Tuesday, november 28'th
Late wake-up this morning - 8 am! The bus from Puerto Natales leaves for El Calafate in Argentina at 9.
5 hours of busdriving - dirt-road again - and the usual so slooooooww border control. I never before got as many stamps in my passport as I did on this trip. In Calafate at 2 pm.
El Calafate is a small tourist-city with only 6000
people. Most of the city seems to get their outcome of the tourist that stay here, befor
they go to the Perito Moreno glacier.
in to a hotel called El Paso Verlika - take a walk around town - which is quickly done -
make a reservation for my bustrip tomorrow - and thats it.
In the evening the youth of Calafate celebrate the glorious
victory of Boca Juniors in the intercontinental-cup against Real Madrid, by driving up and
down the main-street - honking all the time.
Wednesday, november 29'th
Leaving at 9 am with Interlagos-turismo for the Perito
Moreno glacier - and something as strange as an english-speaking guide.
It's a 2½ hours busdrive - on dirt-road - before we are at
the glacier. We will be there until 4 pm.
You walk on some boardwalks where you can see
one of the greatest "nature-shows" on earth. The glacier is pretty close - at
the highest it's 70 meters - the normal is about 40 meters. It's so impressive to watch -
and to listen to. Because the glacier keeps on to drop bits and pieces of ice into the
Lago Argentino. It sounds like thunder everytime a piece blows off. You can really fell
what power such a glacier is.
The last 2 hours
out there I find a quiet spot - and I just stand there and stares at this exceptional
show. I could have stayed there for days.
I hardly recognice that it has started to rain, and I get
quite amazed when I return to the hotel to find out that I've got sunburnt in my face -
because it has been cloudy all day - but there is something with ice and beams from the
sun isn't there?
Back in Calafate at 6.30 pm. A good beef and a Quilmas for
dinner - without anything else. One day I might remember that you have to order anything
for your food - well I got it as extras anyway.
Thursday, november 30'th
Wake up - I have got a cold - here - in the middle of summer.
I leave Calafate at 1 pm by bus for Rio Gallegos. That should
take me 4 hours, but it does take 5, since the driver stops in the middle of the desert
and start to run around the bus with a screwdriver - the bus was running hot.
From Rio Gallegos straight on for Trelew. That will
take me 16 hours on my "El Pinguino"-bus - leaving Rio Gallegos at 8 pm.