Famous for its chocolate as much as its scenery
28.1.12 - 1.2.12 13 °C
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there were two travelling bears, one with a dodgy leg and one with a dodgy stomache. Lets call them Sue and Terry. They left Calafate three days ago for their 12 hour epic journey to Bariloche, usually a 3 hour flight if the airport is not shut for maintenance due to recent volcanic activity! So a shuttle, plane, bus and taxi ride later they arrived around midnight safe and sound, that is to say, as safe and sound as they could be with their dodgy leg and dodgy stomache.
They awoke the following morning to pouring rain, freezing cold and lethal wind, weather they had expected in Patagonia but definitely not here. This lasted for two days. The first day was an excellent excuse for Dodgy Leg to rest up and neither of them left the hostel.
The second day they decided to brave the elements. Off they went after donning their themals, gloves, beanie and wet weather gear - well, maybe just one of them did that! And it was off on a tour of the private hospital. What better way to spend a rainy day after all! Arriving at Reception they gathered what was around and then first stop was the GP, second lookout was the specialist. The views may not have been as spectacular there as the usual sightseeing they'd been doing but the results were great. No DVT, that was a misdiagnosis, now back to a calf muscle tear. The half day tour was more expensive than most but well worth it for peace of mind! Dodgy-leg would much prefer to be limping the rest of the trip than have a potentially fatal blood clot, thats for sure.
After that a slow walk into town and there we were surrounded by chocolate shops! Dodgy-leg thought she'd died and gone to heaven, pain in leg forgotton. They went into the most famous one and took a ticket, much like a bank and waited and waited until finally their number was called and lots of samples were bought. How long they will last is going to be interesting. Whilst there they bumped into an Irish couple they' previously met so all sat at the cafe attached to the shop and spent a few hours eating and drinking whilst looking out the window and the rain pounding down. This was an even better way to spend the day than the Hospital tour! And slighly less expensive.
Luckily the next two days were clearer so they made the most of them. Shared a hire car with 3 other people one day and drove out to the Black Glacier, nice trip. Some lovely waterfalls as well. Next day spent in the most beautiful scenery EVER. The water in the lakes is crystal clear and a deep blue, and the lakes are so vast. The houses are mostly wooden and gorgeous shapes, there's forests and beauty everywhere you look.
So, all in all, they decided Bariloche was a brilliant place to be and they lived happily ever after ... until the next blog.