So I got to Bariloche yesterday and we went off into the mountains for a picnic and a lovely walk through beech woodland, remarkably like woodland at home but the trees had tiny leaves and rough bark, not really like our beeches but the whole place was vaguely reminiscent. It was lovely though, nice temperature, not too warm but not pissing with rain either. I have definately decided I'm a girl for the temperate regions of the world. I'm increasingly not bothered whether that's north or south of the equator but I think I need over 40 or so degrees of latitude!
This is a crazy place, I like it very much but it?s like being in the Alps in Summer or something. There are snow capped mountains and bright blue lakes everywhere and woodland and rivers and glaciers and everything. It?s really very like Switzerland even down to the log cabins, steins of locally brewed beer, chocolate manufacture and st bernard dogs with kegs of brandy! No, really! All that?s missing are cows with huge bells and little girls running around the hillsides with their plaits at right angles to their heads (or is that Holland, hmmm....). I keep wanting to break into Eidelweiss from the sound of Music but I don?t know the words. Probably just as well.
It is a very touristy place though. I?m lucky because I?m getting to see bits that independent people without cars seldom do, just the bits the locals or Argentine tourists with cars do. Yesterday we drove about 40km on dirt roads to see a glacier. Pretty impressive it was too there was this huge chunk of black ice carving a valley out right before our very eyes. (OK, couldn?t really see the valley creation, but you could tell it was happening, you really could, yep, uh huh!) It was really breathtaking with waterfalls cascadiong down into ice below and periodic avalanches as the snow warmed in the sun.