Many of you know we have now finished our voyage and are now home. However I wrote this when we were in Ushuaia so we might as well send it!
Here’s a bit of what happened after our last email (over 6 months ago!!!)
Despite our first impressions of
Camping in the garden of a Swiss guide who lived there, we
got to experience the first modern tiled bathroom we’d encountered for months -
only spoilt by the fact that the water had been cut off. We began to get the
feeling that the water shortages seemed to be following us around. But an even
more unfortunate part of our stay was that the day we arrived, things started
going missing in our host’s house. Naturally our host could only suspect us -
but was a little confused as the 1st things to disappear were sausages! (For
those of you who don’t know -
`Well you can’t pass this frontier´
`Perhaps tomorrow´ I countered
`Not then either´
I hoped he was joking & instead followed the direction the others had disappeared to - fearing I would even be barred from getting out of the cold. A few minutes later he reappeared and asked me where I was born.
`Why do you have an English passport? ´
`Because I don’t have to pay for a visa with a British passport but with a Czech one I do.¨
Big smiles followed & he informed us how much he liked the Czechs and so on. On enquiring how many Czechs he’d met (I haven’t met many and was surprised that so many should be passing this remote frontier), he paused and considered his reply
`Including you? One.´
On we continued to the Argentinian side - a day away in cycling terms. We were surprised at the frontier - Paso Sico. Yes it was dry but paso? We came down a mountain onto one of those dead straight, dead flat never ending roads. Half way down it, was the frontier. Where was the pass?
Down another mountain - there was the Argentinian
customs. Huge superstructure out of the
future, 4 huge gas cylinders & satellite dishes (one’s that dwarf those
ugly satellite TV dishes). Inside rows of glass fronted rooms - filled with
computer hardware. But the thing that hit us 1st was the central heating -
radiators! I think the last time we encountered those was in the
So we entered the land of mate, tango, obnoxious officials & fantastically warm & generous people.
As I didn
Ciao for now
Stani & Richard
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