We're back in Santiago, and we're in a little apartment near the art museums. Whole other feel here, with tons of little cafes, lots of ethnic restaurants, and the huge park that runs along the river.
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We had our last week in Buenos Aires, and are heading back to Santiago, Chile, early tomorrow morning.
I finally made it to the art museum - with this wet autumn weather, it was a nice warm place to stay inside but still get in some walking... Read more
We're only spending a week here, for a variety of reasons. But really enjoying Montevideo, and we'll be back next year in spring or summer - when it's sunnier and warmer!
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It seems as if we've been in Buenos Aires for all kinds of protests and all kinds of holidays. Friday was some demo, yesterday was the anniversary of the war over the Falkland Islands, and today we stumbled on an Italian festival. We're having... Read more
When in a foreign country, even the simplest task can become an adventure. I had major problems trying to mail two postcards. You wouldn't think it would be so difficult!
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Argentina has a recent bloody history, the military coup being only 40 years old. There was a march and demonstration yesterday, with signs all over, and a banner with photos of the 30,000 people who disappeared during the military regime.
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Patagonia has been fascinating - unique landscapes, roads vanishing into the sky, animals we've never seen before - no wonder the name is legendary!
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We're still having a great time wandering around Patagonia - we went to a wildlife refuge peninsula and saw elephant seal calves, a few more penguins, and so many guanacos I lost count!
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LOTS of penguins, a bunch of guanacos, and a marauding armadillo - plus I walked nearly 5 miles up and down hills on gravel paths (tracked as walking, but almost more like hiking). Great time, and I love penguins!!!
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We spent some time talking with native South Americans, the Mapuche people, who were holding a protest in Viedma, trying to get their tribal lands returned.
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We're in the Argentinian side of Patagonia, which is totally different than in Chile. This side is full of grasslands and plains. And swamps, though we haven't found them yet.
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We're on day 3 of our road trip - haven't gotten very far, this country is gigantic and enormous! But we're in the flat region, so driving is pretty easy.
Today was rainy so we stayed in our hotel and took a day off. And relaxed. Because... Read more
A friend from tango class wanted to try the tango practicum at a restaurant near our hotel, so I went with her today. I'm way too shy to just dance with some random man, because the tango necessitates holding each other closely. But it was fun... Read more
We're still walking around the city, and I'm still enjoying my tango classes.
But we're exploring other neighborhoods as well, and Recoleta was recommended. There's a huge old cemetery there, going back a couple hundred years, with some of... Read more
I'm still having a great time with my tango classes.
But on Wednesday, we went to see what was going on with a nation-wide strike and protest demonstration, right by our hotel. Seems as if almost all government workers were out there march... Read more