Marvellous Mendoza: a whole world beyond wine

On my previous trip to Mendoza, I learnt an awful lot about the wine they produce there. I was learning by submersion; one vat of wine at a time! This time around, I branched out considerably and began to discover so much more about the quirks of local life. Here are just a few teasers… Continue reading Marvellous Mendoza: a whole world beyond wine

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Ice Ice Baby: Exploring El Calafate

Before I begin, a word of warning. Should you wish to travel, as we did, from Puerto Natales, Chile, to El Calafate, Argentina, the bus is simple and comfortable enough: six hours, approx £12. What is not advised however, is to lose, as Leo did, the PDI receipt he had received upon entering Chile. The… Continue reading Ice Ice Baby: Exploring El Calafate

A Quick Tour of Chilean Patagonia

Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales: Two relatively unremarkable cities in themselves, popular largely for being gateways to the beautiful Patagonian nature beyond. But we still managed to enjoy a variety of offerings: cultural, gastronomical and down right silly. Our first taste of Chile, on our journey northwards from Ushuaia, was a ferry across the Magellan Strait.… Continue reading A Quick Tour of Chilean Patagonia

The End of the World is Nigh

Sun, sea and snow-capped mountains. A magical trio that you quite literally have to go to the end of the earth to find adjacent to one another. As we disembarked our plane in Ushuaia, into the modest ski-chalet style airport, I was surprised and delighted to find that it was gently snowing. Everyone was wrapped… Continue reading The End of the World is Nigh

Free Fun in Buenos Aires

Despite spending the longest time in this city on my last trip, almost even committing to calling it home, I experienced another side to BA this time around. The Bargain Hunters Buenos Aires. Having seen all the tourist hotspots before, and driven by promos and the constant search for free entertainment, we sampled some of… Continue reading Free Fun in Buenos Aires

Week Twenty: birthday, burgers, buses, boats and bye bye Buenos Aires

I began the week/ I turned 22 in the best way I know how: in the crowded, dimly lit, most happening hotspot in Palermo: Burger Joint. Aside from their distorted megaphone cruelly tricking you into thinking your name is being called, their burgers (and curry ketchup) are the stuff dreams are made of. Throw in… Continue reading Week Twenty: birthday, burgers, buses, boats and bye bye Buenos Aires

Week Nineteen: back and forth to BA

Alongside yet more foodie hotspots around Palermo, I also indulged in a few (admittedly, not all that many) cultural pursuits this week. The first of these was a trip to the MALBA: the Museum of Latin-American Art. The name led me to expect all sorts of indigenous, Andean colours and handicrafts; so, imagine my surprise… Continue reading Week Nineteen: back and forth to BA

Week Eighteen: severe body clock jet lag in BA

Staying in the hip and stylish Palermo neighbourhood, much of my last week has revolved around exploring the shops, cafes and bars on offer. Working my way through a list from my friend Sophia (and honorary local) I've been eating extravagantly and multi-culturally for just about every meal; the budgeting and dieting can wait! On… Continue reading Week Eighteen: severe body clock jet lag in BA

Week Seventeen: student vibes and skydives

Within ten minutes of arriving in my hostel in Córdoba, I had made a new friend and convinced her to sign up for skydiving with me; I knew I was going to like this town! First point of business in any new city is to navigate your way around a free walking tour; soaking up… Continue reading Week Seventeen: student vibes and skydives

Week Sixteen: bizarre goings on in ghost towns

My initial moments in Valle Fertil were quite alien; rather than tramping the streets in search of a hostel with any space, I was in search of a hostel with any guests at all! Evidently, I was in luck, as I managed to source the only other tourists in town: we were three. Even fewer… Continue reading Week Sixteen: bizarre goings on in ghost towns