Snowboarding in Bariloche! Awesome!

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
Trip End Aug 10, 2010

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I had thought that we would go trekking and kayaking but as soon as we found out that there was still snow on the mountain, Nik wanted to try snowboarding!  So we rented some ski clothes and headed up to Cerro Catedral the next day!  it was the most perfect day!  We got our ski gear and hired a snowboard instructor and headed up the ski lifts!  Our instructor did not speak any English so I was thankful that we had been in south America for a couple of months so I understood what he said!

He told me that he didn’t understand why more people didn’t come at this time of year as there are less people and sunny weather.  Of course, for the die hard snowboarder or skier, they want to be able to go all the way down the mountain.  There was only snow at the very top!  In June and July (their winter time), its really cold, usually 6 degrees C (42 degrees F) is the average temperature, which is very cold when the wind is blowing!!!

We definitely found a new passion that we would like to continue doing!  I never expected to ski on this trip as I was trying to pack less by traveling to warmer climates.  So we spent 2 days snowboarding instead of trekking and kayaking.  Nikolas absolutely loved it!  Of course, me being clumsy, the last day, I fell and did some kind of splits and I heard my knee snap!  A bunch of students were watching me and were yelling "ambulansa"!  At the time, I was in so much pain that I really thought they would have to call the ambulance!!!  They helped me up and sat me down on a rock.  The pain has been excruciating and it has made it hard to walk.

Nikolas Version

The next day, we got ready for snowboarding. We rented  some ski clothes at the hostel. Then we caught the bus to the mountain. We got the snowboards and the shoes and hired a private instructor and I have never been so scared before.

When we got up there, it was amazing  to see the snow again.  First he told us how to put the gear on, it was so cool.   But it is not as easy as it looks to snowboard.  It is very hard and I fell about thousand times.   It was really hot, yeah it was hot, I had to take my jacket off and my whole face was dripping of sweat but I loved it!  I finally got the hang of it.  My mom took some videos of me falling down and I bet everybody is going to laugh!  I am a pro now but I still have my butt sticking out. When we left we said we have to do it again.

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abi perry and elyot on

Gosh you both look as though you are having such a wonderful time !!!
Elyot is soooo jealous of Nik skateboarding like a pro!!!!
You both write in such an exciting way fascinating stuff!!. Do take care and we love you

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