A gorgeous day, a large dog approached D in the internet cafe asking to have its head scratched. David complied, and got all his printouts. See? It works.
A lazy morning read of La Nacion in the Recoleta parque next to the cementario. D encountered the porteria, who assures him that the washing machine is functioning again. Lavadora funciona, la vida esta bella. And the Buller mozarella/tomato/basil pizza isn't half bad either.
A beautiful day of r&r. Like every other day. This may be the best season for BA.
A message for the guys in the astronomy club: the vat in the window of the local Buller's brew pub would make a swell mirror for a 200 gallon Newtonian!
A nice warm day. D tried to order a taxi for tomorrow morning, in Spanish. Forget it. D tried to get his phone password changed, in Spanish. No way. So much for Spanish lessons. The Buller's barmaid apologized "Tooday we has no peabuts." Her English is better than David's Spabish.
David will attempt to travel tomorrow to Bariloche, one of Argentina's trendiest vacation spots. A crowded ski resort in winter (June through September), it is a draw for hikers, mountain climbers, paddlers etc. the rest of the year. Nestled in the Andes, surrounded by glaciers and lakes, the chances of a good internet connection are indeterminate, so there may be a slight pause here.
David was picked up at the Bariloche airport by a driver who had no English, but in the drive to town the driver managed to communicate that he liked hunting and fishing, and describe various species of armament. D was looking forward to a testosterone kind of downtown, but Bariloche turned out to be a typical upscale ski area with stores selling sunglasses, clothes and crap like that. Just to balance out the karma, D had trout for lunch and wild boar pizza for dinner.
Bariloche is embedded in a huge national forest with gargunda lakes and mountains. An English speaking guided tour in the afternoon was actually quite interesting, as David and the guide discussed nuclear power, the evolution of Argentine social structure as opposed to that of neighboring countries, nuclear power and the introduction of outside species into the local ecology. It turns out that Bariloche is a favorite stop for graduating Israeli students, most skiers in the winter are Brazilian and Argentine, and the biggest and most opulent hotel - the Llao llao (chow chow) is currently shut down for its yearly re-tooling for Passover. On the right, the chain of lakes leads towards Chile, about 80 miles away.
Another nice day spent on a boat and islands with a largely Spanish speaking tour group. D can pick up much of the tour guide's spiel, but can barely communicate with the boat stewardess. Many trees. And lakes. And mountains.
At right "Why should I study mathematics, physics, genetics; why read Shakespeare, Sartre or Plato, when the only real truth is to be found in the cold water, the sun, the constant and everlasting green, and the daily rhythm of sunsets on the shore of a lake?"
A nice walk around Bariloche before a flight back to BA. In the airport D met an estadounidense geologist who had some great bird photos and one picture of the comet McNaught backed by the southern cross. Amateur astronomer David was a bit ashamed he had hardly bothered to look up. At left, D's only extraterrestrial pic.
It's difficult to imagine, but D missed the BA bustle.
Last walk about town. First lunch in local Recoleta McDonalds next to the cementario. Some services not seen before. Fast food, fast internet.
No napkins. What is this - Hong Kong?
Snow this evening...then freezing rain and sleet after midnight. Precipitation may be heavy at times. Snow and sleet accumulation of 8 to 12 inches. Lows in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
Freezing rain and rain in the morning...then rain and freezing rain likely in the afternoon. Precipitation may be heavy at times in the morning. Cold with highs in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
Mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Partly sunny with a chance of flurries. Cold with highs in the mid 30s. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.