Waiting for a bus...

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 10, 2010

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

...so now we're waiting for a bus. We've been waiting for about 2 or 3 days. The cheaper one that doesn't leave at 3am or take 36 hours instead of 28 only leaves on Tuesdays and Fridays. So we've ended up staying a few more days than planned in Calafate. Nevermind - can't complain. Yesterday we didn't do much ... the day before we mainly sorted out our next hostel and booking the bus ... so today we decided we needed a challenge! We went on a walk, heading towards the nearest mountain. This took us backstage behind the touristy main street where the houses and streets became a lot more ramshackle and higgle-dee-piggle-dee. It looked as if people bought a plot of land and then built whatever they liked on it. So there were fairly smart houses next to shacks made of ply-wood and corrugated steel, and houses in various stages of the building process. Beyond that was the mountain surrounded by a fence that we followed for a while, looking for a way in. We began to feel like proper adventurers, came across a gorge with a stream, tried but failed to find a way across, came back on ourselves, found a bit of broken fence, climbed over it (a little naughty) and eventually got about half way up the mountain before reaching another fence which we decided was a fence too far. So we turned back like good citizens. The views were stunning with a panorama of the town, the turquoise lake and the snow capped mountains of the Andes beyond (I think they're the Andes). 

Anyway...the return turned out to be more treachorous that the going. Strong winds found us and tried persuasively to keep us from progress. But after much arguing with wind and stinging sand we made it back to the tranquility of the main street - conquerors and heroes (or maybe not).

So tomorrow we leave Calafate at 2pm bound for Bariloche - a mere 28 hours away. See you there ...

And the random picture of sheep over a fire - there's loads of these setups in restaurants up and down the main street - we presume a traditional cooking technique around here - like a variation on the Hog-roast situation.
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