14.04.2010 22 °C
My one night in Chile was really good; all the boys from the previous trip grew their beards and moustaches for six weeks and we had a proper moustache competition with five different categories of shape, thickness, sexyness, offensiveness and orginality. Pictures will follow.
Early in the morning we left Chile in Frida, our TRUCK, you may never name her bus, penalties if we do and had a very long driving day to Mendoza. At the campsite we had one of Chris (tourleader, and Nancy is aswell) famous bbq´s which was great, more than half a kilo per person. We camped out, I´m tentbuddies with Kate, an 19 year old Britisch girl, we are the youngest!
Most of the people are Britisch, exept for David (German), Aisha & Shane (Australian) and Greg and Kit (south africa).
i speak dutch to greg and kit and they speak afrikaans, which is really funny. When i get back i will be hitting you up with words like bru, milli and china.
Anyway, our day in mendoza was quite chill (excuse me for the capitals, this keyboard is crap), we walked to the center, and back, I got us lost on the way back, but in my defense, no one realised until i said anything and we did get ourselfs a nice tan/burn. in the centre we just had a walk around. At night we had our own little winetasting, about 15 different bottles and we were trying them all out, iniation to the group as well, didnt end that well for certain members of the group i am afraid, they loved the wine a little too much. The next morning we had to get up early for another truckday, eventhough it is almost a full day of driving it is absolutly wonderful, we drive through the most beautiful bits of nature, (saw alpacas in the wild, donkeys, bushes, huge cactuses, deserted villages, high mountains, the highest peek of whole america, south and north, you named and i have seen it) and we play truckgames. on tuesday it was kits birthday so we had a little party which included dancebattles, games and truckdiving, meaning you have people catching you while you dive off one of the eskies. very interesting if you are driving in the meantime. Frida is really spacious and comfortable, thank god, so it is no pain in the ass sitting there.
At night we camped out at my first bushcamp, it has been a week of many first, especially the creative toilet visits in the nature, i still try to avoid them.. bushcamping is defenitly one of my favorite things so far, it is wild camping, in the middle of nowhere, big campfire, i had cookgroup that night and we made german food. never thought i would like patatoesalade. It was raining, to putting our tent up in the pouring rain was a first as well...
i have been having absolutly an amazing time so far, I am in cafeyate now, tomorrow we are going wine touring by bikeagain, but to actual wineries and we will get tours and such. The day after Im going to salta for an hour and than to salta rafting, where i am doing nine ziplines, hanging in the air and basicly you have to google it because only pictures can explain.
i have a nazca lines flight coming up, bridgejumping (bungeejumping of a brige, but than less shocking), mountainbiking on the worlds most dangerous road, three day hike to macchu picchu, rafting in tena, and the list goes on, so much to look forward to!
I hope you are all good, Im sure i forgot to tell you half of what i have been doing....