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Iguazu,. Rancho relaxo and Ushuaia!

ARGENTINA | Monday, 3 May 2010 | Views [569]

We've just arrived in Ushuaia after a few days in sunny Iguazu at a hostel we dubbed 'rancho relaxo'. Great ex casino-come hostel just outside Iguazú. Beautiful pool, cheap cocktails (two for $3 during happy hours), sunshine and lounge chairs..need I say more? Met some cool people and generally felt like we were on holiday or schoolies (one of the two). Went and saw the falls which were amazing (photos to come!). We spent the next two days chilling out by the pool and having a massive farewell to R.R which for me naturally culminated in talking absolute rubbish, dancing and a 5am finish. Needless to say the next day was not overly productive. We flew down to Ushuaia yesterday and today the kids hiked to the glacier which was apparently fantastic, unfortunately haven´t managed to shake this chest infection so not quite up to sub degree hikes at present. I stayed in town and checked out the local museum/prison and did a boat trip into beagle sound which is amazing but freezing cold! Ushuaia is where the boats for Antarctic trips leave from and is dubbed 'the end of the world' due to it being the southernmost city in the world. Has been a transition getting used to 0 degrees after balmy and humid 28 in Iguaçu. My new bestie 'puff daddy' (a.k.a puffer jacket) has copped a work out. Loving the feel of Ushuaia and Argentina in general. Feel very safe despite reports to the contrary and as of yet have not run into any dramas outside a bus driver screaming at me and I believe wanting to throw me off his bus for being a ´stupid foreigner´ who clearly does not understand good Spanish and is too stupid to understand the toll machine (which was broken...I think). Only other incident for me was the homicidal rage I went into after discovering my precious leg ham (rare delicacy in S.A) and other food stuffs had been stolen from the hostel kitchen. I went looking for the culprit who had he/she presented themselves would have been undoubtedly stabbed in the face with the butter knife I was wielding; but alas I was unsuccessful in my search. I am the only member of our group who is yet to lose items; although with the size of my pack I could use a few less 'essentials'. My pack looks like it is smuggling a fat man when fully packed and I'm sure taxi drivers get a kick out of watching me try and heave it onto my back (which involves a buck / jump / epileptic fit. I pity anyone who accidently ends up behind me). Bending down to pick things up almost completely out of the question. Dave is leading the charge with about 4 essentials now gone (shaver, towel etc etc etc). Cazzy is sans sunnies and Brendan just seems to lose Caz's things.

Tummy is beginning to rumble, so will end it hear and go and whip up dinner.

Chau amigos xxx

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