Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
21Trip End Nov 10, 2007
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Whilst I have been finishing up with my job in Corporate Research (a heavy week of 4 meals out so far), John has been busy at home planning and making some initial bookings.
We have one single flight to Thessaloniki from Gatwick. We kick off our travels at Ntia and Ramin's Persian-Greek wedding. From Thessaloniki we will fly to Buenos Aires via Rome with Air Italia. We have 45 days in South America.
In his usual style, John has prepared a 4-page excel sheet which describes an organised list of places which we hope to visit. I don't know if we will stick to it, but at least we have a plan.
Basically we arrive in BA and then tour around Argentina, heading north and then around in an anticlockwise direction, aiming to reach deepest Patagonia later into the spring (November).
Hopefully the list of places below means more to some readers. At the moment they seem foreign names to me, but that's all part of the fun of discovery:
Possible day trip to Uruguay (Colonia)
Esteros del Iberia
San Ignacio and the old Missions
Parque Nacional Iguazu
Salta (Pumancara, Maimara, Tilcara, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Quebrada de Cafayate)
San Agustin de Valle Fertil
Mendoza (Parque Nacional Aconcagua & wine country)
Parque Provincial Payunia
Parque Nacional los Alerces
Rio Gallegos (Gaelle, is it really that bad?)
Rio Grande (Estancia Viamonte L)
Fly back to Buenas Aires
Does anyone have any further tips?
Our backpacks are packed (it suprisingly only took 1 hour) and we are ready to party.
My last moment feelings are apprehension mixed in with total excitment. It's been over a year since our last big trip and I wonder whether the world has changed, or, dare I even suggest that I may have changed for the worse and won't enjoy the travels?
Perhaps it's more realistic to say that after our last experience, I now have very high expectations. I am looking forward to living like a nomad and carrying all my possessions in a single bag. It's strangely refreshing as you learn to think and care about what you have. I still ask myself questions though like I really survived with just 4 T-shirts for 1 year? That's what it says in our travelpod entry for 30 July 2006, so it must be true?
During this trip, I am sure that I will be searching out for the old faces that we kept bumping into during 2006. Was that why it was such a success? Argentina is a huge country and there seems to be a lot to see in a short space of time. Are we trying to do too much?
I feel more nervous about the next 7 weeks than I did for the 1 year break. Perhaps this is because we will need to do so much in such a short space of time. Could it be because John has said that he does not want to write any travel blog entries and you will be stuck with my entries instead? (I hope that he will change his mind!) Or maybe it is because it was only decided about 2 weeks ago and I will be leaving tomorrow, straight after work.
24 hours until departure.