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We have left behind the comforts of our apartment in Buenos Aires, along with our private kitchen, private room, private bathroom, and eating steak and drinking red wine to excess.  We have now re-entered the backpacking world, arriving in El Calafate last night to begin our 6 week journey through Patagonia and the Lake District of both Argentina and Chile.

It was initially difficult when we saw our room for the first time (a 4 person dorm with two sets of bunk beds, both of us getting a separate top bunk–how romantic).

Our room in El Calafate

Our room in El Calafate

But a quick look out the window of the upstairs of our hostel and a trip to the front porch reminded us of why we are roughing it for the next several weeks we are in Patagonia.

View from second floor window of our hostel

View from second floor window of our hostel

View from the second floor window of our hostel

View from the second floor window of our hostel

The surroundings of the town of El Calafate are gorgeous.  It reminds us a bit of Switzerland, with a nice, beautifully colored green lake surrounded by huge, dark green trees and snow capped mountains in the background.

One thing that has been a bit unexpected is the wind.  While it is summer here, it doesn’t get hot because we’re so far south, but one of the things about summers in Patagonia is wind.  It’s typical for the wind to be constantly blowing at 25-35 mph.  It’s pretty crazy just walking down the street.

Look at that hair!

Look at that hair!

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet since my last post was the length of a book.  But we are adjusting just fine back into the backpacker’s life, and it doesn’t hurt that we have our visit to Perito Moreno Glacier tomorrow to look forward to, in addition to hiking, ice trekking, camping, and visiting glaciers and icebergs in the coming weeks.

Take care everyone, and until next time…

~Adam

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