Argentina Rocks: New (Travel) Day Rising

At Glaciar Perito Moreno near El Calafate, Argentina

I consider myself a quiet character; some travellers and friends might think otherwise, but in general, I'm a man of few words. Since my beer exploits in New Zealand, I haven't had too much to say. Why? No idea. I've taken in a lot and fed my brain the intricate delights of new environments. I do love to write, but I also love being lazy!

Chile was good, but not great. A grander New Zealand at times, but also very different. A beautiful country with outstanding beer and wine - rich and poor at the same time, interesting and yet frustrating. This is the essence of travel, however, and Argentina has given me a new buzz. In the one week that I've been here, I already feel more at home than previously this year. The hostel owners have been super-friendly, welcoming us with open arms and infiltrating a warm atmosphere. The shop owners, while speaking English, have let us struggle with Spanish conversation. People in the street quickly identify us as "gringos", but go out of their way to help us.  And that's how I like it!

In New Zealand and Chile, it was sometimes hard as a couple in the hostel setting. Lots of people may disagree, but when I was single, I don't remember meeting quality people being that difficult. Part of it is obvious; you are forced to engage more often if you don't want to spend your days writing witty quotes and laughing to yourself. You share dorm rooms, which turns simple bedfellows into potential best buddies. Don't get me wrong, I don't miss those days. I had plenty of time doing the work/travel thing and while it was outrageous fun sometimes, it was a time for my 20s.

How can you not love a country where barbecue rules?

I'm turning 35 later this year. That's not old, but it's old enough for rough-housing in hostels. I'm still a man of simple pleasures - beer, food, sport (if possible) and a comfy bed usually suffice. I've encountered some despicable people and their behaviour boggles the mind at times. I'd love to smack every single one of them in the back of the head, Homer to Lenny style. But I'm a lover and not a fighter, so you've just got to keep on truckin'.

We've just left Patagonia and the Argentine part was especially wonderful. The weather has played a major part in that, but the people we've met (locals and travellers alike) have ensured a great time. I feel refreshed. I love nature and trekking is great, even if my knees and feet protested vigorously.  But I'm really looking forward to seeing the cities and towns further north because everything just feels easier here. Time moves fast so you must enjoy every experience and savour the memorable ones.

Have you ever visited a new place and felt immediately invigorated?

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10 years ago

John: I just turned 35, and I hope its not too old to go to hostels on my own??! Enjoyed this read, and can vouch for the sometimes despicable people and other times lifelong friends. You just never know what’s coming next?

Reply to  Anitalgray

Thanks! You’re never too old and it’ll be easier as a solo traveller. Just go with the flow alright!

The GypsyNesters
10 years ago

Our daughter just visited Argentina and boy are we jealous! Hope we can too sometime. Thanks for the inspiration.

Thank you David!

10 years ago

People always make the difference for me. Being an occasionally anti-social type, I admit this rather grudgingly. But seriously, people rock.

Reply to  Katrina

We can relate! When you meet awesome people, it’s the best!

10 years ago

I agree – nature and getting out in it to hike, bike, whatever, can make you feel refreshed and fabulous. I’ve never been to Patagonia. But I should probably go…

Reply to  Sabina

There sure is nothing like nature and fresh air to clear the mind. The ocean’s not a bad one either!

10 years ago

I’m glad you liked my country so far 🙂 Mind you, you’ll probably find Bs As too chaotic and not everyone is as nice as in smaller cities. Having said that, I think you’ll enjoy it. Make sure you sit down at an historic cafe (“bares notables”) (Tortoni is a great photo op but way too crowded) and people-watch sipping a coffee at your leisure. Nothing beats a cafe con leche con medialunas!

Reply to  Ana O'Reilly

Big cities are always interesting, even if the chaos (and cars) is sometimes difficult. Thanks for the recommendation, people watching is a favourite past time for sure!

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