Laptop negotiations & Uruguay accommodations

Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
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Trip End Jun 08, 2008


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Thursday, February 28, 2008

T-19 days until lift off.

Gayle is back from Dubai - and has rather unhelpfully brought some kind of Arabian nasal congestion with her.  I do not want to get ill before we travel!  The sofa bed may well be making an appearance tonight.

Our home laptop is dead, presenting us with a problem - and an opportunity.  The problem, we need to shell out for a new one; the opportunity - to take it away with us and chart our adventures as we go; uploading photos, videos etc etc.  Of course this could all be done when we get home, but it will mean investing in several additional camera memory cards and setting aside hours and hours of time.  And given that 8 months on we still haven't sorted through our wedding photos, I'm thinking it's unlikely we'll make the effort when we get back to Blighty.

Naturally we can't agree on whether to take the laptop with us - and so an icy stand-off prevails, fast becoming one of those 'brush under the carpet no-go subjects'.  GB's latest stance is that it can come with us as long as I lug it around everywhere, she's fed up of dragging her work one around the world apparently.  I suspect the truth is that she is trying to save space for the 'cosmetic counter's worth' of make up, moisturiser, and insect repellent set aside for our trip.

Good news, Buenos Aires (6 nights), Iguazu Falls (2 nights), Patagonia (7 nights), Mendoza (2 nights) and now Uruguay (3 nights) are finalised - two nights in Montevideo, and one in Punta del Este.  Am seriously thinking about flying from Buenos Aires rather than taking the high speed ferry given the limited time available before we head down to Patagonia.  Trailfinders are refunding 390 for the cancelled tour of Iguazu Falls - woohoo!

Today I also made a note of some of the exchange rates, and Steve Birney kindly sent me a note advising how many clothes I should take (based on his experience of 12 months travelling).  Suffice to say I know I've got too many allocated.

Next step is to investigate some of the highlights of Chile in our Lonely Planet guide so we can at least plot some kind of route in our heads in advance.  Multiple opportunities for wine tastings and beaches in Vina Mar have grabbed my attention already. Next time I write we should have fleshed it out some more, until then - keep managing that envy.....  Richie & Gayle xx
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