Hmmm. How quickly time flies without me having made a post on this thing and few people seem to have noticed. MUCH Too late now for a chorus of “I noticed but I didn’t say anything”. Here I sit feeling very unloved and with a blog that is not needed or even read now and then.
Okay pity party over – where was I?
So since the last post and by way of a catch up we:
Spent 3 days in a 4×4 going between roasting and freezing on a tour through the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, over the Andes, by various lakes with flamingoes heading for Chile
We ended up (minus my wallet, cards and drivers licence – yes again) in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile in the driest desert in the world – so dry in fact it is where the put all the biggest telescopes in the world as the lack of atmospheric moisture is a boon in astronomics (who knew?) – where I got persuaded to strap a board to my feet and try sliding down a very tall sandy hill (sand boarding) followed by a hugely dramatic sunset in the Valley of the Moon
From there we flew to the capital Santiago, arriving just in time for their national holiday – which really put a spanner in the works as just about everything closed down for nearly a week and we were kinda stuck. Thankfully Jenn managed to get us invited to her hostel’s national day barbecue.
There was more to it than that really and our trip was marked by the hours we spent in the Museum of Memory and Human Rights – a building given over to remembering the the time under martial law between 1973 and 1990 with “friend of the famous” Pinochet in power.
The trip was briefly interrupted by a need for me to be, briefly and expensively(!), in Spain for a bit of business without Marc. A bit of a hiatus in the trip, but a necessary evil that has somewhat disrupted our thoughts on where we would be right now.
Back to South America and on to Argentina briefly rather than back to Chile. One day in Buenos Aries before we left for Montevideo in Uruguay where we find ourselves now. This is a short day visit for us with Jenn to fill in some of the time that the trip to Spain left in our itinerary. To be truthful Montevideo is not that much to write about, but we will be back on Uruguay for another visit before the end of the month… maybe it’s just Montevideo… but the people here cannot even seen to organise the tourist sightseeing bus without causing a huge ruckus….
Or name a shop…
But credit where it’s due… The soldiers CAN shine their tall boots when needed… 😉
Back to Buenos Aries on Thursday then off to Iguaçu before back to BA for a couple of weeks and us being bak on “plan” – as far as there is a plan…
For those keeping count, Uruguay is country 14 – and Spain doesn’t count!