Dani on Tour
Ok, I was telling you about taking the plane to Bariloche instead of the bus because of the long travel time. Here comes the story: We were stuck in El Calafate because our plane was due to leave on Sunday and needed to be reconfirmed on Saturday. As we wanted to do that, the owner of the hostel kind enough told us that there is no way to contact the airline because it is run by the government and they do not work on weekends, obviously. On top of that he said that this airline often cancels their flight or they are delayed...Anyway, on Sunday we got the flight reconfirmed before we made our way to the airport 1h before the plane was due to leave we arrived. At check in they told us that the plane is delayed for 3(!) hours. Sure you can imagine how many mood went from happy (because not taking the 33h bus trip) to angry and annoyed...The airport itself is a tiny building with one cafe and one shop. We killed the time with drinking coffee and sitting at the internet. After 3h still no sign of check in nor plane. We got told we have to wait another hour. 2.5 hours later we finally boarded. The plane was the most ridiculous thing I have seen in my whole life! Propellers, most of the seats were broken and of course, very loud inside and it was moving and shaking all the time! On top of that, during our flight there was a sudden scream from one of the passangers sitting next to the emergency exit door because a piece fell off and the stewardess had to explain that nothing can happen-basically the door won't open! We could not believe that whole situation and were just hoping that this 3hour flight would be over soonest! After about 2hrs we landed and Lisi and I were really happy because we only flew just 2h instead of 3h! We were about to get off the plane as the stewardess said that we are not actually in Bariloche yet, we have to start and land one more time...Already feeling sick I was about to get off anyway and take the bus...of course I did not and 1h later we arrived savely, exhausted and 5hrs late in Bariloche. Amazing how other travellers stay just really cool in such situation and just calm you down in saying: that's what you have to take if you are a backpacker...yeah, right! Bariloche itself was very nice althought Lisi felt very much like home in the sense of that the town could be more or less in Switzerland or Tirol (part of Austria were Lisi is from) because the houses etc. are made from wood, beautiful mountains etc. it is even by a huge lake called Nahuel Huapil. On the first day there we woke up with the sun outside and quite warm, pleasant weather. So we thought - excellent conditions to go skiing!! And so we did, we went up the Cerro Catedral ski arena and enjoyed ourself in the snow for the whole day. It was just beautiful and also the view from up there was undescribable...pictures will hopefully follow! The evening we spent strolling around town and booking our bus to Mendoza (our next stop) for the next day. Come the next day, we were up very early and had another look in the numerous souvenir shops as well as the chocolate shops (Bariloche is famous for its chocolate and I can tell you that I understand why...mhmmmm) before we boarded our bus around midday to Mendoza. A 19hour trip on a full bus but more about that will follow...