Ushuaia – The end of the world

We arrived in Ushuaia ready for our adventure to begin, and Ushuaia, you did not disappoint! Ushuaia is the southern most city in the world, surrounded by mountains on one side and the Beagle Canal on the other. As soon as we touched down on the runway situated metres from the canal, with the backdrop of the snow capped mountains we knew we were in for a treat.

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Knowing we only had one full day here we woke up extra early yesterday morning to squeeze everything we wanted to do in. We stayed in a charming guest house called Viento Del Sur and we were served a delicious breakfast which fuelled us for what was to come! Our first stop was Glacier Martial, where you can catch a chairlift up to the base or walk up. We of course chose to walk. We were the only people to be seen and no footprints to follow which was both daunting and exciting.

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The snow was fresh, fluffy and perfect for snow angels 🙂

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and the view just kept getting better!

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We searched and searched for a path but it was nowhere to be seen. We did spot a couple of benches that had been snowed over almost completely and we assumed (and found out after) that due to the large amounts of snow the paths had been covered. But despite this we were not heading back just yet. We decided the only way to go was up! In thick snow, we treaded our way up the mountain. Stages of it required crawling on our hands and knees, fighting the gravity pulling us down!

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And there was only one way down! We tobogganed our way down on our bums. Crazy scary at first we were both just kind of shaking in our boots but once we gave into the idea of it, it was awesome!

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Beautiful morning!

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And no better way to finish it off…

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Now all we needed was a taxi to take us back to town. But none to be found, so we began our long trek down. Realising how long this was going to take us we resorted to other options. we were in luck and managed to hitch a ride with a lovely lady who happened to work at the tea shop.

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We headed to the supermarket, bought some things for lunch including brown rolls, tuna, ricotta and an avocado and caught a taxi to our next destination- Tierra Del Fuego (Land of Fire).

We had no real expectations of the national park, no map and no real idea of what we were in for. We naively got dropped at the entrance to the park, a VERY long way away from the start of the trails. Luckily an Argentinian guy in a taxi stopped and offered us to jump in the taxi with him. Matias, thank you! You truly saved the day. It turns out there are several trails you can do, of various lengths and difficulties and with very different starting points. While some head inland, we decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and join Matias on the coastal trail.

And nothing could prepare us for what were about to see. The most tranquil place with absolutely breathtaking views!

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After 2 hours of walking we stopped for lunch. Beautiful views, great company, cold water and good food = bliss.

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We continued walking and were blown away by the beauty of this place.

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Literally a slice of heaven untouched and undisturbed.

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Smiles all round, all day.

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Can you spot Chile?

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After an awesome 10km walk we headed back to town, exhausted but very satisfied. We went straight to the supermarket, bought things to make dinner and retreated to the warmth of our hostel. A hearty meal and a bottle of red wine completed our perfect day!

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Josh’s thoughts

A quick introduction to this section:
Those that know us will agree that Kel and I are quite different in personalities- Kel is the artistic, idealistic and carefree type, who loves spontaneity – Kel often likes to leave things to the very last minute – often resulting in moments of chaos, but somehow always managing to pull through. I on the other hand am a firm believer in logic, practicality and forward planning. I like things organised, and when I write, it is generally direct and to the point.
Luckily however, the two of us complement each other like steak and potatoes (or in Kel’s case sushi and soy sauce). We both share a common love for the outdoors, food and exercise, and we aren’t afraid to tell each other when they do something funny, impressive, annoying or disgusting!

Given we are sharing this adventure together, I feel like it is my obligation to add some cold hard facts, tips and things we have learnt, to the end of each of kels lovely, fluffy, and emotional recounts. The idea of this section will be to help provide a bit more info about the places we visit, as well as to provide a little bit of practical advice to those thinking of travelling to the same places. It’s not comprehensive, but just a few things to know before you get there without ruining the surprise!

So without further ado, I present my tips on Ushuaia:

The weather changes extremely frequently So have lots of layers. I wore a long sleaved merino wool thermal, a polar fleece and a wind/rain thin outer jacket. And between these I was fine. The weather would move between sunshine, wind, rain and snow all in about 15 minutes.

Pick a trail for Tierra Del Fuego before you go, and get dropped at the start of that trail. Also, enquire as to taxi or bus service from the end of the trail back to Ushuaia because these are not always so frequent. We were lucky as a mini bus stopped for us and let us buy a ticket on the bus (rather than from a travel agent)

Travel agents are closed between 2.30pm and 5.30pm (and closed on Sundays) so make sure you book buses etc before or after.

ATMs can run out of money! So always make sure you plan ahead and keep a couple of days cash in reserves. Also, one of our bank cards stopped working (I think our bank was suspicious of all the money beings drawn in Argentina) so having a second bank account as back up was a saver for us!

Don’t expect people to speak English. Having at least a bit of Spanish is a must- it’s amazing how you can get by with just a few Spanish lessons at home under your belt (plus a travel companion who can speak a bit more!)

Anyway that’s all for now. Hasta Luego! (Until next time)

Check out our Travel Page for more of our adventures!

Jumping back on the ‘healthy’ bandwagon

One of my favourite things about visiting Thailand was enjoying the fresh, vegetable-rich and delicious Thai cuisine.

Josh and I took a cooking class, and a while ago I shared the Thai Green Curry recipe which we both absolutely loved.

So after a weekend of rather indulgent eating and drinking (here is a taste-test)…

I was delighted to come home this Sunday night to one of my favourite home made Thai meals, thanks mum 🙂

Pad Thai

 Ingredients

-3 Eggs (can use tofu, meat or chicken instead)
-1 Red/Green capsicum
-Mushrooms
-Shallots (spring onion)
-Lemon
-Thai egg noodles
-Pad Thai sauce
-Chopped peanuts to serve
-Bean sprouts

Method
-To prepare, chop vegetables and soak egg noodles for 5 minutes (or according to pack instructions)
-Fry eggs in a large wok and set aside
-Stir fry capsicum and mushrooms
-Add Pad Thai sauce to vegetables, then add noodles
-To serve, place noodles and vegetables in a large dish, topped with egg, shallots and bean sprouts
-Place nuts, lemon wedges and extra shallots on the side and add generously to enjoy!

Best part about it? Packed lunch for tomorrow! (Half Pad Thai, half spinach and capsicum salad)

Perfect Sunday night cap 🙂

What delicious meals have your eaten this weekend?

For more delicious dinner ideas check out my Recipe page which includes:
Preparing dinner in 3 easy steps
-Tips for eating well and feeling satisfied
-Healthy spin on Mexican cuisine

Rainy Day

Good morning, friends!

Don’t you agree that it is just THAT much harder getting out of bed on a rainy day?

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Well that was certainly the case this morning. My day is starting nice and early, I am off to teach a Kindergarten class at a school around the corner. I am a ‘casual’ teacher which means I fill in when one of the permanent staff are away. It is great – I love it! But waiting for those calls can sometimes be a pain.

This morning I had my usual oats and tea for breaky

Oats and Tea mmm

and packed my school lunch

Vegetable minestrone soup, apple, banana, picnic and tea!

The plan was to go for a run after school, but this weather is not looking promising.

What exercise do you like to do on a rainy day? (or is it an automatic excuse for a ‘rest’ day?)

Anyway, lets stay optimistic and hope it clears up 🙂

Have a great day!