Chile adventures on foot

After arriving in the town of Puerto Natales after a long 14 hour bus ride from Ushuaia our trekking adventure in Torres Del Paine national park was next on our agenda and the part of our trip we were both so excited for!

This trek involved carrying our tent, sleeping bags, mats, sleeping gear, wet weather gear, stove, gas, cooking utensils, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners all on our backs for approximately 85 kms. Our hostel room was a bomb before we left.. 20121015-120610.jpg

We woke up bright and early Wednesday morning – but not early enough. Our phones were on the wrong time zone setting and thinking it was 630am it was actually 730am. Luckily the bus driver agreed to come back for us! We took a bus to the park and then a catamaran to the starting point of the W-trek which we were about to begin. Ready to go with bright orange wet weather gear- tick! 20121015-120623.jpg
From the very beginning of the trek the views were breathtaking. The terrain was so diverse from devastating desolate fire affected areas (caused by a tourist in January), to lush greenery, snow capped mountains, aqua lakes, glaciers and beautiful valleys and streams. With little to no wind the reflections of the mountains on the lake were incredible.
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Luckily we didn’t have to carry water with us. Any running stream of water was good to drink. And good is an understatement 🙂 water never tasted so fresh and crisp! 20121015-120641.jpg
Day 1 we walked towards Glacier Grey. It was so cool seeing the icebergs and the different shades of white and blue caused by the reflections of the sky and the surroundings.
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Got to love a few selfies 😉
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We camped right by the glacier the first night. We woke up thinking there was a massive thunder storm when in actual fact it was part of the glacier chipping off. Nature and its surprises.

For dinner we enjoyed devoured mushroom risotto from a packet. Our conversation went something like this.. “This could honestly be served in a 5 star restaurant”… “Maybe its just cause we are hungry”… “no i’m serious i don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything so good”. Lol.
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Next day we were all packed up and off to our next campsite. Crossing big, unstable bridges with signs like these are enough to make you a bit concerned. 20121015-120821.jpg

On day 3 we were blessed with beautiful blue skies which we did not take for granted after hearing horror stories about Patagonian weather.20121015-120829.jpg
A day of picturesque scenery.
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Panoramic 360 degree view. Feeling a bit low on the energy side of things, this definitely raised the spirits!20121015-120845.jpg

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Occasionally we would just stop, pinch ourselves that we were actually here and have a moment to take it all in.20121015-120914.jpg

This was by at our favourite day of scenery. Patagonia was really showing off what it has to offer 😉 20121015-120924.jpg

If mushroom risotto was 5 star quality, then 2 minute noodles AND creamy spinach soup deserved 3 hats!20121015-120930.jpg

Pitching our tent on a wooden board at the next campsite was luxury! A flat surface, unlike the previous night prevented me waking up squashed to the side of the tent on the hard cold ground (with Josh soundly asleep and oblivious) haha 20121015-120936.jpg

We had a relatively good night sleep and were ready the most difficult day of the trek. 22 kms and steep inclines. But after a hearty bowl of delicious hot oats- you know about my love for them– we were ready and pumped! . 20121015-120943.jpg

We reached our campsite way earlier than we expected, pitched our tent and decided to trek up to Torres Del Paine thinking it would just be a stroll. How wrong we were! Steep and rocky- but well worth the view! 20121015-120951.jpg
The cow mountain.
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After a lovely evening at camp we woke up for our last day, dosed up on the oats and coffee and off we went! 20121015-121006.jpg
We made it our tradition to run as fast as we could down hills (yes, with our massive backpacks on)… Such fun! This also meant our 10ks down to our end point just flew
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After a fun and relatively easy day we arrived at our final destination feeling good, accomplished and satisfied!20121015-121024.jpg

We enjoyed coke and coffee and a clean bathroom with oh so sweet melting soap!!!!20121015-121034.jpg

After finally returning to our hostel, returning our hired gear and scrubbing up like never before we headed out for a post-trek feed to a place recommended by our friend Bortzy, La Picada de Don Carlitos. a20121015-121103.jpg

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What an incredible journey we shared together! We crossed many boundaries that should probably never be crossed, spent hours chatting about random topics from trigonometry to economics to singing random songs, playing rhyming games, predicting passer-byers’ itineraries and enjoying kms of absolute silence.

Today we are taking a day to unwind, relax and rest the feet before taking a a bus early tomorrow morning to El Calafate back in Argentina.

Until next time, hasta Luego!

Check out our Travel Page for more of our adventures!

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Delicious Thai Dinner Idea

Thailand is a feast for the senses! The beautiful beaches, the delicious cocktails, the wonderful people, the affordable massages and the clear, blue waters perfect for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming.

However, one of the highlights from my recent trip to Thailand was the Thai cooking class Josh and I took in Koh Samui.

What attracts me to the Thai cuisine is the abundance of vegetables and fresh herbs. My protein of choice (When it comes to Thai) is usually always Tofu.

When we arrived at our hotel outdoor dining area, a wonderful array of ingredients and a portable stove had been set up.

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Some of the herbs, spices and ingredients

The Chef never spoke any English, so the receptionist translated for us 🙂

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One of the delicious dishes we cooked, was the Gaeng Kiew Waan (Green Curry). We were told that it originated from Central Thailand and is loved by most people as it is not as hot as other Thai dishes. In other words if you can’t handle the heat – this dish is for you!

We happily chopped, diced and sliced out little hearts away

 

And we came out with a delicious dish- our teacher was proud of us 😉

We sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labour

Tom Yum Soup and Green Curry (center)

So, I recommend you give it a try. It is creamy, tasty, full of veggies and you can add any protein that tickles your fancy.

Here is the recipe:

Gaeng Kiew Waan (Green Curry)

Ingredients:

  • 100g meat / chicken / fish fillet / tofu
  • 50g green curry paste
  • 20g red chilli
  • 5g sweet basil
  • 10g fish sauce
  • 300g coconut milk
  • 50g eggplant
  • 50g beans
  • 10g sugar
  • ** add any other vegetables! Peppers, broccoli and carrot all work well

Method

  • In a pot, put the green curry paste and a bit of coconut milk
  • Stir and blend for 2 minutes
  • Add the protein
  • Add more coconut milk and vegetables
  • Add sugar and fish sauce to taste

Tips

  • Be sure to taste along the way, and modify to suit your preferences
  • It is hard to reverse adding too much fish sauce, so don’t be too generous!
  • Check out your local Asian grocer for any ingredients you have trouble finding

Enjoy! And let me know how you go!

Now, I turn to you. What is your favourite cuisine to cook at home?