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Heading further South…

DAY THREE (Feb 18)

Okay, so many of you have been bugging us for photos, and they start today! So sharpen up your eyeballs and get ready!

We take off from Buenos Aires around 11:00AM and soon we make a stop in a small town called Telew, Argentina.  Most of the passengers on the plane depart and a few board.  So with a half full plane, something you rarely see anymore, we take off again and land in Ushuaia, Argentina.  Also known as “Tierra del Fuego” (“Land of Fire”) and in an area known as “Patagonia”, this town (city?) is nicknamed, “Fin del Mundo” (“End of the World”)

(Etymology:  The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón, which was used by Magellan in 1520 to describe the native tribes of the region, whom his expedition thought to be giants. It is now believed that the people he called the Patagons were Tehuelches, who tended to be taller than Europeans of the time.  This might explain some phenomenon we encountered on our trip to Machu Picchu several years ago)

Our luggage nowhere in sight, we have another uneventful flight to Tierra del Fuego.  We check on a whim, but our luggage did not make the plane.  So off we go to our hotel in Ushuaia.  This is a quaint little city, the southernmost in the world.  It is cool and a crisp 35 degrees Fahrenheit here even though it is summer in this part of the world.  Sure glad I bought a sweatshirt in Miami, knowing the chances of having luggage upon arrival was slim to none.

The views out of the Commercial Airliner windows were Stunning!

It is now day 3, our flight to Buenos Aires using up one night and we have nothing to do but check out this little city built on a hill that once used to be a penal colony.  Contact with the airlines still assures us that we will get our luggage soon.  We hope so because we are in day 3 with the same clothes on.  We acquired some underwear and sweatshirts in Miami just in case and we are at least glad for that.  We now have a day and a half before we need to turn that luggage in to the ship for our Expedition even further south.

Ushuaia turns out to be quite the bustling place with a circuit of one way streets lined with restaurants, stores and shops that open around 10 AM and close from 1 to 4 PM for siesta and open again until around 8 PM.  We spy some Patagonian Adventure Gear Stores and make note of their locations in case we need them. We even find a “Hard Rock Café” in Ushuaia of all places! We stop in and have a drink just because when are you ever going to be in a Hard Rock Café in Ushuaia?  So the end of Day 3 comes and we find ourselves having dinner in a fabulous lamb restaurant. The chef tells me he cooks 10-12 full animals each DAY! And he cooks them on a revolving smoker/cooker and what you order is a ‘chunk’ of lamb and that is what you get! Lamb, skin and any offal that happens to come along with it. Not being a fan of offal, (I believe that whomever named it ‘Offal’, knew what he was doing!) but the lamb was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection!

After dinner, we strolled back to the hotel and ended up getting lost at night (It was after 11 PM so it was dark) and wandered this way and that until we eventually found our hotel. Never felt worried at all for our safety. Passed many people and everybody greeted everybody as friends!  We have another chat with the airlines in an unfruitful attempt to acquire our lost luggage.   So we turn in for a night’s rest in a hotel bed.

Heading South

DAY TWO (Feb 17)

Boarded a mid morning flight and landed in Miami, let’s go get our bags and figure out what to do with them for 5 hours.  What?  Where are they?  All the other passengers have got their bags and here we are standing at the carousel and there are no bags left, let alone OUR bags!  This nightmare is getting worse.  Off to baggage claim to figure this out.  Our luggage is still in Atlanta?  It was supposed to follow us this morning!  We have to go to South America this afternoon!  How do we get our bags there?  So many questions, so much stress!  Not to worry, we’re told, our bags will be shipped!  All we can do is get on the next flight and let the airlines do their job!  Well, at least we don’t have to roll our huge bags around with us for the next 5 hours!  Our lost luggage claim filed (This moment will become more important later) and we’re off to check out Miami for a few hours.  So as a wise friend taught us, “Stay Calm and Get Yourself a Drink!

Grabbed a fun lunch at Chili’s II and kicked back for a few hours, not much else to do.  Not enough time for a proper visit.  We go back in the airport and go through security and check in to our flight to Buenos Aires, only 24 hours later than our original booking.  Sure glad we planned to visit South America for a few days before our Expedition Ship departs!

We board the flight scheduled to leave at 6:00PM, after finding out that our luggage is still in Atlanta, unsure of our luggage whereabouts and we have an eventless flight south. I think we both even managed to get a few hours sleep!  We arrive in Buenos Aires around 7:00AM local time and have a few hours this time to get on our flight to Ushuaia.  Our luggage has not arrived but we knew in Miami that it would not be on the plane.  So we get on a transit bus to go across the airport to our next flight to Ushuaia.  The good news is that our original schedule had us traveling across Buenos Aires to a totally different airport for our flight south to Ushuaia.  Now we travel out of EZE (same airport) to Ushuaia and only have to travel across the airport on an internal bus.