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Day 27 and 28 - Buenos Aires

I forgot to mention in my blog post yesterday that when I went to the Drs to get myself checked out for being a swine.... errr I mean having suspected swine flu that the Dr asked me a series of questions... one of them had me struggling to maintain my composure, he asked me:

"And how are you poo poos and wee wees?"

Now, in fairness my Spanish is about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike but I was almost in stitches... I guess the terms number 1s and number 2s haven´t made it to Buenos Aires yet.

On Monday evening I had planned to go on the pub crawl but ended up playing the ´Things´game (thanks again for that one Banana) with Georgina and Sam (England), Gillian (Scotland), Gabe (US) and my room mates Clive and Bec (Australia mate). We played until about 1am and then I endeavoured to teach Georgina how to play pool.... it was err.... entertaining.

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From Andy´s Travels Mid April to Early May

From Andy´s Travels Mid April to Early May

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Day 26 and 27 - Mendoza to Buenos Aires

So, Mendoza was a bit of a cop out. Lovely place but I needed some R&R so I didn't really do much yesterday. Went to the park with Pamela, Maike and Felix and ended up meeting Charlie (who I met in Bariloche) there. We went to follow the trail of football fans to take a look at the submerged stadium. Almost made it but the site of rowdy fans and police with sub machine guns and twitchy finders put us off a little. Surprise that....

I did manage to get a hot dog though. It's kind of like a chorizo sausage hot dog. Very nice.

Got the bus yesterday and arrived in Buenos Aires today feeling a little tired. I wanted to expend some energy though so I walked from the bus station to the hostel with my pack. I was pretty pleased with myself for doing that. Exercise has been at a premium the last couple of days.

So, how was my first day in Buenos Aires I hear you ask.... Well, it's been err... entertaining. After hearing about the Swine flu in Mexico City yesterday, I became a li…

Day 24 and 25 - Mendoza

Wow, internet connection here is pretty poor so I'll have to combine two days into one. I got to Mendoza at about 9am on 24th April. It's a nice enough town... I got to my room and wanted to have a shower after the 16 and a half hour bus journey. Another empty four bed room, result I thought. The shower was great and I was about to step out of the bathroom in my pants and take a nap when I heard two female voices..... Aaahhh..... slight problem, there's me in my pants looking like a basted chicken on account of my lack of tan about to offend two girls who are sharing my room.

I plucked (pardon the chicken pun) up the courage to leave the bathroom.... strolled proudly into the bedroom and profusely apologised.... After the initial shock wore off, they introduced themselves as Pamela (Chile) and Maike (Germany).

Since then, we've got on like a house on fire. I spent yesterday afternoon walking around the town with them building up the appetite for the all you can eat BBQ t…

Day 22-23 Bariloche to Mendoza

Wow, had a great day yesterday. Jon, Carly and I hired a car and drove to the black glacier just south of Bariloche. Amazing. The drive took us about 2 or 3 hours and it was almost permanently on stone roads, god knows what the suspension will be like on the car now. Pretty buggered i´d imagine...





The weather was appalling but the glacier was worth it. It was stunning and the landscape on the way to the glacier was something else.



Beautiful lakes of blues, aqua marines and the kind of green you find near glaciers against the backdrop of magnificent, proud mountain ranges. Out of this world.







Met up with Bob (Holland), Laurie (UK), Ollie and Charles (UK) last night and we dominated the pool table. Took me back to bunking off lectures at Uni to play pool at the student union. Ha ha....

Woke up this morning and decided i´m done with lake and mountain views. Time to sample the wines of Mendoza. I´ve just booked my bus ticket and I now can look forward to 16 hours of rolling countryside from…

Day 21 - Puerto Varas to Bariloche

Bit of a travel filled day today. I got up around 9ish and had breakfast. Jumped on the net and went off to video the view over Lake Llanquehue in Puerto Varas while the day was clear.


Noalys helped me to get money changed and provisions for my bus journey. The bus was a little basic but comfortable. The Green Mile in Spanish is actually a very entertaining watch....

The scenery we passed on the 7 hour bus ride is just idyllic. Mountains meet lakes with magnificent proud trees scattered between. A real joy to behold.



I met Jon and Carly from Brighton on the bus and we went for some food and a couple of Quilmes (Argentinian beer). The Hostel Inn in Bariloche is nice, clean and has excellent views over the lake to the mountains on the far side.


It´s about 70 steps to get up to reception but should keep me fit.

Today, we hire a car and drive to the black glacier. The sound of the ice cracking is supposed to resemble thunder. I´ll try and get it recorded for you guys. Can´t wait.....

Oh, I m…

Day 20 - Puerto Varas

Last night, Rob and I went out for a bite to eat. We ended up going to Taberna Pirata on the lake front in Puerto Varas. We intended to stay for a couple of Cerveza`s and ended up chatting to the owner Noalys Hernandez who is 29 and originally from Cuba.

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We were practicing our Spanish on her and before we knew it.... Buena Vista Social Club was playing in the background and we were settling down to a sumptuous dish of Cuban Pork and Rice.

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The pork is cooked for 6 hours and has to be up there with the best food i´ve had on this trip. It was amazing. Noalys agreed to show us around Puerto Varas in the morning so Rob and I went off to the casino.

To say I had the anti midas touch was probably an understatement..... We put 10 pounds 50p in each and I sat down to play blackjack. at 3 pounds a hand, I lasted for exactly seven hands losing every single one. For those with a penchant for maths, you´ll figure ou…

Day 19 - Puerto Varas

I made my way down to Puerto Varas last night by coach. The coach was suprisingly comfortable. I opted for Premium class which is the top notch business. It meant I got a fully flat bed. I managed about 4 or 5 hours sleep which was pretty handy.

I woke up at about 6.15am and looked out of the window to see beautiful rolling countryside and the most amazing misty fog. There was about a metre gap between the ground and the start of the band of fog. It was hanging there like a banner. Never seen anything like it before. I tried to video it but I don´t think i did a good job.

Anyway, I got to Puerto Varas at about 8.15am. I got off the bus and looked around.


I saw dead bushes rolling past but that was about it. No sign of anything. I was tired, it was about 10 degrees and I wanted a shower.

So, stinky went off to seek comfort by the roadside and sure enough, a smiling Chilean man swung past in his taxi. I showed him the colour of my money and he agreed to take me to the hostel. About thre…

Day 17 to 18 - Santiago

So, I decided to stay in Santiago an extra night and will take the bus to Puerto Varas tonight. I ended up spending four hours in the internet cafe uploading video and images to attach to this blog. Completely forgot the time and ended up not having enough time to catch the bus.

I didn´t do much last night. Read a tour book on Chile and Peru, read my book which has been a little neglected and listened to music. Went to bed around 10pm. Still have this damn cough annoying me so I didn´t get much sleep. The bus this evening should be fun.

I decided because I am still a little sick that I´d splash out a bit. I bought a ticket for a premier seat for the bus. It folds down like a bed and I think i´m on the fifth floor. I´m sure that´s what the guy at the ticket desk said. We had a great conversation, unfortunately in two very different languages....

Will see tonight.



Walked out of the metro at Bellas Artes (the metro stop near Hostel Andes where i´m staying) after buying the bus tickets and he…

Pic update

The posts should be a little more interesting look at now as I´ve put a few vids up and loads of pics. Take a look back at some of the posts to put pictures to words.

You can also click through to the entire Picasa album using the link below the pics. Travel around the world.

Cheers

Andy

Day 16 and 17 - Santiago

So, I finally got some sleep on Wednesday night after watching the Champions League games. Chatted to some Gremio fans from Brazil and then went to bed at 7pm. Was sharing a room with Barry (UK) and Oti (Finland). I was on my own to begin with and they arrived pretty late so I thought it was just me for the night. I can´t apologise enough to them for the first vision they had as they entered the room. Me in my pants bent over looking into my back pack. So sorry guys. Hope it didn´t ruin Santiago for you....

Met Rochana from Wales at breakfast. Totally impressive, she´s travelled extensively and is only 18. She´s currently travelling around South America on her own. Amazing. We decided to go for a walk around the centre of Santiago and then to go to the Zoo. Santiago is a nice place without being exceptional. It has some lovely buildings but after Mexico City, it struggles to compare. Although the Zoo was pretty cool. It´s situated on a mountain below the impressive Statue of The Virgin…

Videos finally

Hi Guys

Sorry for the nightmare uploading videos. Finally got some up but it`s slow going. I`ve inserted videos in my early blog posts from San Francisco and will continue to add them to the blog posts as I upload more.

Will try to get pics up also.

Cheers

Andy

Day 15 - Santiago

Man, I was so tired at the airport. I was looking forward to another sleepless night flying. Got on the plane at Mexico City and noticed it was half full. So I stole in and got two seats to myself by the emergency exit with extra leg room. Resultati!

The flight into Santiago is just beautiful. Looking out of the window I saw mountains breaking through the cloud looking absolutely imperious. From Travel Around the WorldFrom Travel Around the WorldFrom Travel Around the World

Got to Santiago and i´m trying to figure out what to do with myself. Have to wait in reception from 9am this morning until 2pm for my room so I slept in reception. Probably snoring, dribbling and farting.... who knows! I don´t even know whether I should be getting lunch, dinner or breakfast at this point.

Give me a hand making a decision on what I should do next by voting in the poll below.

Will probably be a quiet one today.

See you.

Andy

Day 14 - Mexico City

I officially have what's known as travellers flu. Couldn't sleep last night on account of all the coughing. Grrr. Managed to get 3 hours sleep and then met up with Paulina. We went to the Museum of Anthropology. It was great to see the rich history that Mexico has. An amazing place.

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Short post as I'm leaving for Santiago this evening. Looking forward to checking out destination number 6.

Laters

Andy

Day 12 and 13 - Mexico City

Day 12 was a bit of a blur. Didn't really do much today other than sleep. Had real tacos in Coyoacan which was great.

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Day 13, I went to the pyramids in Mexico with some of the guys from the hostel.

Teotihuacan is an amazing place (hope that's how it's spelt).






We climbed to the top and the view was just out of this world.




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Also had my first experience of the metro in Mexico City. Didn't realise I had please stare at me tattoo'd on my forehead.

Spent most of the day there and it was steaming hot. Was delighted to head off at around 2pm as I was in severe danger of getting a tan.

I officially bought my first novelty souvenier. A clay ornament in the shape of a jaguar that makes a jaguar noise when you blow in it. Couldn't have spent $3 any wiser. Some Swiss girls we met showed me how to play clay based souvenier ornaments... check …

Day 11 - Mexico City

So, went to a bakery just off the Zocalo with Brooke (NZ), Steve (UK), Nick and Brendon (Canada) and Brittany (US).
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We went and had a look around the Zocalo.
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It's amazing. Third biggest square in the world. They had these Aztec dancers blowing smoke onto people to remove evil spirits.
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Didn't have enough smoke for my spirits though. :)

The most bizarre thing, this guy walked past us dressed as a power ranger. No joke.

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He strolled past us and gave us a nod. He didn't ask for any money. He was just checking out the stalls. He must have woken up that morning and opened his wardrobe and said: "Hmmm, jeans and a t-shirt...... no it's definitely a power rangers day today."

We toured the Mayor Temple which was pretty crazy. They only discovered it in the 1970s as it was buried …

Day 10 - Mexico City

Wow, Mexico is an eye opener. Having a great time so far. The hostel I'm staying in is called a party hostel and after last night I can see why. We went to watch some crazy Mexican wrestling last night. It's hilarious. I've never seen something so bizarre and staged. Brilliant. We came back here and got a bit smashed. It didn't help when the barman got on the bar and started pouring tequila shots down our throats.

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Off to tour the Zocalo tomorrow with Brooke from NZ so should be fun. Then later tomorrow evening I think Paulina, a mexican girl we met, is teaching me how to salsa. That should test the three left feet I have.

Laters.

Andy

Day 9 - Dallas

Finally, a day where I got up at a decent hour and actually did stuff :)

I went into Dallas downtown today and took a look around the 6th Floor Museum at the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald book depository. It was an amazing experience. They do a great job there. I got some pics and vids to share with you all and will hopefully be able to do that today at some point.


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I also went to the museum of art in Dallas
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and then met up with Ali and the team for dinner. It was lovely to catch up and chat about the errr..... good old days at TTA.

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Had an early night and feel refreshed as I head to Mexico City.

That's all folks.

Andy

Day 7 and 8 - Vegas to Dallas

So, I re-read my last post and realised that I possibly needed to explain the Russian Prostitute part as it didn't read too well. I put in the conversation which made me look like an idiot as well as some other stuff about the somewhat hazy evening at Playboy Club.

Day 7 - Las Vegas

Today is my last day in Vegas. I went down to see all the big casinos to check them all out and took some pics.



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I met up with a few 60 to 70 year olds from Minnesota waiting in line for the Double Deuce bus and asked them if that was where Wizard of Oz was set. They said it was Kansas to which I replied "Wow, so you've got lots of flying houses there right?" breaking what seemed like a lengthy silence one of them replied... "No sonny, all are houses are fixed to the ground. We get tornados real regular you see."

"Oh right, thanks. That's err... interesting." Thank god the bus arrived at that moment.

I did some mor…

Day 5 and 6 - Las Vegas

So, finished my first day in Las Vegas. It was a typical Vegas day. Thanks to Amanda who got me on the guestlist at Playboy club at The Palms. It was a pretty interesting evening. I met a few people but actually found myself in the middle of a party that the Spearmint Rhino strip club girls were having. Very bizarre. I was then propositioned by a Russian prostitute called Sasha. She must have thought that I was a bit of a tool because she came up to me and after the classic getting to know you chat, where you from, what's your name, are you enjoying Vegas etc, she said:

"$350 will get you a good time in Vegas."

to which I replied:

"Oh really, I've only spent about $100 so far and have really enjoyed myself."

She looked a little confused and then said:

"No, I mean $350 will leave you very happy for an hour."

to which I replied:

"Sorry, what exactly are you saying."

Her response:

"Are you the police?"

"Aah, I said, you mean $350 for a…

Day 5 - LA to Las Vegas

So, I got to Vegas ok. Felt a little seedy this morning. Met up with a great group of people last night in LA. Jon and the gang, thanks for sharing a beer or two and some lemon shots with me.
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Actually, not sure I should thank you for the lemon shots, think they bought about my downfall slightly.

Vegas is a crazy place. I'm just about to go out for my first night. Amanda has been a star and sorted out guest list sports at Playboy club and the clubs at the Palms.

Plane trip was a little weird this morning. As I was getting off there was a woman sitting eyes closed open mouthed on the plane. The guy in front of me turned round and said, "Dude, I don't think she's breathing." May have actually seen a dead person. Very eerie.

On that note, time for a beer. Staying at The Riviera in Vegas... very cool.

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C ya.

Andy