Ice, Wind and Victory in Argentine Patagonia
Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
33Trip End Apr 20, 2009
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I had done a little research on the internet and locally and was delighted to have located a bar here in the arse-end of Patagonia, that had the sports cable channel ESPN and which would be broadcasting the final game of the Six Nations. The anticipation was all the greater, having missed two years of games, due to being in obscure locations, and, of course, because Ireland have had such a good season and the Grand Slam was at stake (I may have missed all the games, but my sources have kept me informed!) And it was, indeed, great to be able to see the game... but sitting in a tame wee bar, with a handful of other foreigners and disinterested locals, with zero atmosphere, and trying to make out the unfolding events on a tiny tv screen with a low-volume commentary in Spanish... well, it really didn't cut it. And then the total lack of reaction and wild celebrations when we won our first Grand Slam in 60 odd years... I just wanted to be back home where the party was!
From El Calafate, we moved on to El Chalten, 'trekking capital of Argentina', and a spot where I had great intentions to do a few good hikes... but the last few weeks have taken it out of me, and I just couldn't bear to do battle with the vicious Patagonian wind for hours at a time, hiking up the nearby trails to lakes and mountains. I chose, instead, to enjoy the view from the warmth of my hostel, to lie in bed and read, and to enjoy meals and wine with my temporary travel-mates, along with visits to the village's micro-brewery. I felt guilty about not being 'out there' but I have had it with the wind... I'm starting to get that siege mentality I get in the Sligo winter!
Next stop = warm sunshine and no wind!