Laptop negotiations & Uruguay accommodations

Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
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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hkgjools on

Laptop or Not ?
So you are off for 12 weeks with wwhat you expect to be a 65kg backpack and are wondering about whether you should take a laptop or not. I'm not into this technology mumbo jumbo, but would recommend the insect repellant over the laptop. It takes special training to be able to kill mosquitos and other flying, biting type things with a laptop and you would need to head to the other side of the planet to Tibet to get that kind of skillset. It might be useful, if you were taken hostage by a tribe of IT literate South American Pygmys,as a bargaining tool, but other than that far too much hassle.

Recommendations for a practical 12 week travel pack

1. 2 pairs of underwear ( 1 to wear 1 to wash )
2. 1 T shirt
3. 1 pair of Jeans
4. 1 jumper
5. 1 pac a mac
6. 1 pair of walking boots
7. credit card
8. passport
9. 1 small bag for potato samples
10. insect repellant ( or laptop...?? )
11. Camera

If you choose insect repellant for number 10, you should be able to wear most of this, so you will only need a small M & S sandwich bag to carry everything.

I hope that this eases your dilema's concerning the laptop or not...

from the dark side of the planet.

debsteve on

Envious? Not me.... but my rucksack has been making some strange noises since it found out about your pending adventure ;-p
It's 11 years(I can't believe it!)since my last long 'rucksack jaunt' and I understand from Gayle that after some negotiation, you will be staying in slightly more upmarket accommodation than we did (£1.50 a night in Nepal...)
So, any words of advice?.. Well yes, I could give you many but will only say ENJOY, it'll be over before you know it so make the most of every minute!!!!! :-)
See you both soon, lots of love Debs & Steve xx

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