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So where the hell are we now?

We left the Bark Europa and our Antarctic memories on January 19, 2013 when the boat harbored back into Ushuaia (check out the map if you don't know where that is). So where the hell are we now and why has it taken me this long to write about things that happened months ago??

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Surviving the Drake Passage on our way to one of the most beautiful places in the world-Antarctica!

It was almost time for our Antarctica trip! After 7 days trekking in Torres del Paine, we headed from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas (putting us even further south). We left for Punta Arenas on Christmas Eve and spent Christmas day there too

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Check out our trip through photos

Just another quick update. We put most of our photos from the Argentinian Patagonia (Bariloche, El Bolson, Esquel & El Chalten), Ushuaia, the South of the Chilean Patagonia (P.N. Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas) and Antarctica. So if you are tired of reading, you can just look at the pictures! Click on the 'photos' tab and you can search by place. Enjoy!!!

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Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, getting ready for trekking, Part 1

After trekking in El Chalten, we took a bus back to El Calafate. El Calafate kind of sucks but unfortunately it's a major hub in Patagonia and is a gateway to the southern part of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (El Chalten serves the northern and free part of the park) and you usually have to go there to transfer to other places you want to travel to.

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A return to El Chalten & Patagonia, trekking around Fitz Roy with the worst tent ever!

Three years ago, Laurent & I made a month long trip to Patagonia. We trekked around Fitz Roy from the village of El Chalten for 3 days. I never imagined that three years later, I would be lucky enough to be back in this incredible landscape. But here I was.

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Esquel, where the universe was conspiring against us

Did you ever have the feeling the universe was conspiring against you? No matter what you do, things just keep going wrong like some spirit of all the bad karma in the world was suddenly in control of everything that was happening. Is this what being in mercury's retrograde felt like? If so, it described our first days in Esquel perfectly.

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A taste of the hippy magic in El Bolson

I was looking forward to going to El Bolson. I heard it was a beautiful town surrounded by majestic mountains, colorful flowers, homemade beer, artsy stuff, fresh organic berries and had a general laid-back vibe. Yeah, it was kind of a hippy place. But honestly, deep down, I must be one too. I'll come clean. I love this stuff. And I loved El Bolson.

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Check out our trip through photos

Just another quick update. Laurent put most of our photos from the Northwest of Argentina and Mendoza. So if you are tired of reading my crappy writing, you can just look at the pictures! Click on the 'photos' tab and you can search by place.

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Gateway to Patagonia! Welcome to Bariloche; Switzerland of Argentina & the country’s best chocolate

Doesn't every country need it's own Switzerland? Snow capped alpine vistas surrounded by striking azure lakes and greenery, wooden chalets with wood burning stoves and delicious chocolate. Did we somehow fly to Europe? No, we are just in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. I have no idea why it looks like Switzerland here but it does. It's like you stepped into the fifth parallel or something.

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Heading south; first stop Mendoza, the country’s biggest wine country

From the northwest of Argentina we traveled south to Argentina's other (and more famous) wine country in Mendoza. Mendoza is a fairly large city in Argentina, located in the north west part of the country. It's also easily reachable from Santiago in Chile. Mendoza is located in the desert Cuyo region making it an arid, hot place and even though it's a desert, a startling number of trees have been planted all over the city, providing some much needed shade especially in the summer months.

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