Day 22: From Lake District to Buenos Aires

Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 26, 2008

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Day 22:  From Lake District to Buenos Aires, Art Suites Buenos Aires
Wednesday, December 24th

Today we drive from Villa Traful to Bariloche and then fly to Buenos Aires!  This is the last opportunity to see the larger than life dramatic Patagonian landscape and start the transition back to civilization!
At breakfast, we learn that the restaurant in the hotel is operated by Luis, his wife and their son.  The wife gives us a plastic bag with something and says that it is from "her family to our family" and wishes us a happy holiday.  We say "equalamente", to you and your family!  While Harvey packs the car with our luggage, I get out the laptop to show her the rock painting at Casa de Piedra.  We all exclaim how fantastic it is! 

We drive back on the dirt road to Confluencia where we pick up the paved Route 237 toward Bariloche.  Just a bit south of Confluencia, Harvey recognizes Valle Encantada, where we had our multi-sport rock climbing, flyfishing and canoeing day with Anna & Gabriel.  It is just a beautiful drive into Bariloche!  We have concluded the circuit from Bariloche, along the Seven Lakes route and back on Route 63!
Although we had reservations for tonight, Christmas Eve, at a restaurant in Buenos Aires, we had checked in with TripAdvisor to see if there were any other options for us.  We really didn't think we wanted to have a big holiday meal on our last night in the big city.  We thought it would be too overwhelming after being out in the countryside.  We appreciated the suggestion of picking up some food in Bariloche as the supermarkets in BA would most likely be closed by the time our flight arrived.  We could then spend a quiet evening in our apartment at the Art Suites.  So, that's what we did!  Thank goodness for the power of group think!

In the hustle and bustle of Bariloche, we drive around and finally find a parking space.  It is 11:30 AM, and lots of people are walking along the store lined streets.  We find Carrefours supermarket and join many last minute Xmas shoppers.  We line up at the cashier to pay for our bread, cheese and salami. We already have apples and that wonderful chocolate from Marmalusia to add to our table!

Harvey drives the last stretch of road to the airport where we will meet Gabriel of Movil Rent a Car.  We remember some of the driving experiences - of curves, passing on a two lane road, parallel parking, night driving, gravel and dirt roads.  It's been fun to feel the freedom of the road!

We are surprised that the airport is not busy since it is almost Christmas Eve.  Harvey uses our waiting time to purchase a really good bottle of Malbec.  A young pretty woman in the store helps him with the selection and suggests this bottle and why not - its our last night!  So he splurges.  In the US, we would not be allowed to carry it on board the plane, but here, as long as it is not opened the bottle of wine can be.
And now we are surprised that the Lan flight is on time. We had the expectation that since it is the holidays there was the possibility of flight delays.  Today, we are fortunate!

On the plane, I continue to read my "Miraculous Living" book.  Today's passage highlight:

    "Freedom is within.  It is liberation from expectations and limiting perceptions."

    "The greatest freedom of all is to realize that you no longer need to live imprisoned by expectations and self-imposed limitations."

    "Life is like a hallway with many doors leading to various rooms of experience."

As I sit on the plane, I reflect on these concepts, and I feel my mind opening to possibilities.  I affirm that I will give myself the gift of time - time to learn, read, play and absorb...whatever it is I am doing, without expectations of learning in a certain period of time.

We have an on-time arrival and we are met by a remise, pre-arranged with the Art Suites.  Within twenty minutes we are met by Sergio at the Art Suites!  We put our bags in our apartment and quickly scoot across the street to the mini-market and pick up some fresh strawberries and bananas for tomorrow.

We settle into our apartment.  Harvey downloads the episodes of Boston Legal and House.  We set up our table with our food from Bariloche, open our very special bottle of wine, and toast a terrific trip to Argentina!  We had so many special experiences and had such a good time!  We are relaxed and rejuvenated from our explorations into this beautiful country!  We are very glad that we came!

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