A word of warning to all you readers out there: I’m in a contemplative mood and about to get all nostalgic again…  You Have Been Warned!  🙂 Wow…!  Well in the blink of an eye my global "Grand Tour" of the past 285-odd days has come to an end.  It’s crazy to think that, Read More

I’d been told by many people that seeing an Argentinian football (soccer) match live shouldn’t be missed, and up until my penultimate day in Buenos Aires I thought I’d missed my chance as the season had ended back in November when I first arrived.  But on my final afternoon in the city I found, Read More

Aaaaah, it’s great to be back in the city…! I’m in my apartment again and straight back into the swing of things here.  I’m also taking another dose of Spanish classes (private this time), but damn if it didn’t get really bloody hard all of a sudden!!!   Looks like I’ve moved past the easy, Read More

Talk about saving the best for last!  With Bolivia behind me, I had one last destination I really wanted to see in Argentina before heading back to Buenos Aires for my final stint in South America: the falls at IguazĂș!  I’d been told by many people that they’re one of the most impressive natural, Read More

Here are a few pics from my last night out on the town (I’m off to Bolivia to do some volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity over the next few weeks).  With a bunch of mates from the language school we kicked things off at the uber-retro Soul Cafe before heading on to Opera, Read More

It’s been really nice to relax back in Buenos Aires after all the fun and games down in Patagonia.  I’ve been taking more Spanish classes since I’ve been back, but with just four hours a day of classes in the morning I’ve been using the afternoons to explore some more of the city. Christmas, Read More

Last stop on our whirlwind trip of Patagonia was the coastal town of Puerto Madryn.  Its conveniently placed around about the halfway mark between Río Gallegos (right down south on the Atlantic coast) and Buenos Aires, some two solid days travel away. It turned out to be a bit of a bitch to get, Read More

After our recovery day in El Calafate we headed further south towards Torres del Paine, which is in neighbouring Chile.  Our route there took us across the flat, open and incredibly barren pampas, with the occasional estancia or glimpse of the Andes to the west (we even say Torres del Paine in the distance, Read More

We spent a day in El Calafate to have a well-earned break, unwind and recover from our climb.  We however couldn’t leave Calafate without seeing the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier 80km away, and took the bus out there in the morning. Now I’ve seen a lot of glaciers in my time, but this one, Read More

I remember the first time I heard of the Ice Cap (also called the South Patagonian Ice Field or the Continental Ice Cap), many years ago now as I was just getting into the mountain scene.  I was flicking through a Macpac outdoor gear catalog from NZ and they had a full double-page photo of their, Read More