Gem and Lob's Big Adventure
Bariloche: So off for some more Andes action... The approach to Bariloche on the bus was breathtaking and we can honestly say that we have never seen a more beautifully situated town. Hopefully the pictures give you a flavour for this. Unfortunately the view disappeared under a heavy cloud of snow and rain for the next 4 days - nice! Luckily Bariloche really only has two things in its town, chocolate shops and Irish bars, both of which helped soften the blow. You could even see them making the chocolate in front of you, self-restraint was not easy. Speaking of self restraint, we were dragged kicking and screaming to spend an evening in a casino, where we realised that we're not actually as good at BlackJack as we thought we were. Still, we didn't lose ALL our money, so we branded the evening a success. (especially as Gem won with her lucky number 13 on the roulette wheel!) Despite this adverse weather we had booked a snowboarding lesson in the assurity that the lesson would only go ahead in decent conditions. Hmmm, well as you can see from the photos we obviously have very different ideas of decent conditions! At one terrifying point Lisa was put on the skilift alone, without a safety bar and in a blizzard so bad her face froze on the way up!! We were not happy. Sooo, in the end we complained and got a whole extra day free. wahey. Luckily the weather conditions then improved quickly and completely to reveal glorious blue skies and amazing views. So we headed for the hills/slopes, where we became expert snowboarders immediately - honest. OK perhaps not, but we could go at least 10 yards without falling over by the end of the day. Well Lisa could anyway.... With Lisa's birthday approaching we decided to treat oursleves to afternoon tea at Llao Llao, one of the world's best hotels (so it says on the door, and who are we to argue?). Finest darjeeling, and even finer cakes were on the menu, all you can eat, and we made the most of it! Next up to lessen the blow of turning 24 was a boat trip round the islands on the lake. However before that we needed a little more sustinence. Fondue. Our first ever, and suprisingly tasty. Not to mention kinda fun. The boat trip itself was really pretty, there were mountains and trees and water, all that jazz, and a lovely and relaxing way to spend a birthday. Combined with yet another lovely meal, it was a very nice day. And it didn't even snow!! And so, well fed, if slightly battered from the snowboarding, we set off for the Chubut valley, to see whales and Wales....