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Kayaking and Whitewater rafting

Adapting to one´s circumstances

sunny 18 °C

Question: If one cannot walk to the top of a mountain, what can one do instead?

a. Take a chairlift to the top of a mountain instead
b. Go kayaking
c. Go whitewater rafting
d. All of the above

Answer: D. Of course.

We have had a great last two days in Bariloche, sad to be leaving this amazing place. :(

Yesterday, once again, saw some amazing scenery at the top of a high mountain. All these mountains and views are different but equally as stunning. Then took a tour kayaking on one of the lakes for a few hours, it was brilliant. The lake was crystal clear, so much so that even about 2 metres deep you could still see the bottom..unbelievable. The weather was perfect, sunny and not much wind.

Then today we decided if my leg could handle kayaking, it could handle whitewater rafting. So off we went, about 100km out of Bariloche where you go rafting on this river than ends up in Chile! The guide on the raft was fantastic, so funny. There were 5 of us plus him. Sooooo much fun. One of the girls fell out on one of the rapids which was very funny, especially in the video and photos we saw afterwards. There was a part where you could get out and let the water carry you down so Terry did that. There was no way I was doing it as it was a cold day, about 16 degrees and the water was freezing. Even Terry said it was freezing when he went in. We were amply covered up though. They provided full wetsuits, long sleeved jackets and then of course the life jacket. Even the shoes were provided.

Afterwards we had lunch and got to see all the photos and DVD of some of it and we ended up buying it. Same with the kayaking, have a DVD of that aswell, just photos in that one.

The great thing about Bariloche is that almost everything we´ve done has been in a different direction and every route you take to get somewhere is stunning - you can´t go wrong!

We are both now covered in bites from these insects you get in south Chile where we were a couple of days ago (so we were told after the event). Lucky for Terry, his are on his ankles and lower legs but mine are all over my neck, arms hands and some on my forehead! So gross. Today I woke up and said to Terry, I look like the Elephant Woman! I bought some cream for them yesterday. We left home with a few panadol and some bandaids. Our collection now contains anti-inflamatory pills, painkillers, one bandage, diarrea (can never spell that word) pills, anti-inflamatory cream and now insect bite cream. Ahhh the not-so-good things about travel!

Here´s another food story. As well as ham and cheese sandwiches, the argentinians seem to adore caramel. It is EVERYWHERE. They serve it for breakfast just like jam or honey, you can spread it on toast or bread, its in most of the chocolates and deserts... today we were talking to an argentinian couple on our whitewater rafting tour and I asked her what was the deal with the caramel and she said ¨we are very proud of our caramel!¨ There is no such thing as peanut butter here so I guess they´ve substituted caramel for it. It is so rich that even Terry can´t eat it!! I remarked the other day to him that I was surprised he didn´t like it with his sweet tooth and he said ¨but not for breakfast!¨ Ah ha, finally found something Terry won´t eat.

So that´s it for now, and for Bariloche. The next time I blog we´ll have made it to Buenos Aires.

Buenas noches!

Sue and Terry

Posted by SueAttar 14:32 Archived in Argentina

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