Saturday, February 11, 2006

This one is for the people!

A big shizzle out to you Boardmaniacs (doo rags and tear-away tank tops to follow...the hell with pimpin, merchandisin' ain't easy) who may be wondering what happened to el Adamo. Well, I have been off the grid for the last couple of weeks, partly intentionally -i.e. sick of email and long winded blog entries- and also because I have been in BFE. That is short for "el Chalten, argentina," but can also mean "Eastern Washington."

Besides, since leaving work behind is a big part of what this is about, and considering checking personal email is what I spent a lot of my time doing there, you can understand my position. Did I just say that? Anyway, I hope you did not miss me too much.

As for what I have been up to, lots of news. Saw some really old trees in alerces national park, although I did manage to get on the bus to the park in the hugely isolated national park with n phone, computer, ATM or credit card access to speak of for four days with 10 pesos in cash. that is about 3 dollars american. As you can see, while blogging, what I was NOT doing was thinking ahead.

That was also the day that Andy and I came the closest to killing each other. It is a good thing we did not get any closer, because listen up ladies, I am basically, like a self taught ninja, seriously. But thankfully, I did not have to get all Crouching Tiger on him since we ended up taking a few hours apart and then everything was great again.

We camped on this BEAUTIFUL lake, and from our campsite I watched the sun AND an incredible moon set over the mountains marking the chilean border. Went swimming a bunch and got a bit of a sunburn (the tan is coming along nicely), and we ended up going along with some camp neighbors federico and Maria who fish to this really cool river where andy caught a gi-normous trout almost two feet long. I spent the time drinking maté, eating cookies, and learning bad words in spanish from Maria, Federico's girlfriend on the shore. If something is really messed up, like the episode at the end of this email, it is a hecha pelota. Or hecho mierda. whichever feels better to you, really.

After the park, we headed BACK to Ezquel for our flight to Calafate on LADE the state airline that is super cheap that was recommended to us by some other travelers. I could write a whole book about this episode. Let's just say I never thought I would show up to an airport, noon on a sunday to find it closed and a guy out front telling me LITERALLY "El avion no viene. Es Fractura." The plane didn't come. It's broke. Welcome to Planet Patagonia.

Instead of a 2 hour flight (the other option was a 30 hour bus ride that was actually more expensive) we had to kill a day in Ezquel, where we did laundry-my jeans needed an oil change- and afterwards we were planning to hit the internet cafe, but we ended up just standing around the parking lot of the laundromat for another 30 minutes or so talking, when the first people to walk by in the entire hour are none other but the couple from Orcas Island (two blogs ago)! Eric and Annette invited us up to their little apt and we got drunk on argentine beer while we waited to leave and I talked at length about food. Imagine that.

needless to say, It was way more fun than blogging.

Oh come on, come on, come back...I still love ya. No no no, of course I am happy to be here. No, beer is not better than you. well, okay, most of the time it is.

So loyal audience, and I like you enough to bring home the goods with the blog. Now go eat some chocolate and make yourself feel better.

Back to the travel saga. instead of a 2 hour flight, we ended up having to take an overnight microbus (think passenger van but WAY less comfortable) across the unpaved argentine pampa with two other dissappointed LADE travelers, arriving at 6 AM in Comodoro Rivadavia at the airport with about an hour of bad sleep and some memories of bizarre stops at Argentine Truck stops. Can you think of anything better to do at 3 AM in a middle of nowhere truck stop than watch dubbed steven seagal movies? Well, in Argentina, they can't.

The plane left around 9. By now we are completely delirious. The plane was this old air force dual prop that again recalled Indiana Jones (cue theme...beige map with animated red line...fedora over the eyes), and let me emphasize there was no safety demonstration. No pointing to the exits, no speech, no lift the handle to release the buckle. If you are on this airline, the staff assume that Safety is obviously not a big priority.

On the subject of what they did not tell us, the plane had a scheduled stop in Rio Gallegos (desert, on the coast), which looks nothing like Calafate (big lake and mountians). Besides confusing my very feeble, tired mind, it added another hour and a half to our increasingly long trip. We finally arrive in Calafate at 2 pm monday, 24 hours late, with a 4 hour bus ride over unpaved roads in an unventilated bus, in the middle of summer with broken AC, with 30 dirty hippies and backpacker, oh, and no bathroom.

Three things going for me: a charged ipod, some appropriate recently learned slang, and excellent bladder control. But to all my little Boardmaniacs out there, you will have to tune in next time to find out how this segways into more abusrdity.

And keep your eyes peeled for the doo rags.

P.S. This week's Trivia Question, with a Patagonian Theme: What does Adam have in common with Charles Darwin?


Blogger tiffany said...

ADAM! It's 3:40 in the morning here and I just got my first invite to a threesome :D I'm not joining, but boy was it great to be welcome. Point #1 - I'm glad you're having such a great time over there and maybe someday someday I can come to visit. #2 - Happy Birthday!!! Woo!!! FINE I'll have a drink for you. Fine. But you'll owe me.
So much love, adios for now

1:45 AM  
Blogger gregger said...

ADAM! It's 3:50 in the afternoon now and I'm busy putting on lipstick and combing my chest hair, and waiting for my first invite to a threesome :D I'm not joking.



3:55 PM  
Blogger laurshep07 said...

ok, adam, it's lauren, boy, you've changed a lot, but my question is, well..... What the Heck is up with you, if auntie deb saw this she'd FREAK!!!! well, i still love u, but tone it down a
p.s. Email me at

4:30 PM  

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