Patagonia Paradise

¨Wow!  Oh my God!  Holy crap, is this for real?!¨

That has basically been  my complete vocabulary for the past two weeks in this Patagonia paradise.

Edwin and I left Buenos Aires to fly south to El Calafate (while getting an hour layover in the world´s most southern city, Ushuaia).  El Calafate was colder than my body was expecting and some winter clothes were definitely needed to be purchased!  The big reason for heading south was to check out the famous Perito Moreno glacier–my very first glacier sighting!

The big day arrived.  We were picked up at 7am and drove into the sunrise.  Next, we hopped on a boat in the cool, crisp air, and headed out to the base of the glacier.  With crampons strapped to our feet, and guides to lead us, we began our ¨mini trek¨on the ice.  It was incredible!   There were mountains and ice as far as the eye could see.  I felt like I was filming a movie and that I couldn´t possibly be standing on a real piece of moving ice.  We had a lovely picnic back at the base and then spent an hour on the observatory balconies to watch chunks of the ice fall into the lake.  Unfortunately, we weren´t lucky enough to catch a giant piece falling, but staring at the ice was good enough for me!

After a few days of exploring the neat little town, we took a 30 hour bus ride back north to the lake district.  Here we have been settling in quite nicely in Bariloche, an incredible city of chocolate, ice cream, and steak–surrounded by more lakes and mountains.  We have got to mountain bike to fabulous viewpoints, rent our own car to discover more lakes and mountain views, and even take a gondola up to a peak nearby the city.  The city also offers  more adventures such as rafting, trekking, horseback riding, and paragliding, but we have to pick and choose to ensure we have enough money to continue our trek around the country.

So, with amazing hostels in the south, and after getting bundled up to face the autumn air and the incredible beauty here, my relationship with Argentina has quickly bloomed.  I have daily reminders to take a minute to be thankful for being able to be experiencing such a paradise.  I am also reminded that I need to replace my stolen camera asap!

Our next adventure is onwards to Chile!….

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Patagonia Paradise

¨Wow!  Oh my God!  Holy crap, is this for real?!¨

That has basically been  my complete vocabulary for the past two weeks in this Patagonia paradise.

Edwin and I left Buenos Aires to fly south to El Calafate (while getting an hour layover in the world´s most southern city, Ushuaia).  El Calafate was colder than my body was expecting and some winter clothes were definitely needed to be purchased!  The big reason for heading south was to check out the famous Perito Moreno glacier–my very first glacier sighting!

The big day arrived.  We were picked up at 7am and drove into the sunrise.  Next, we hopped on a boat in the cool, crisp air, and headed out to the base of the glacier.  With crampons strapped to our feet, and guides to lead us, we began our ¨mini trek¨on the ice.  It was incredible!   There were mountains and ice as far as the eye could see.  I felt like I was filming a movie and that I couldn´t possibly be standing on a real piece of moving ice.  We had a lovely picnic back at the base and then spent an hour on the observatory balconies to watch chunks of the ice fall into the lake.  Unfortunately, we weren´t lucky enough to catch a giant piece falling, but staring at the ice was good enough for me!

After a few days of exploring the neat little town, we took a 30 hour bus ride back north to the lake district.  Here we have been settling in quite nicely in Bariloche, an incredible city of chocolate, ice cream, and steak–surrounded by more lakes and mountains.  We have got to mountain bike to fabulous viewpoints, rent our own car to discover more lakes and mountain views, and even take a gondola up to a peak nearby the city.  The city also offers  more adventures such as rafting, trekking, horseback riding, and paragliding, but we have to pick and choose to ensure we have enough money to continue our trek around the country.

So, with amazing hostels in the south, and after getting bundled up to face the autumn air and the incredible beauty here, my relationship with Argentina has quickly bloomed.  I have daily reminders to take a minute to be thankful for being able to be experiencing such a paradise.  I am also reminded that I need to replace my stolen camera asap!

Our next adventure is onwards to Chile!….

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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