Erin joined us on our mission for a Welsh tea in Patagonia and gawped with us in awe as we went whale watching in Puerto Madryn. She is a fellow couchsurfer and blogger from Australia, and speaks Spanish like a native. We crossed paths again for some wine tasting in Cafayate, and a tour of the salt flats in Bolivia. Read her full interview on If I had a Superpower. Erin also blogs at Souls of My Shoes.
Buenos Aires is filed to the brim with enchanting book stores like the one hiding behind the window here. Eterna Cadencia was one of my favourite places to spend time, browsing the shelves and whiling away an afternoon with a coffee, a cake and a laptop.
See more of my favourite book shops in Buenos Aires.
During my four months in Argentina, I have been to the dentist a total of 12 times, had two root canals, two crowns and one standard filling. For about 15 minutes of that time, I had no more than a small metal tooth in place of my molar, and my inadequate Spanish left me convinced I was going to have to face the world with it until my crown was made the next week. Luckily, the temporary plastic tooth had simply got lost in translation and saved me the embarrassment of looking like a pirate.
But why so many dentist visits? Read more
Sergio is the man who helped me overcome my fear after a sudden bout of claustrophobia. He grew up in and continues to live in Capilla del Monte with his family and his horses who he refers to as his colleagues. He has a powerful connection to nature, which he declares the love of his life. We were introduced to Sergio by Mark, a man who sells chocolates around the town and lives in an eco-community in the countryside.
Find out what superpowers they’d choose and read the full interviews on If I had a Superpower.
Steve and I developed a taste for whisky after being served some for free on a nightbus from Iguazu to Buenos Aires. But no whiskey since has tasted as good as the one we were given at the end of an ice trek on Perito Moreno glacier. The Famous Grouse was served on glacier ice – can’t get much better than that! See more photos in our post on Perito Moreno.
I was in a tunnel 15 feet under the ground, only just big enough to crouch and crawl through. The lights had blown a few moments earlier, just in time to see a bat skim the crown of my head. I peered through the darkness, uneasiness setting in as the earthen walls crumbled beneath my fingers.
“Keep going” whispered my friend Dan from behind, but I was frozen. No mention had been made of turnings, yet there was one just to our right. Should we take it, or go straight on? Our guide had disappeared ahead, blackness surrounded us, and air was sparse. I struggled to breathe, panic building as my mind went wild at the fear of being stuck. Dan saw my struggle and encouraged me to take deep breaths and move steadily forward. I had no choice but to listen, and continued on until the joyous moment when sunlight appeared through the exit. Read more