Wales in Coastal Patagonia
Sep 20, 2010
Dec 18, 2011
Where I stayed
Ty Hen Ffordd
The next morning we were 30km from Trelew when our bus broke down. Yeah, we thought, we can have one of those interesting bad travel stories that we’ve heard from so many people
. No such luck. 20 minutes later a bus pulled up behind us and everyone going to Trelew was put on that. We were barely 30 minutes late! Once in Trelew we hopped straight on a bus to Gaiman, another Welsh town similar to Trevelin by the Andes. We found a lovely place to stay called Ty Hen Ffordd (which apparently means 'The Old Way’) and wandered off to Ty Nain for a large afternoon tea. It’s quite expensive to get afternoon tea in these places because it's such a tourist thing. However when they offered us our third plate of bread and tried twice to get us to have more cakes we thought it’s not such a bad price for an ‘all you can eat’ sugar fest. Kevin got quite excited by the tea on this visit - he can’t believe why he didn’t like tea before and is so much a tea convert he can’t wait to get home and drink more tea! After tea we tried to visit the World Record holding recycled garden (yes there is such a thing) – flowers made out of tin cans etc. Yes it sounds rubbish (!) and it was. So much so that when we got there we realised that it hadn’t managed to get enough visitors to stay open and the property was up for sale.
Later that evening we met a Welsh couple in our hotel and we spent a good couple of hours talking to them, and ended up joining them for dinner. It was great having some company for dinner and in the time we were with them we talked about every topic under the sun which was great! Helpfully their daughter is getting married next year so we managed to pick their brains for a while on how much things should cost and more importantly how to search for a venue! They are first language Welsh speakers and we got to hear them speaking Welsh to another Welsh person living in Gaiman whilst in a Welsh town in Argentina. We thought that was pretty cool.
We left Ushuaia with our fingers crossed in the taxi on the way to the airport that there weren't new ash problems and Calafate airport would be open – we’re flying back to Rio Gallegos but via El Calafate. When we got to the airport we found out that there were problems and our plane was being diverted….direct to Rio Gallegos!! I have to say our lack of transport issues so far has made the 14 months away more comfortable than some travel stories you hear. We therefore got to Rio Gallegos a lot earlier than expected and had quite a while to wait before our 8pm night bus to Trelew. As it was still not the most inspiring town 3 days after our first visit we spent our time in a café eating massive milenese and checking the internet.