Monday, November 29, 2010

ANTARTICA

Will be without affordable internet for 11 days but will start posting pictures upon my return on Jan. 7th. 2 days in Ushuaia on my return and then fly to Buenos Aires.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Back in Ushuaia

1/7/11    Friday

Back at Freestyle Backpackers Hostel after an incredible journey to Antarctica. Just had the best meal, french bread, ham and chips. After 11 days of gourmet food (lamb, grilled tuna, salmon, and numerous things I still don't know), I am so glad to be back to simple life and simple food. I leave tomorrow for Buenos Aires at 6 pm and will arrive at 10 pm. (not ideal)  The flight was actually $50 cheaper than the 50 hr bus ride. Also now know that cruises are not for me. Don't like giving up my freedom to go where I want when I want and not be restricted by schedules. Will start posting Antarctic pictures on my new Antarctic Blog tomorrow. You can find my blog at the bottom of my profile or at http://billpassmanantarctica.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Saturday  1/8/11

Supposed to catch the 6:40 pm Lan flight to Buenos , Aires but it is delayed an hour. Finally made it to Hostel Obelisco around 1 am. Seems Buenos Aires does"t think about serious partying until 1 or 2 am. Excited to be in a new place with new experiences.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 2 in Bueos, Aires

Sunday   1/9/11

Stayed up till about 3 am chatting with hostel staff and backpackers in the LOUD bar. Still great fun. I , of course, had a top bunk again in the six bed dorm and the rest of the group came in around 5-6 am. Of course, when I got up at 9:30 for the free breakfast, the rest of the group did not move until around 3 pm. About 8 McDonalds and Burger Kings within 3 blocks of the hostel so I am back in my element. The memory of gourmet food on the Antarctic Dream will soon be nothing but a memory. yeah

Had planned on City Bus Tour at 2 pm to get the sight seeing out of the way but was later informed the double decker bus was full so will rebook later this week. Instead I walked about 25 city blocks to and back from the Sunday Market which is just Artisans lining the streets with their wares and a few musicians playing. Nice way to spend a breezy, 82 degree day. Warm temperatures of rest of my trip. Even gave my fleece jacket away in Ushuaia because too expensive to ship and takes too much valuable space in my backpack.

Tomorrow I go to Brazilian Consulate to apply for my Btazilian Visa ($150) . OUCH  It usually takes 3-4 days and you have to have an incredible amount of information and flights showing you plan on leaving the country. Spending about 6 days in Buenos Aires and then Paraguay, Uruguay, Igassu Falls and then to Brazil.

Will try and upload more Antarctica pictures today.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Colonia, Uruguay

Spent the day in Colonia, Uruguay which is only an hour and half by ferry from Buenos Aires. Supposed to be the highlight of Uruguay. Spent 12.5 hours there which was 9 hours too much. Nice and kind of reminded me of downtown Natchez.



























Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Iguazu Falls (Argentina side)

Thursday   1/13/11

After 17 hrs on b us from Buenos Aires I finally made it to Puerto Iguazu around 8 am. Luckily the hostel was across the street from the bus station. After a quick shower I went to the Brazilian Consulate which was only a block away. I had to complete an application by 10 am if I wanted a visa the next day. I finished with 3 minutes to spare.  With a check in time of 2 pm I decided to go to Iguazu Falls which is 12 miles away. I got there at 11 am and stayed until 6 pm.