Next stop, Tierra del Fuego

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Río Gallegos lies at the same latitude as the Falklands/Malvinas and it was from there that the Argentine air force launched many of their attacks on the British force who were retaking the islands.  I was very curious to see what I'd find in the museum but unfortunately it was closed for renovation.

I wandered down to the river that gives the town its name.  The tide was out and although it was overcast I found the scene rather beautiful.  An Argentine friend who knew I was there asked if it was windy (actually it was perfectly still) and I guess that it can get very unpleasant there at times.

The British press reporting of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict was naturally biased but it was still clear that the Argentine pilots had fought bravely and pressed home their attacks with great skill and determination.  The pilots' memorial faces the river and sadly had been defaced with graffiti. 

On the walk back to my lodgings I passed this wonderfully named ice cream shop.
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