Puerto Madryn sin Orcas

Trip Start Jan 29, 2007
Trip End May 30, 2007

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La Gualicha Hostel

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Well, the 18 hour bus ride was about 20 hours. Turns out that I went with a shit company too. Whilst other folk were enjoying free drinks, multiple films, blankets and nice food, I was passed out hung over minus blanket and anything free. There was one shit film in French, obviously starring Gerard Depardieu, my meals were non-existant and the only freeby was the water....note to self, donīt travel El Condor again. On the plus side, the bus was comfortable and I did sleep a lot, so the time flew by.

Itīs my 4th day in Puerto Madryn, although until yesterday Iīd lost count. Time goes by very slowly here. Itīs been the perfect antidote to la vida loca in Buenos Aires.  Itīs a quiet beach town half way down the Atlantic Coast, and there donīt seem to be many people here at the moment. Am staying at La Gualicha Hostel and every day people come and go. Have found plenty people to hang around with though, including a couple of hilarious Italian stoners, some pissed Irish girls (who spoke no spanish whatsoever), a load of Belgians, a Canadian girl who developed a strange rash, some very nice Argentinian girls and the odd English person.

Have spent the last few days walking along the coast line. Itīs stunning in places, a mixture of sand, pebbles and rugged coastline. Beautiful at times.

Also found a few people to share a car with and went around the Peninsular Valdes, an area renowned for its scenary, the abundance of fossils...theyīre absolutely everwhere you tread....and the wildlife, most specifically at Punta Norte, renowned for being the place where Killer Whales beach themselves to take seals from the beach. So with a Belgian girl, a belgian bloke, his mum (?????) and an old spanish guy who appeared to embody the characteristics of a serial killer. It turned out we had similar plans and time frames for our trip, so the spanish guy wanted to travel with me for the rest of it. Iīm absolutely terrified that I wonīt be able to escape from him!

Anyway, killer whales being my favourite animals, I was hoping to see some, but the chances are rare...there hadnīt been any sitings for 2 weeks prior to my arrival. Unfortunately there were sightings the day I arrived but I was so knackered I hadnīt gone yet. So I didnīt get to see any. Nevertheless I saw tonnes of penguins, elephant seals, a few armadillos and a fox....so not bad.

Itīs strange being in the hostel, there are a right mix of people, some speak no spanish, some speak no english. It has been strange trying to switch languages, for example when speaking to a french girl, I found myself unable to say more than three words, whereas a month ago, I could have had a converstaion in french. Itīs probably a good thing as Iīm remembering far more in spanish. Although, if I start forgetting english words Iīll get worried.

So tomorrow I head to the bottom of Argentina, where Iīll meet my mum at the start of March. 30 hours in the bus with one change...should be fun. Also it wonīt be as comfortable neither....semi cama.

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