martes, abril 08, 2008

The Perito Moreno Glacier. with photos



Sorry for this radio silence for some days but they were my last days in Argentina and then I took the plane to come back to Paris.

Finally I am home, without my suitcase , quite tired but full of energy to finally upload a post about the glacier with some pics and videos.

The Glacier Perito Moreno. Monday March 31st

We had arrived the previous night from a 2 days trekking trip on El Chalten so for monday we decided to do the soft ice trekking on the glacier, just a 1h30 with the crampons walking on the ice.

We woked up at 6h and after a 80 km trip we arrived to the Parque Natural de los Glaciares with the first panoramic view of the glacier.

It is really amazing to one of the 2 glaciers of the world that is still growing. The effect of growing sometimes makes also that huge blocks of ice fall into the lake.

Here you can see some pics from the Glacier taken from the boat that took us to the shelter.

The arm of the glacier seen from the boat

Me at the view point before starting the ice trekking.

This is the ice sea that you see when walking on the glacier

We were really lucky with the weather... It is quite funny to walk on the ice with the crampons.

Here having a whisky at the Glacier... with Francois

A nice video of the lunch we had at the Glacier

sábado, abril 05, 2008

The Glacier must wait.... Buenos Aires Party is not that bad!!

I am in the internet place close to my appartment. For those that didn´t know we decided to rent an appartment in center B.Aires, The appartment is amazing but the area is not that good, As many american cities downtown is only for working hours and at night a lot of homeless people try to get themselves a life by searching food on the trash containters and street bins, it is quite disgusting but you realize how different some neighbourhood are in here.Rich people lives some blocks away but there streets are clean and maintained whereas in the microcenter is quite sad to see the every night show. At least is not dangerous at all and as taxis are very cheap we go from door to door without stepping on the street.

I am telling you this because yesterday we (Marcos indeed) decided to throw a party in our appartment, we had brought some french cheeses and all his friends came over, obviously it was a excuse to drink some beers and wine, and the horrible national drink (the Whisky-cola Spanish) what is called Fernet with Cola. Fernet is an italian spirit that reminds me to a mix of differents medicines I had when I was kid, and the taste is really disgusting....

Well, the party went Ok, I left them a bit early as I had another Bday party from a friend that was in Paris with us but we managed to join both groups in a discotheque were we danced till 6am with several drinks above the limit... Today as you could imagine we rested and we did some shopping for those that make comments....

Plan for tonite: Party again and tomorrow we are going to a Boca Juniors match.
I will tell you everything if I survive and I will post some pics from the Glacier (i leave this to the end in order to keep the emotion...)

Who is in Paris now? How is it? Rainning?
I will be in Madrid on the 18th of april... any plans?
Does somebody wants any special thing from here? Alfajores havana maybe??
Enjoy the Feria de Abril.

Tango is a very sexy dance, specially if you dance with a sexy girl, and if you know how to dance.
This country loves being in the international news.After the countryside crisis, is the Malvinas request back, and the fact that adoptive parents of a "stolen" girl during the dictatorship has been sent to prision by their daughter....

Anyway: Besos a todos y Vamos Boca!!!!

jueves, abril 03, 2008

A day in the countryside!!! and the crisis is solved


Well as you may know the crisis in the countryside is solved, at least for the next 30 days, the farmers have finally unblocked the roads and today the trucks will arrive to the central markets, so do not be worried for me, I will can eat a bit more during the next days!!

Apparently they have unblocked the roads in order not to lose the support of the main cities that will be without goods but also is a mesure to see if the Gov will relax the mesures and lower the taxes on the exportation.

It is quite funny that all of this happens when I am in the countryside, we came to Marcos "Finca" at 200 km away from B.Aires, we were looking for the blocking guys but we didnt see nothing and the ambience was good.

We have enjoyed a nice weather, and amazing Asado, which is an Argentinian BBQ and we have been riding wild horses on his fields, it is nice to get away from the city and to fell the nature.
I can really say I am lucky.

Nice facts,
Yesterday I had my first dinner served by servants.... (the feeling is quite weird if you do not know how to behave)

I still do not know the B.As night, I hope to go out tonight. We might make a pre-drinks party in my appartment and then go dancing-

Girls are amazing, really cute and quite easy to talk to, but I confirm that the spanish accent doesnt work. ( And the fact that I have a girlfriend....obviously!!!!)

Ok for now, I will try to post something during the weekend and the trip to the Glacier and Patagonian mountains....

People are responding to the call, and comments are made, THANKS A LOT for reading, I reply every comment you make and I confirm that gifts will be done to those that add a constructing comment!


miércoles, abril 02, 2008

Buenos Aires again - Argentina Crisis-

Hello people,

El reportero aventurero strikes back again....

I was supposed to tell you about the amazing hikes and views from the Argentinian Patagonia but what Argentina is living in this moment makes me consider today´s post, so I will tell you some inside news about what is going on here.

I believe you all know the basis of the conflict, that opposes the governement and the agricultural associantions and unions as the Gov is rising a 44% the taxes on the exportation on the agricultural goods. Agricultural unions are blocking the main roads so no goods come to the markets. You will have all information in any international newspaper and I am not going to take any political position as I am just a witness of what is going on.

What I am going to do is to tell you how people live this conflict. It is said that Argentina has a psycologist for every 900 persons and inside every argentinian there is a footbal coach and a politician, so they are more than happy to discuss about politics.

It is amazing that with everyone I have discussed it is against the Gov, I have discussed with some high business guys, some well-off people and some people on the streets, as well as the taxi drivers. They are all againts them and they all say that this crisis might lead to the fall of the Gov.

Maybe this is by the fact that I B.Aires the gov didn´t win the elections (as well as in all main cities of Argentina), but I still haven´t found anyone for the mesures taking by the Gov

In the other hand you might see thousands of people at the plaza the Mayo, supporting the Gov, well, I have been told that this people come from the rural villages and that everything is paid for them if they come to the capital to support and to make noise, Today we saw a really huge demonstration that it very like the times where Evita was alive. I was lucky to feel the Peronismo way of acting. Very popular, populist and always showing off their power and talking about the people and about the argentinian nation. Something historical!!
It is now when you feel how easy is to manipulate the voters.

Well, what is funny is that tomorrow there is another parade but this time is againts the Gov, organized by the countryside people. We will see what happens. Last week some people come to boicot it and there were riots around the obelisc square

The only thing I do not want to happen is that like in the last big strike in 1976 everything will end in a "coup d´etat" (golpe de estado), This country is so rich and the people so nice that it deserves something better.

Sorry for the political posts but its amazing to see how Argentinians are into politics and we will see what happens.

The facts that might interest.
Some markets don´t have meat
prices have increased a lot
they want to start measuring how many milk people buy
It is raining very hard today
We will go to the countryside so I will have a deepper insight.

The Alfajores are amazing
and I don´t go back to work!!!

Besos a todos and have a good day.


lunes, marzo 31, 2008

Thanks for the comments

Just to say thank you for the comments and continue posting, I promise gifts to everyone that post something or that makes a question!!!



Hello again!!

I am in El Calafate the getaway town to El Perito Moreno Glacier, we arrived yesterday after a 2 days trip to El Chalten, a very small village were we were doing some amazing trekking that I will try to tell you in further posts.
Today we have done the Glacier tour and all I can say is that it is asthonishing, incredible, no words to describe it... but it will be part of another post, hopefully with videos!

Well the title today is Iguazu, and I will try to tell you what we lived there and to describe the waterfalls.

Francois, me and our travel mate for this adventure (Jas) arrived at Iguazu last wednesday, the first image we got from the waterfalls were from the plane, it is so beautiful to see the falls from the air, the day was clear and you would never imagine that the falls are so big and that they cover so many land.

I have to say that we were very lucky as in the airport we met "the man". Gustavo was the guy who took us to the hotel on his car but also offer himself to be our private advisor all over the trip, so with him Francois and me went to the Brasilian side of the falls in the evening (Jas didn´t have the visa, so we sent her to do some sport activities on the river).

The Brasilian side is more about the panoramic view, the big waterfalls are on the Argentinian side but from the brasilian you have more distance and you are able to see how big they are. The tour took us around 4 hours and Gustavo was sharply waiting for us at the exit.

The rest of the night we didn´t do much, eat at the hotel and have some beers and wine, there is a story about a PJ fight that I will deny at every level....

On thursday was the big day, Gustavo took us to the Argentinian side, he recommended us an excursion where we were on a 4x4 truck in the forest, then we took a fastboat on the river over the rapids and with the boat we went literally down 2 of the waterfalls.
It is amazing how fast the water falls and how cold it is, we were totally wet but as the day was amazing it was a pleasure and a lot of fun, you will see the pics.

After the shower, we did some trekking over the national park, following the different falls and having some increible views that will take out your breath. It is like you never get bored of seeing the water falling!!

The end of the tour was the best part, we went to La Garganta del Diablo, that is the upper part of the falls and were you see several streams collapsing into the river Iguazu, the steams that the falls create when hitting the river doesnt let you see the end of the cliff and the rainbows it makes is amazing, I really recommend everyone to come here and see it. I have some videos and I will edit this post so you can judge by yourselves!!

Then we were out dinning to a really nice restaurant and to rest as the next day Francois and me were leaving to Patagonia and we wanted to advance our flight as were were afraid of missing the connection, here is where "the man" continues acting...

Gustavo manages to get the manager of the flight company and without doing the 1hour waiting line we got our flight changed (Jas had to stay there as she didnt get a connection). He saved our live as our original flight was delayed, so we had to stay in B.Aires and all the plans we made in Patagonia would have been almost cancelled!!!
There I realized who important is to have connections everywhere.

I hope I didn´t bother you too much but I promise some pics, soon.

I am leaving to B.Aires in a couple of hours, in the agenda, we will go to the countryside to do some horseriding and some fiesta at night!!!

besos a todos

sábado, marzo 29, 2008

From Argentina (Buenos Aires II and Iguazu)

Hello again,

Well I am back, I have only 5 minutes before the Internet Cafe closes so I will try to tell you my story about what we suffer on monday night at Buenos Aires....

We were with Marcos father at his place and then we decide to go out for lunch with some friends, when we were on the street, suddenly we notice a big big noise, we were in the richest neigbourhood of B.Aires but there it was, we were in the middle of a cacerolazo, everywhere you looked at you could find people with their saucepans, spoons making noise, the pedestrians were clapping their hands and the cars horning, it is amazing as it was very spontaneus (apparently). Then we realized that people were protesting againts the rise of the taxes on the soy (soja) for the countryside people.

I had a nice video I will upload maybe on monday!! As tomorrow I will take a bus at 7 am to go to El Chalten.
Today I arrived from the subtropical climate of the Iguazu Waterfalls to the cold cold place of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
I will try to tell you about the waterfalls tomorrow


viernes, marzo 28, 2008

From Argentina (buenos aires)

Hello my friends!

Yes I am back, long time no see you and long time away from this blog. But I am back, and ready to tell you some amazing news about what is going on at "el mundo de Pablo" or at Pablo y el mundo.

First of all you might notice that the language has changed, right now as the audience is more and more international I will write in english, comments are always welcomed in any language so feel free to write something....

Secondly, I would like to confess that the main reason I am back is because I am not in Paris, I am in Argentina, and since I took my flight I was thinking in posting something in here and in trying to renew the blog... I will do the first thing now and next steps steps will come shortly.

About Argentina:
I arrived last monday after a horrible flight from Madrid, horrible in the sense that I wanted to stay a bit more in Madrid with Maria and my friends and horrible as the bad luck is always with me in the sense of craying babies sitting close to me in planes and this 12h flight was not different from the others.... but I managed to arrive to Buenos aires.

The first hours I spent in B aires I did it by my own, I managed to leave the luggage at a transport company as some locals told me the train stations and the bus stations were not safe at all, and after watching 9 Reinas during the weekend I didn´t want my stuff to be robbed.

After this, I went out walking around and I realized B.Aires is very like Madrid, in the people, in the streets and in the way people behave, I met my friends in the evening and we went out for a percussion concert (timbales y demas) really nice and for dinner,.
The bad thing is when we realized that after the concert my friend got robbed into her car so the ambiance of the night was a bit down.

Tuesday was really calm, I go my first asado (argentinian beff) and I went to el Barrio de la Boca, where Boca Juniors comes from, amazing place I will show you some pics....

In the end I met some other friends and I got to look for François, that arrived that day.

On Wednesday we came to Iguazu, I have to tell you that is amazing but I will leave the story here to see if I can upload some pics or tell you something about the way I see this country.

Besos para todos