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Puerto Varis, Chile

all seasons in one day 13 °C

Yes, we are back in Chile again! After a couple of stunning days in Bariloche (once the rain cleared, we found out why everyone says bariloche is so beautiful), we took the lakes crossing to Chile, not because we particularly wanted to come back to Chile or this little town, but because we had read how beautiful the actual crossing was. And it was! We had the best day, sunny and no wind (which Terry, being prone to seasickess, was thankful for). It consisted of 3 boat rides and 3 or 4 bus rides, all were spectacular. Took over 12 hours so once again, we were eating dinner at 11pm.

Today we took this eco tour which is hard to describe in writing but was absolutely fantastic. Originally we only decided to do it because with my leg, we couldn´t really trek or go white water rafting or canyoning etc and also because they forecast rain and cold and this was something we thought would least be affected by bad weather. But in the end, the weather was fine and the tour was fantastic! It was run by this family who have a property which has an amazing forest and river and also take in injured animals. It ended with lunch and here´s the funny thing. We´ve learnt that in Argentina and Chile, they are quite partial to ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread. Never anything else, just ham and cheese. Whenever lunch is provided, we always know what it will be. Maybe cheese and ham for a change from ham and cheese but that´s about the extent of it. So this tour had ´lunch provided´ and we weren´t hoping for anything much. Boy were we wrong. We had the famous super thick, super huge steaks, salad, bread, wine, pisco sour ... it was all to die for! I had my protein intake for the next two months! And speaking of food, we said we wouldn´t eat any dinner tonight but we got back here and started wandering around and found this place with a menu so extensive, it took us half an hour just to read it (yes, it was in english!!). There were 26 different types of coffee and that doesn´t include the ice coffee, 15 different varieties of hot chocolate, everything from pizza to pastries. Terry got the biggest piece of cake you have ever seen (and we have photos to prove it!). I guess the previous diet I mentioned has gone out the window. I´ll have to rethink it. Weight Watchers doesn´t have any competition to worry about for the moment!

Tomorrow we are going to visit a typical german town about half an hour away. Once again forecast is for rain so its something we can do if it does.

Oh, global warming update from Terry ... he gave his first speech to a group of people the other day in the hostel in Bariloche. Previous to that he´d only told one or two people at a time. Apparently it went well (I´d already gone to bed by that stage so I didn´t hear it, what a shame) and everyone was most interested. Either that or they were too polite to leave the table. Or maybe Terry had them chained to it so they couldn´t move!

Cheers for now,
PS Leg improving each day so very happy with that. Can walk slowly. And I think I´ll be able to carry my pack next time we get up and move. Since the accident, Terry´s had to deal with both his and my pack. Hmmm...maybe I won´t tell him I´m ok!!!

Posted by SueAttar 18:00

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