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Ushuaia again

15 March 2012

overcast 50 °F

This morning we have to disembark and become responsible for all our meals and our wake up calls again.
We are on a later flight so have a few hours to pick up any last minute souveneirs, etc. We decide that we must have some dulce de leche and that sending the kiddos a post card from the end of the earth might be fun. I would have liked it when I was a kid anyway. We scrambled to find a postcard, stamp and mail slot. Curt was running back to the mail slot as the buses were loading.
Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche


We managed to find some basically carmel spread at a grocery store - we started to put this on toast and it is a real pick me up in the morning.
I guess all good things must end so we are on our way home!
Irish pub at the end of the earth

Irish pub at the end of the earth


penguin street sign

penguin street sign


post office

post office

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Rounding Cape Horn

14 March 2012

overcast 30 °F

Cape Horn

Cape Horn


A scary day at sea today – we have to settle our bill! Other than that the only thing to look at was Cape Horn for a brief moment. We were trying to get within 3 miles but the Chileans would only let us get to 6 so the pictures weren’t so great. Apparently if you are a sailor rounding Cape Horn is a life dream.

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Crossing the Drake Passage

6 March 2012

overcast 45 °F

Drake Passage

Drake Passage


Crossing the Drake Passage! This section is notorious for having rough seas so just about everyone was drugged up and sleepy. There wasn’t much to look other than open sea so they had briefings on how to identify the different penguins, whales and sea birds. The day was split by naps and food. That night in the presentation room they showed the first episode of The Frozen Planet. The film displays the arctic and Antarctic. For example there are no penguins in the arctic and no polar bears in Antarctica.

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Ushuaia, Argentina

5 March 2012

sunny 60 °F

Us at the end of the world

Us at the end of the world


A VERY early flight takes us to the end of the world today. Ushuaia is no longer a sleep town at the end of the world but a city of 65,000 people. It is the capital of the region of Patagonia called the Tierra del Fuego. The bus takes us in to town where another huge cruise ship is docked so the place is crawling with tourists. The shops are cute but touristy but who doesn’t want something that says you have been to the end of the world?
Jewelry shop

Jewelry shop


guard dog

guard dog


I originally thought this dog was the owner of the jewelry restaurant but after awhile he got up and walked off. It is amazing how they know when it is safe to cross!
Freddys restaurant

Freddys restaurant


Crabs pending their doom

Crabs pending their doom


The tour guide recommended Freddy’s for lunch because of their specialty with crabs. They show them off in the front of the restaurant but the place is pretty small after that.
Crab and parmesan

Crab and parmesan


Cape Horn Beer

Cape Horn Beer


Of course we tried the local beer called Cape Horn, crab soup and a dish that was just crab meat with melted parmesan cheese! A dream come true! For three of us to have lunch and a drink was $150 though. I guess they have a corner on the market.
Free time in town was limited to about three hours before we had to board our ship. It is a research vessel so not a cruise ship like people are used to. The rooms are more hostel like with some sharing bathrooms. We have a superior room because we were forced into by the people that cancelled. I am pretty glad for it now though.
room on ship

room on ship


A whale was sighted while doing the safety drill and it was apparently rare to see them in the Beagle Channel. Hopefully that is a good omen because this is the thirteenth sailing for the marathon trip!
antique tugboat

antique tugboat


Beagle passage

Beagle passage


Curt mural

Curt mural


First view of Ushuaia port

First view of Ushuaia port


Goodbye Ushuaia

Goodbye Ushuaia


military houses in Ushuaia

military houses in Ushuaia


nap time

nap time


reflecting mountains

reflecting mountains


Setting sail

Setting sail


Souveneir penguins

Souveneir penguins


Ushuaia again

Ushuaia again


Ushuaia in background

Ushuaia in background


View from Ushuaia port

View from Ushuaia port

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Buenos Aires City Tour

3 March 2012

Marathon Tours and Travel have a great breakfast set up in the hotel. It is perfect for runners with omelets, fruit and juice. Shortly after we boarded a bus and did the 3 hour city tour. Most of it was on the bus with 15 minute stops here and there.
cemetary street

cemetary street


Our first one was at the famous cemetery where Evita is buried. She was the presidents wife and very famous here.
Eva Peron

Eva Peron


Familia Duarte

Familia Duarte


cemetary cat

cemetary cat


My plot

My plot


I found a marker similar to what I would probably have if I was from Argentina. Unfortuantely we had about 15 minutes to hustle around the plots. It is so gorgeous you could probably spend hours in there taking photos.
Presidential palace

Presidential palace


There was more driving again before we were dumped out at the presidential palace. The balcony is where Evita used to address the people.
Protester signs

Protester signs


I guess a lot of people use this area for protests. Some group was complaining they don’t get subsidized but at the same time medical care and college are free for everyone.
Futbol stadium

Futbol stadium


We drove past the soccer stadium which made Coca-Cola have different colors. Red and white was the competitor color so they had to change to black and white.
Street in Caminita

Street in Caminita


Lastly another stop at the Camita area. It was my favorite with colorful buildings made of all different material. This area used to be more run down. The people were to paint their houses in colors but didn’t have money for paint so when the boats came in to port they would get whatever was left over.
Painted horse

Painted horse


I still love horses

I still love horses


Here are some other things we saw:
Argentinean pup

Argentinean pup


Eva Peron puzzle

Eva Peron puzzle


flower in Recoleta

flower in Recoleta


Pepsi pups

Pepsi pups


Russian Cupolas

Russian Cupolas


San Martin mousoleum

San Martin mousoleum


showing off in the street

showing off in the street


Immediately after the return we booked it over to the Boqueria to get ferry tickets for Uruguay. On the fast ferry it is an hour away to Colonia so that is our choice for the free day. For about $113 we can spend the day in yet another country :)
Niza was good yesterday so we lunched there again today.

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First day in Buenos Aires, Argentina

2 March 2012

sunny 85 °F

An overnight flight from Houston lands us in Buenos Aires, Argentina!. Marathon Tours and Travels collects all its passengers at the terminal and buses them approx. 1hours and 15 minutes to the Plaza Hotel (Marriott) at Plaza San Martin in the downtown. A quick check in and we are released on our own for lunch. It had a bit since our last meal so we immediately took the suggestion of one of the guides and went to NIza for lunch. I know, why are we going to an Italian place in Italian but come on, we were hungry. With our pasta we got to have a local beer called Quilmes – it was so good we had two big bottles.
Running in the park

Running in the park


After a nap the tour had an optional “fun run” from the hotel. It was HECTIC! It was a stop-start run for half a mile until we got to this park with a 5K or 10K loop. Hmm, yeah – we went 5K – it was about 85 degrees here so that was good enough for us.
Buenos Aires from the park

Buenos Aires from the park


beautiful brown water

beautiful brown water


I had seen Cabana Las Linas in two books – one being 1000 Places to See before you Die – so it was the obvious choice for dinner on our own.
Cabana Las Lilas

Cabana Las Lilas


This restaurant offers the famous parilla which is a barbecue style using wood or occasionally charcoal. The grill is hung above and the meat is lined up.
La Parilla

La Parilla


parilla stand

parilla stand


We took a taxi there but walked back. The place was upscale meaning pricey as advertised but it was great food. The appetizer plate had a potato pancake sort of thing, grilled pepper, baked eggplant, salmon, mozzarella balls and tomatoes.
appetizer at Las Lilas

appetizer at Las Lilas


We ordered a bottle of Argentinean Malbec, chirizo, and fried Provolone to start.
Malbec

Malbec


My main course was a tenderloin skewer and Curt had a T-bone. Yes, Argentinean Steak is great!
Argentinean Steak

Argentinean Steak


The restaurant was along the water and it werved as a great place to people watch. The night was capped off with 2 servings of $11 gelato!

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