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Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Travel Section

Settling in with the travel section of the Sunday paper, I scanned an article about Ushuaia, the southernmost point in Argentina and the southernmost city in the world. There’s a big picture of snow capped mountains behind a colorful city perched on the water at the end of the continent. It’s touted as a jumping off point for Antarctic expeditions and exploring Patagonia, a good place to drop out of life, eat king crab, drink Pisco sours, and grab a latte. It’s springtime there now.

I’m leaving in a couple of weeks on a trekking/hiking trip to Tierra del Fuego that I didn’t plan and haven’t really thought about much. I dug out my flight itinerary, and there, on page 2, is a Christmas Day flight to Ushuaia.

The Buddhas, handmade paper notebooks, copper vase, Christmas baubles, and gifts are not yet unpacked from Nepal. Brochures from museums, work notes, Nepalese rupees, and my mail clutter my dining room table. My travel companion is in Venezuela observing today’s election and will have even less turnaround time than I.

Today I made no progress on unpacking and organizing as my jet lagged body demanded rest.

Soon I’ll begin moving things from one bag to the next, swapping out shoes for hiking boots. Keeping my passport, flashlight, and shampoo handy for my next flights, which look like Chicago to Miami, to Santiago, Chile, to Punto Arenas to Ushuaia, and then in and out of Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls, spectacular, huge, tropical, wild waterfalls on the border of Argentina and Brazil that led Eleanor Roosevelt to say, “Poor Niagara.”

11 Comments:

Blogger QT said...

Uh, I think I need to add this to my "dream trips" list. In the short time I have been reading your blog, you've managed to go to two countries on my "most wanted" list.

The Devil's Throat is supposed to be amazing, and I have heard you can climb down onto little islands by the falls for photos.

I can't even say "I am so envious" anymore because it is starting to sound trite...

10:16 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Wow Lucia. It sounds like an amazing trip, really amazing. More pictures! Details!

And I thought my trips to NJ were exotic. (sadly my only travel destination for the next few months)

10:27 PM  
Blogger jen said...

yet another spot on the globe i've now had to add. i agree w/ QT...my ongoing lust helps no one so just know it's ever present and i'll try not to wax on about it any more.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

I too will travel this holiday-- I hope your tip is wonderful and look forward to your blogs

10:52 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

I will, of course, likewise be looking forward to your travel blogs. It sounds like an exciting, wonderful place to visit. Travel safe. :)

Peace,

~chani

12:48 AM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Sounds like fun. Have a safe trip again. BTW I left you another message on myspace with links to online Bollywood videos.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

What a miniscule turn around time! Hiking in South America. Ever so cool.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

I live vicariously through you! Have a great time!

9:35 AM  
Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

Wow, my envy grows deeper!
Enjoy.

10:04 AM  
Blogger meno said...

You don't sit still much do you? I think i feel tired just reading about it.
But on the other hand, it sounds so interesting. I hope you take lots of pictures.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Hi Lucia,
Thanks for your reassuring note on my blog. I felt blasphemous as I wrote about not liking Christmas.

Your life sounds so amazing. Do you even experience fear or stress? Somehow I lost your blog, now I'm back. I'll look forward to photos.

Cuidate.
Caroline

11:32 AM  

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