Sorry for the lack of updates. It has been eventful since the God forsaken town of El Chaltén. Mind you, the mountains and the trek (ended up doing a 10 hour trail walking) were fantastic, so the grim living arrangements were more than forgiven.
So I will just do a highlight reel today to sum up the trip so far. We will see how far I get, since Francesca and I are really just killing time until the happy hour at a cafe nearby. Pisco Sour!!
-Buenos Aires: Start of the trip. Tango shows, hostel-mate fun. San Telmo market. Brazilian nightclub madness.
-Cordoba: Nothing to report. Three days more or less wasted.
-Salta: Had a dog following me. cable car. Meh sort of a day.
-Jujuy: Quebrada de Humahuaca & etc. tour. Tilcara coolness. Awesome hostel with two other female math majors. Represent?
-Cafayate: Cute little wine town. Free tastings fun.
-Tucuman: Overnight stop enroute to Iguazu Falls. Dirty Argentine with handlebar mustache wearing wifebeater hitting on me with vodka & tang water. Ewww.
-Iguazu Falls: Iguazu Falls.
-Rio: Carnaval! Samba, blocos, street parties. Sambadromo fever.
-Sao Paulo: Just a one day (no night) stop. Shopping madness. Bought a fushia potato sack of ridiculousness. (a dress.)
-Florianopolis: Postcard, picture perfect beaches. Got sunburnt badly. Looks like I am wearing thigh highs.
-Montevideo: Worst day on the trip so far. Rained, found the umbrella broke. Found the UV filter for the camera shattered in my bag. Hated the hostel. etc. etc. All was better when I found out I got into SFU masters around 11:30 pm.
-Colonia (del Sacramento): Pretty city. Not too much to report.
-Buenos Aires: Still cool. Gigantic fancy bookstore in an old opera house
-Ushuaia: Patagonia rocks. Saw penguins, sailed on the Beagle Channel, climbed a mountain (Glacier Marcial? The spelling is off.)
-El Calafate: Saw Perito Moreno Glaciers. More Canadian Rockie Mountains resembling nature. Feel at home and great.
-El Chaltén: Trek around Fitz Roy & etc. LOVE hiking.
-Ruta 40 bus trip up to Bariloche: 2 day bus ride. Meet awesome people, beautiful nature of vast nothingness.
-Bariloche: 40Km bike ride around Circuito Chico. Lesson learned: Do not party with the Irish unless you are prepared for hangovers or have a spare liver. Awesome people continue to travel together.
-Mendoza: wine tour on a bike. (Finally.)
-Santiago: Lots of energy. LOVE the hostel. Radiohead concert. Mostly do nothing and recover from the first-wind-death. Feel up to travelling again.
-La Serena: Star gazing at an observatory (Alpha Centauri, Saturn´s ring, Southern Cross, etc), drive through lovely vallies, crash local wine and pisco fair and get free booze, petrogliffs
-San Pedro de Atacama: Got here in the morning. Trek out to the desert with Francesca. Amazing scenery. About to go hit pisco sours. 4 am El Tatio Geyser tour tomorrow. Thursday departure on a 3 day Salar de Uyuni tour, crossing into Bolivia. Probably head to Potosi from there.
Well, kids, that´s pretty much all I have been up to now. Gotta go. Happy hour.