2nd Jul 2012 - 9th Jul 2012 - Last Big One
Day One Hundred and Forty Eight (Argentina)
Sorry for the lack of update those of you that are still interested in what we´re up to, been exploring the wilds of Bolivia recently, hence no Internet.
Last update we were in the Argentine city of Bariloche. Like any other Monday morning in July, we started the day by catching the local bus up the mountain to the resort of Cerro Catedral for a day of skiing/snowboarding! The fresh snow had not been pisted particularly well, but we enjoyed the day regardless (forgot how painful rental boots are though), apart from forking out $20 for two small beers and a burger to share. Got the bus back, and found a beautiful restaurant (La Pinta = The Pint) around the corner with trees growing out of the roof and a hobbit doorway, great pizza and draught beer.
The following day was also spent on the mountain, but a blizzard closed in early afternoon and very few lifts were open (even though they charged us mid-season prices). So we came down a little earlier, and went to La Pinta again. Wednesday we were on the road again, walked into town and caught a local bus to the terminal, then booked the 13:15 to Cordoba. Not the best bus we´d been on, a bit old and uncomfortable, but nevertheless the 23hr journey soon went. Had a couple of relaxing days in the city, they were celebrating their anniversary so it was like a ghost town during the afternoons. Skyped our good friends Jen & Dan on their wedding day. Found a fantastic Parilla (grillhouse) so ate our bodyweight in red meat. Treated ourselves to a suite class on the bus to Salta, proper beds meant a comfy sleep, but the lack of English subtitles on the films wasn´t great. We arrived in the city during the early hours, and trekked to our hostel, fortunately they let us check in the dorm early, so after a shower and snooze we were keen to climb the local hill. It was a glorious sunny day and the beer at the top was appreciated. Thought we´d have a good steak and wine to say goodbye to Argentina in style (although we are heading back to Mendoza in Sept).
Onward and upward to Bolivia on the 5:30 bus contd...
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