Finishing up in Patagonia (sniff)

Four days have passed since we arrived in Calafate. From all of the stories that we heard of Calafate before coming here I was surprised that managed to stay for so long. Despite the overly touristy downtown which we avoided except for ice cream, I found it a pleasant town to spent a few days in.

From Patagonia – El Calafate & Pietro Moreno

Today was our monthly anniversary and we celebrated by going to the nature reserve down near the waterfront. Calafate sits on the southern edge of Lake Argentina and the nature reserve sits right on the north eastern side of town. The reserve was filled with all kinds of birds and I saw hundreds of ducks in the lagoon which was a site to behold. Several hundred meters away a flock of pink flamingos was nestled behind a largish island of reeds to try and get some protection from the extremely persistent wind. The wind howled today and stronger gusts lefty you teetering on one foot or the other. I was reminded of our first few days here in Patagonia when we went to see the penguins and felt the full force of the Patagonian wind for the first time.

From Patagonia – El Calafate & Pietro Moreno

Back in town we stopped by for ice cream which is of a really high quality here in Argentina. Our newly found friend from the hostel has advised us that the quality is even better in Buenos Aires so I’m looking forward to more savory scopes of sugary cream when we get there. Unlike Japanese or American ice cream, it comes closer to gelato over here, with quite a bit of air whipped into the cream. Also seems like a good deal of cream is also used which probably bumps up the flavor and calorie intact simultaneously.

From Patagonia – El Calafate & Pietro Moreno

We stumbled back up the hill to the little hostel that we’ve been staying at for the past three nights called I Kue Ken. Highly recommended as a tidy hostel with a great view and friendly staff. I like the living area with the big windows looking out onto the lake far below and the sofa on the second floor affords an even more luxurious view. Tonight I watched the sunset from up there and enjoyed my last sunset in Patagonia. Almost made me cry! The kitchen is well stocked here, the bathrooms are clean and the supermarket is just down the road by about 400 meters or so. The long walk up the hill from down town may be a put off to some. I liked the view so was happy to make the climb. Balco or Blanco the dog – we nicknamed him Barry – is also a real treat if he decides to take a walk with you. Not sure if his owners down the street want him to do so… but yesterday we had a blast when he decided to follow us off the porch and then just tagged right along as we took a very long way down to the lake. I’d say he stayed with us for about 4 or 5 kilometers and was super well behaved. Down near the lake yesterday, however, he decided he had had enough and headed back into town when we weren’t looking. One minute we were gazing at the ducks and the next minute Barry was gone. It was much to our relief today that when Hisako and I got back from our little excursion down to the waterfront Barry was waiting on the deck once again. Adorable.

From Patagonia – El Calafate & Pietro Moreno

Our flight for BA heads out around noon tomorrow and I’ll need to be up to catch the 10 o’clock bus to the airport. Patagonia was amazing beyond belief and I have my fingers crossed that we’ll continue to experience and see things as great as we saw here for the rest of this trip. Such a great start!

From Patagonia – El Calafate & Pietro Moreno
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