Ushuaia, Argentina

1 Feb 2004 1:59 pm

Yesterday it was 32 degrees Celsius (90F) when I left Iguazu. I changed planes in Buenos Aires (thunder storm and 2 hour delay), then stopped in Trelew (technical stop; not sure I want to know what that means), then Rio Gallegos (scheduled stop on my ‘direct’ flight). I’m complaining, but it beats the Indian train system any day and for this I’m thrilled. It was interesting to see Argentina from the air. South of Buenos Aires, the land is one huge empty flat expanse. Just before we landed in Ushuaia the Andes emerged dotted with snow. Ushuaia does remind me of Alaska – barren scree mountains that slide right into the sea at a jagged coastline. Cruise ships big and small are parked at the pier. It was 10 degrees C (50F)when we arrived in Ushuaia at 10 pm. My cheap hostel was an easy cab ride away. Hostel Amanecer de la Bahia is run by a super friendly bunch but it’s CROWDED. This morning I met a young Brit couple who just returned from a 10 day cruise to Antarctica. They have totally sold me on the idea so I’m off to see the travel agent asap. Ushuaia is a nice little town nestled amongst beautiful scenery. It’s full of foreign tourists passing time before or after their cruises. This means that there are many souvenir shops but also good restaurants. For lunch I had the most amazing bowl of king crab soup made with shallots, parsley, cream and nutmeg. Yummy!

5 Responses to “Ushuaia, Argentina”

  1. Gordon (February 1st, 2004 at 11:46 pm)

    Sounds great Laura! I’m glad you’ve already met people to travel with. Hope the Antarctic cruise works out. Sounds like the food in South America will be more appealing to your East-European-routed tastes.

  2. susie (February 2nd, 2004 at 11:41 am)

    good show getting the website going. Now I have another internet-based excuse for procrastinating at work. All the monkeys send their very best…

  3. Cindy (February 2nd, 2004 at 12:37 pm)

    Sounds cool, Laura. Did you get any pictures from the plane? Post some photos!

  4. Tom (February 2nd, 2004 at 1:16 pm)

    Crab soup with nutmeg? That does sound good…It is good to know things have gotten off to a good start.

  5. Molly Lai (February 8th, 2004 at 4:40 pm)

    Hi Laura! I love your travel log! It sounds like you’re having a great time, meeting nice people and eating some fantastic food. Yum! The baby is due tomorrow although I think he’ll be late. Take care!