El Calafate, Here I Come
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I spent the morning relaxing and getting organized. Visited the Aerolineas Argentinas office, where I spent an hour (and $300) changing and confirming flights for my next few legs. (Thanks to those people at home who helped me with this earlier in my trip - everything is fine!)
By 2pm, I was on the short flight to El Calafate. I had a fun time looking out the window, following our course over the islands and mountains in my Lonely Planet guidebook map.
Upon arriving in El Calafate, I took a bus to the hostel America del Sur. I had forgotten to finalize my reservations here, and the hostel was completely full. BUT, the very helpful (and very good looking) staff offered me a mattress in the upstairs lounge / loft area.
I then inquired about Glacier tours, and within minutes the very helpful (and did I say very good looking) staff had set me up. I just had to walk into town to pay with credit card. So that´s what I did. I ventured down to Hielo y Adventura and booked my tour which would include a bus ride, a boat ride, and a 7 hour hike including a crampon-trek across the glacier Perito Moreno. Awesome. All for the mere price of 520 pesos. Like $200 U.S. Well, you only live once, right? And hopefully I´d live through the glacier crossing.
I then hit the grocery store to stock up on food and snacks for the trip. For $200, lunch was not included. Funny.
Back at the hostel, I settled in for a tasty all-i-can-eat barbecue dinner in the hostel lounge, with a great view of the surrounding area. And at sunset, this made quite a scene.
Later that evening, I met up with Cynthia (from Ushuaia), Hana, and Shane for a beer at a local pub. Hana was from Canada, and we enjoyed talking about hockey. Too bad she had to catch a 3AM bus tonight!! And Shane was from Australia. Cool guy.
We all had early morning tours, so we didn´t make it a late or crazy night. I walked Cynthia back to her hostel, and then Hana and I closed down the evening with me crawling into my sleeping bag in the Chill around 2am, and her reading a book and chit chatting with me til she had to leave a few minutes before 3am. And the guys downstairs were cleaning the lower lobby, so they had the radio going...which included a speaker at the foot of my bed. Great.
I had to be up at 6am, so I knew I was in for a rough one tomorrow.