question?  But apparently not as the only time you can post international packages was between 9-11am in the morning - so off we were sent with our "blinking" by this time box.  No worries for off we went the next morning bright and early to try and post our box.  After waiting in another queue we were told that we would have to open the package so that customs could inspect the contents.   You WHAT!!!!  Now as I mentioned above this wee box was wrapped up like Fort Nox and we had to take a pair of scissors and open the thing up so a wee woman could look at the top of the contents (please note here not all - so don't get the point of the exercise) and then happily tell us we could post our parcel.  An hour later we walked out of the post office waving goodby to a box that we will probably never see again cursing the Argentina postal system!  But as one Argentina said - well not to worry, thats Argentina for ya!!!  So note to anyone thinking of posting a parcel from Argentina - don't instead spend your time eating some Rama chocolates!!

All and all we had an another lovely few days in Bariloche and were really glad that we decided to visit again.  Next stop - Puerto Madryn on the east coast for a few days to visit the Penquins so expect lots of photos of them coming your way soon - can't wait!!  Chau for now Chicos!!!

Total time spent on a bus so far: 120.5 hours
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mum on

Oh, that was a good read, what alovely place you visited,no good asking for you to post chocolate it would never make it, i can but dream!!!!!!!!!!! Must say yo both look very well, travelling suits you maybe take it up proffessionally, you will already have one book ready for sale Claire it,s a craker so far. Tonight was great ,seeing you, can,t explain wwhat it is like even though reception was not great. Both pups are up here with me, snoring away.. What a laugh re parcel, did Mark have a tantrum ican just see his face. I do hope the package arrives sometime like your card Claire. Well it,s midnight here and fist day of Spring tommorrow so should be able tobe out in the garden more thats if the rain does not come.
Much love, happy wandering. mumx2 xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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