Ushuaia Snapshots

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

We traveled to Argentina on the way to Antarctica.  One year later, I’m sharing my snapshots with you.

Ushuaia is a small town of 56,000 and is the capital of Tierra del Fuego.  It’s also the southernmost city in Argentina and where you pick up cruises to Antarctica.

We left the oppressive heat of Buenos Aires and when our plane landed, it felt like we were in another world (all cliches aside).  This is one of those locations that makes you stop and realize you’re in a far off place.

The city is tucked into the Andes.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

They call it “fin del mundo” or the end of the world.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

Again on my hunt to see Pope Francis paraphernalia.  We didn’t see as much as I hoped but this caricature totally made up for it.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

We passed some time in a chocolate shop and bought some chocolate Santas to have for Christmas.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

We took a day trip out of the city.  The winds are so strong that the trees grow sideways into Dr. Seuss shapes.  The landscape was breathtaking.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

This tree in particular is called La Bandera — the flag.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

We arrived at this remote area.  So quiet and peaceful.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

We hopped a boat to an island to visit some Magellanic penguins.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

The beach was filled with penguins who were either too young or old to be nesting (not kidding, you can tell the older guys because they’re grey).  Everyone else was nesting and we got to see babies!

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

Whenever I see penguins I’m overcome with the urge to chat with them like they have any idea what I’m saying.  These were Argentine-resident penguins and I’m sure they don’t speak English.  Maybe Spanish?

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

Mr. P checks out a whale skeleton after we finished our penguin visit.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

Back in Ushuaia, my friend and I had some local sparkling wine (we’re on vacation and why not, but then again, one never needs a reason to drink sparkling).

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

Mr. P opted for a local beer.  How local?  Check out La Bandera on the label — the tree I took a picture of earlier.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

We climbed the hill to a tiny little restaurant where we had local seafood and enjoyed the view of the Beagle Channel.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

After our meal, we walked back to our hotel and had this excellent view of the harbor.  We didn’t notice the floating Christmas tree until that very moment.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

The next day, we took off on our greatest adventure.  Our time in Argentina is easily overshadowed by what was ahead, so I’m glad I took the time to share it with you separately.  I hope you enjoyed it!

Previously: Argentina in Yellow, Buenos Aires Snapshots.  See all of my travel related posts here.

Ushuaia Argentina Snapshots 2013 by Natalie Parker

Argentina in Yellow

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

We left for Argentina almost a year ago.  It was really a stepping stone to a bigger adventure.  When we got home, we were still reeling from the experience of being in Antarctica.  I shared Antarctica pictures with you but my time in Argentina was quickly pushed aside as I started the new year, new classes, and looked ahead.

I was coding my travel archives a couple weeks ago and realized I hadn’t said anything about Argentina.  I’m thinking about it now and how beautiful the weather must be.  I’m starting to forget what it felt like to be in the oppressive heat with rolling blackouts.

When we visited China, I experimented for the first time actively capturing one color: red.  If you don’t naturally take photos of random objects and default toward the “big shots,” this is good practice to break out of that mold.

In Argentina, I picked yellow.  Here is what I found:

This is one of the first pictures I took, when we arrived in La Recoleta in Buenos Aires.  I think I picked yellow at that moment or soon before.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Most taxis are black and yellow.  Traffic is a mix between first and third world, meaning they mostly obey traffic laws but it can get hairy.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

A bench outside an ice cream stand in Palermo as we went for what must have been the fifth serving of dulce de leche ice cream.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

I was trying to get the Starbucks sign with the traffic signs here.  Everything is a mixture of new and old.  Sometimes the differences can be quite stark.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Picking up some maps of the city before stopping for an ice cream.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Remembering an amused taxi driver taking us to La Costanera so we could find choripan (more on that in a later post).  We wanted real street food and we found it.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

I stopped everyone for this shot as we were rushing back to the hotel (after an ice cream pit stop) so we could catch a flight south.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Ushuaia, the southernmost city in Argentina, “El Fin del Mundo” or end of the world as they call it.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Right at the foot of the Andes, it looks a bit like a ski town.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Getting a remis to our hotel.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Beautiful flowers outside the hotel lobby.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

And finally, standing on the shore of the Beagle Channel.  We’d sail through it the next day on our way to the seventh continent.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker

Stay tuned for more Argentina photos leading up to Christmas.  I’m planning a roundup for each of the two cities we visited.

Argentina in Yellow by Natalie Parker