December 2016 - January 2017
  • Day56

    Chile's burning

    January 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Chile has 30-30-30 conditions. Which is bad. It means more then 30 degrees, winds of more than 30 km, humidity below 30.

    Forests are burning right now in three regions south of Santiago, up to Valparaiso.

    Whole towns have been evacuated, a fireman died this morning, two police men missing. Until now 330000 hectars burned, the fires still not under control.

    They sent in world's biggest fire fighter plane today, it's right now preparing for it's second flight...

    The sky in Santiago is always grey, it's smelling of smoke.
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  • Day15

    Just some small things I found

    December 15, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    - Christmas at the airport bathroom...
    - parque de la memoria: a statue of a young man standing in the river. He is almost covered at high tide. It is a memorial to all the people who have been kidnapped, anaesthetized and thrown into the river.
    - just a sign
    - is he smoking dope? Or having mate?
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  • Day11

    Art

    December 11, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Just some David La Chapelle pictures. And the impression of gentrification in Buenos Aires...

  • Day11

    Contrasts

    December 11, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    My hostel is on microcento. That is, surprisingly, the center. Save area (at least that's what they say. No, honestly, everything fine here.) The townhall, offices, 5 star hotels. With Buenos Aires' longest car free shopping street. All the more or less expensive shops you expect.

    Then was on a walking tour, city centre, ending in Recoleta. Gucci, Armani, to name a few. Very expensive area.

    And I visited La Boca. There is an art museum (David Lachapelle exhibition. Free!). The area where the museum is is very arty. Bit run down but museums, galleries, street art.

    Later I was smuggled into the after party of a polo match, tricked ourselfs into the VIP area for free drinks. Very posh people, chinos and white shirts, the ladies wearing nice dresses, very British, very upper class (very bad music. You should not put techno music on top of Soundgarden.)

    When you walk one or two streets further into La Boca the area changes. More run down, obviously poor people. And the police telling you that it is not recommended to go further if you look like a tourist. Which I obviously do, being too white for the area and wearing too expensive closes. So you better go back.

    Nobody goes to the expensive shopping street any more after dark. It is taken over by homeless people sleeping there.

    I passed a street in the middle of last night with a bus, market stalls are lining the street. And at 3 a clock in the morning there are still the people owning the stuff. They live there, in, under, on top if there stalls.

    When coming home from the metro to my hostel I have to cross the street (well, the widest avenue in the world. 175 meters. So crossing is a bit too weak for what you actually have to do). I remember the place where to cross from the place where a couple of homeless people live... Also there are people sleeping on the greens in the middle of that street.
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  • Day8

    Mecklenburger Seenplatte. But not naked.

    December 8, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    So back from the far north near Buenos Aires. Tigre is pretty much suburb of Buenos Aires. Its located in the delta of a couple of rivers.

    Its a favourite weekend destination for people from Buenos Aires. They come her, get in taxi boats and go to resorts or houses in the delta. You can reach the area only by boat. So there are also supermarket boats to deliver food. It is comparable to the Spreewald or the Seenplatte, only people here are not naked. And the nature is a bit more exotic.

    Main tourist activity: go on a one hour boat tour (check). And visit the Puerto de las frutas, a big market (check).

    Today is public holiday, dia de la virgen. So there will be processions, fireworks and concerts tonight.
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  • Day7

    A word on the environmet

    December 7, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    So I visited a subtropical rainforest. Big old trees, loads of animals. 50 types of snakes (10 of them are dangerous...), monkeys, coatis, about a 100 different types of trees, I don't know how many different birds, not talking about all the butterflies and critters and insects around (and mosquitoes. Well...)

    That is the one side of the story. The other side is: its the last patch of that forest here. In Brazil everything is cut down to produce soy beans. In Argentina everything is replaced by pine trees to produce wood.

    And of course the powerplant: imagine the area that is occupied by the dam and the lake.

    There are only 12 to 15 jaguars left in the park. And not only that there are loosing the forest, they are also run over by cars, like hundreds of other bigger animals each year.

    Flying over it shows pretty good what has happened to the forest...
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  • Day6

    Going to Brazil

    December 6, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Its all about Motörhead today ( https://youtu.be/w3l73fxGo3Q ) Well, and about another "how big can it get?" thing.

    Right behind the border, in Brazil is a city called Foz de Iguazu. And there you can find the second largest water power plant in the world (China is first now, but Brazil had the title a pretty long time).

    It was shitty getting there, going through migrations, the bus not waiting for the three tourists on the bus (but at least I got the Brazil stamp on the passport. Been there, seen it. Check.) So I took a moto taxi into the city, he got me to the right bus, I missed the stop but they are flexible here ;-)

    You then get on a so called panoramic tour, taking you around on the 8km wide wall. The power plant is a project run by Paraguay and Brazil together, producing 80% of Paraguay's and 15% of Brazil's electric power. The lake behind the wall is 170 by 15 km... Of course they tell you about everything good they do, running environmental projects, having a technical university... And if course they don't tell you about the people being relocated when the wall was built.

    After that meeting for a coffee with Silvia from Couchsurfing. She has polish grandparents... You guys are everywhere!
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  • Day5

    The most expensive shower in my life.

    December 5, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Went to the falls again to complete the trails. So walked 3.5 km through the jungle to.... Another waterfall. Met a giant lizard thingy on the way that was so kind not to feel disturbed by me and so I could study it a while.

    Later went for rafting. You go so close to the big falls that it is as if someone is holding a large hose directly in your face. Soaking wet. When CH is not to bad with the temperature here.

    Oh, and had fun with a guy literally sitting beneath the "don't feed the coatis, they will steal everything from you" sign feeding a coati and then being surprised that his stuff was taken apart by about six coatis :-D
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