Argentina to Chile, Feb. 19, 2015

Up before dawn, our favorite cab driver, Guillermo, came to pick us up and deposit us at the Aeroparque in Buenos Aires for our 7:50 am flight to Santiago, Chile. The flight was uneventful, though bumpy over the Andes–no surprise there. In customs we owned up to having cheese, salami, raisins and almonds, all ofContinue reading “Argentina to Chile, Feb. 19, 2015”

The city of Ushuaia, Argentina

Today’s tour guide, Andres, pointed out that everyone in Ushuaia has many names. They are all Fuegians, Patagonians, and Ushuaians, as well as Argentine. We didn’t begin to see the size of the city until our tour bus picked up passengers from several areas that most visitors don’t see. There are two parallel main streets,Continue reading “The city of Ushuaia, Argentina”

Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Feb. 18, 2015

The excursion to the national park focused on visiting the end of the Panamerican Highway, and seeing the shore of the Beagle Channel. The end of the highway is nicely marked, even though it is a parking lot. We saw black-necked swans: And we were reminded again that this is the end of the world:Continue reading “Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Feb. 18, 2015”

Who Knew they held Mardi Gras in Ushuaia? Feb. 17, 2015

We happened past a sign that announced Carnival parades on Feb. 16 and 17. On the 17th, Tuesday, Mardi Gras, the big day, the parade went along the sea front, from 4-6 pm. Groups performed and kids from 4-18 squirted each other with foam. The more cynical sold the foam: The enthusiastic performed (Great costumes!):Continue reading “Who Knew they held Mardi Gras in Ushuaia? Feb. 17, 2015”

Pinguinos/Penguins! Feb. 17, 2015

Today was our great adventure, visiting a colony of penguiuns on Martillo Island. We rode a bus for 90 minutes, then we were divided into two groups, about 12 each. Ours visited the museum and then the coffee shop at Estancia Harberton, the oldest settlement in the region. After that we rode for a fewContinue reading “Pinguinos/Penguins! Feb. 17, 2015”

Ushuaia, Argentina–the toe of the world.

Feb. 16, 2015 We got up at 5:00am to make our way to the Ezeiza airport and onto the plane to Ushuaia that left at 8:10 am. We flew for over 3 hours and were still in Argentina when we swooped down over the ocean and could see huge mountains: The rather ordinary city withContinue reading “Ushuaia, Argentina–the toe of the world.”

Last Day in Buenos Aires, Feb. 15, 2015

We celebrated our last day in Buenos Aires by sleeping in and taking remedies for that second (or was it third?) glass of champagne. We learned yesterday that the fairs don’t rev up until noon, so around that hour we returned to San Telmo, this time to Plaza Dorrego where the Antiques Fair takes placeContinue reading “Last Day in Buenos Aires, Feb. 15, 2015”

Valentine’s Tango Show, Feb. 14, 2015

We set out to visit craft fairs today and found that not much goes on anywhere before noon. We started in San Telmo at Parque Lezama. There seems to be controversy over whether the park will be surrounded by a fence after construction that is currently underway. In the meantime the vendors moved down theContinue reading “Valentine’s Tango Show, Feb. 14, 2015”