For an hour on the tarmac
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Early start for a day of travelling. Left Siggy behind in the hostal in El Chalten and boarded the bus back to El Calafate. Tell tale sign that we were in walking country, with a big sign at the front of the bus asking travellers "Please do not take off shoes". Just 1 stop on the return at a coffee house in the middle of nowhere called La Leona. Very interesting little place with an impressive history as an important cattle ranch, before becoming a hostal. Among its occupants were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who had stayed for over a month whilst in hiding having robbed 2 South American banks and a lesser known but more distateful Uruguayan character called Asensio Brunel.
Once back in El Calafate queued up in American Aerolineas to get a flight to Buenos Aires. With time quickly running out, I was on the verge of paying for a 1st class flight to get there today, when an economy seat became available. Paid up, had a last lunch with Chris and Joel at the all you can eat steak house, got a copy of all Chris's photos (as my camera still not working from dropping it on the Navimag cruise), before it was my turn to say farewell to Joel and Chris after a month travelling together. Whilst I have just 1 week to cover Buenos Aires, Iguassu and Rio, they are heading back south for a 21 day cruise around Antarctica and the Falklands and another 2 months to get to Rio - lucky buggers!! However my travels were still not going to be solo as I'd made contact with Chad, Donna, Livia and Matt (2 weeks between Arequipa, Peru to Coroico, Bolivia) who were already in Buenos Aires and had already arranged to meet them in Buenos Aires.
Flight pretty special (apart from the food of crackers and cheese x2 being rubbish) as cruising as 34000 feet, got to see a wider angle of the chain of the Andes containing literally thousands of snow capped mountains along the Chile - Argentine border stretching as far as the eye could see. Touched down in Bariloche for an hour - Bariloche probably the biggest destination that I wanted to go to but wasn't able to fit in. However got to see it by air and looked rather special with preety mountains and lakes. Just another 2 hours flight to Buenos Aires and being only 9pm decided to chance my arm and get a taxi to Donna and Chad's apartment to see if I could crash on their apartment floor. They were out, but their landlord (a tango teacher from California) was very welcoming and hearing that I'd just arrived in Buenos Aires offered a spare bed without even verifying my identity with Chad and Donna (obviously the reputation of scousers hasn't reached California or Buenos Aires). Chad and Donna returned 30 minutes later and chatted the night away catching up over very differing adventures of the past month.
Tomorrow - time to see what the hype of Buenos Aires is all about.