A week at the world´s end

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It´s a long way back up to Buenos Aires

So in the last week I´ve been relaxing in Ushuaia, as I didn´t feel like rushing around to see things and then leave. The journey here, which is almost the same as the journey to Punta Arenas in Chile, put me off repeating it too soon.

On Thursday I took a tour by catamaran along the Beagle Channel, visiting a colony of sea lions, bird island (populated mostly by cormorants), a lighthouse and then on to the islands where the penguin colonies are. As usual, the sea lions were doing absolutely nothing. Supposedly at this time of year the males are fighting over the females for breeding rights, but I wouldn´t mind just seeing them swim.....

Friday and Saturday were days off, time to look around town. Sunday morning I left for the National Park with the intention to stay the night in the refuge, but after walking almost all the trails on a bitterly cold day I longed for a hot shower and a comfortable bed, so I went back to town and found a hostel for the night.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Monday was to be my first experience of couchsurfing (www.couchsurfing.org), which for the uninitiated is where people offer their spare rooms or couch to travellers who request lodging on a website that uses Facebook-esque profiles to describe the travellers and hosts. I met the girl Yanina in the travel agency where she works and with her previous guest, Christophe from Lyon, we went back to her place. Christophe is a chef, so he cooked up an excellent lunch and afterwards he and I climbed Cerro Martial to get some views of town from above. Yanina was in Bristol earlier this year, so naturally I spent the evening asking her about her experiences there.

This afternoon I´m going to see the museums and then tomorrow I´m off on the bus to Punta Arenas in Chile. Over and out.

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It´s a long way back up to Buenos…
It´s a long way back up to Bueno…
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park
The park extends to the border wit…
The park extends to the border wi…
Bahia Lapataia, also in the nation…
Bahia Lapataia, also in the natio…
Cerro Martial, that overlooks Ushu…
Cerro Martial, that overlooks Ush…
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