Yes we are still hanging with the hippies!!

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Ni Nada

Flag of Argentina  , Río Negro,
Saturday, March 6, 2010


We have managed to get stuck in El Bolson & I am in heaven in this gorgeous hippy little town. So nice to have a double room that we can throw all our clothes around. It really feels like home. The place we have been staying in for the last week (Ni Nada) has turned out to be a real gem. On a farm there are chickens & little baby chick (soooooo cute), cows, dogs, cats & lambs. The owners even make their own yogurt which we are still yet to try. We have been walking 2 minutes from the site to go for daily swims in a small river which seems this is where the local kids seem to hang out also. Still a bit too cold for me however Bern is alot braver then me & considers this to be his heaven. I spend more time sunning myself on the pebbled shore. After our first 2 days of bumming around we took to the dusty roads with our day packs & went for a wander in the mountains. The first day trip we went up to some lookouts with views of Rio Azul. On our second trip out we went on a hunt for this paradiso that we have been told about. As we were hungover in the morning we were a bit slow to get started & did not leave enough time to find it & get back to camp. We are planning on searching for it tomorrow however the hike was not wasted. We returned back to Ni Nada with about a kilo of Blackberries (handpicked of course) which we made our first ever batch of jam with. Have been sharing around to friends who are all very impressed. So were we!!!! Meet a great English couple who are teaching us how to slackline. Looking at having a BBQ tonight along with (of course) some amazing cheap red wine.

The markets are on today so I am going shopping very soon. Local produce & jewelery. I am in heaven. Hoping to make a decision on where we are going to go next. Deciding between a trek out of El Bolson or move on to Bariloche & trek through the national park there. Some many people have been tell us how great El Bolson trekking is so we are still undecided. After some hard decision making, with the earthquake in Chile we are unfortunately going to give the lake district a miss & spent that time in Central & Northwest Argentina. Hoping by the time we have finished there that it will be smooth passage into the Atacama desert & onto Bolivia.

I hope everyone is happy & healthy & not missing us too much. We do think about you all when we crack into that 3rd bottle of Tinto Vino!!! Picking us some of the language & have a small Spanglish vocabulary. The rest is still made up of good olī fashion sign language.

Keep smiling.

Love the watties
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Jo and Karin on


You guys are soooo lazy.....and we want vino tinto and blackberries too. We´ve been trekking foot, swimming through a glacial river (seems Lonely Planet doesn´t know the bridge no longer exists), on the back of a pickup and by luxury cruise. We made it to Villa O´Higgens after a long trek around the lake (where Jo got lost in the forest for a good couple of hours), camped in someone´s horse paddock where I woke up with my head frozen to the side of the tent by a huge slab of ice and are still here...trying to hitch along the Carreterra Austral - well...maybe tommorrow.

Hope you are having fun. Maybe you´ll still be there by the time we get that far.

Mum & Dad G on

Glad to see your enjoying yourselves The photo's look beautiful.Take care love you both..
Heaven is were the heart is at home.
PS Tidy your room up

Mark on

I've a message for Foghorn Leghorn from upstairs; "can you keep the noise down, 3 in the afternoon in South America is Midnight over here".

matty on

that's nowt. me chatty and dave had a night round beverley on saturday, then saw rovers beat st helens yesterday. now that's heaven. good to hear you're having fun. keep your eyes on the news though, don't think brits are too popular with the argies at the mo'.(oops, forgot, bernie aint a brit anymore!!)

Steve Locker on

What is this life,if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to see,in broad daylight,
streams full of stars like skies at night.

Well done with the jam,becoming more envious with each message. Regards Steve. PS; the photo of Bernie swimming, looks like he has rather a large bump on his head?

Tanja & Stan on

Hey travellers!

We had no idea that you had already left the UK! Just came across your blog by accident (through facebook). Have been reading all your updates now.
It sounds like you two are having an amazing time. Especially the long trek you did in Patagonia sounds really cool. You must be so fit by the time you reach Australia! Glad to read that you were not in Chile at the time of the earthquake.

Just to give you an update: Holland is great so far. We are both happy with our jobs & apartment. Just bought ourselves a car, so we are looking forward to do a nice road trip in Europe this summer. Well, have a great time over there, we'll keep reading your updates from now on. :-) xxx

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