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Posted by Jessica on May 30, 2005
Fast Forward

Tim and I have a problem. It’s nothing serious, nothing to be worried about…but it’s a problem nevertheless.

See, the fact of the matter is that we’ve had too many awesome, exciting, unique, surprising, and memorable events over the past several months. We’ve had so many wonderful and interesting experiences that we have pages and pages worth of material that we want to write for the website. The problem, of course, is that we can’t seem to find time to write everything we want to write and to do everything we want to do. (I know, I know, it’s a tough life we’re living right now, isn’t it?) The result is that we feel like we’re back in college with papers and deadlines and pressure…and the more we think about everything we want to write about and the more we think about all the stories we have to catch-up on, the more we feel overwhelmed. (*insert the world’s smallest violin playing here*)

This problem is so, well, problematic that it’s driven us to drink our sorrows away on many-a-night. (Actually, that’s not true: we often enjoy a few libations without any excuse necessary at all.) And so we’ve reached a decision, but only after consulting one another and a few bottles of wine:

We’ve decided to fast-forward the website back to present (or nearly present) day. What does this mean? Well, it basically means we have about 1.5 months worth of material that we haven’t written about yet and that we’ve decided not to write about for some time. So rather than telling tales from several weeks ago, we’re going to start telling tales about what’s happening now. (And by “now” I totally mean “now, plus or minus a week or so.”)

But no worries, we’ll be writing about those 1.5 months in detail eventually…we just realized that if we continue to try to catch-up everything in chronological order, we’re always going to be behind. In other words, if we tell you any more about penguins (i.e. Puerto Madryn which is where we were 2 months ago), we won’t be able to tell you about what we’ve been up to recently for another few months. And, well, we really want to tell you about everything that’s been happening recently.

That’s not to say we don’t want to share the 1.5 months we’re skipping over. Not at all: some of our best memories from the trip thus far are within those 1.5 months. So just to wet your taste buds (and to remind us about a few things later on too), here’s a recap of some of the highlights:

El Bolson (10 days, stop #8 on this chart) You’ve heard a bit about this lovely place from this post, but there’s also: a hidden waterfall, a rickety bridge straight out of Indiana Jones, a cliffside cemetery, climbing a mountain for 7 hours, being chased by 10 crazed dogs after said climb, sitting on the “roof of the world” and overlooking the Andes, scary birds that still give Tim nightmares, a determined 2 hour wait outside a grocery store for meat, and a pizza eating cat named Pac Man. (You might see some references to these tidbits in the El Bolson photo gallery.)

Mendoza (8 days, stop #9 on this chart) We haven’t written anything about this visit yet, but here are some highlights: the garlic incident, a McDonald’s that serves bottles of wine with its combo meals, a monkey that still gives Tim nightmares, a zoo that would give any US lawyer a heart attack, standing face to face with roaring lions (for a video of that, check out The Junior Hedgehog Club), streets lined with trees and deadly pits for gutters, white wine thrown at a stranger, a one eyed cat and fifteen vultures, the most attentive waiter in the world, a 12 hour barbeque and beer/wine fest with good friends, our first time making our very own pasta sauce from scratch, and our first time drinking the famed Argentinean drink known as mate.

Buenos Aires (32 days, stop #10 on this chart) You’ve heard a bit about our third visit to this lovely city here, here and here, but there’s also: lesbian couples made of soap, seeing our first opera in the beautiful Teatro Colon, Jessica’s bucket hat, a day of jubilee, a Sunday in the rain, the realization that we’re a month behind on our trip’s schedule (whoops!), two sick hedgehogs for two straight weeks, getting lost in the one area of the city that the Lonely Planet guide tells you not to get lost in, getting trapped in a restaurant’s bathroom by a two-legged monster, drinking mate from our very own gourd for the first time (that’s mate in that picture, not a bong), buying a hand-carved chess set depicting the Incas versus the Spaniards, and of course a month’s worth of private Spanish lessons with a wonderful professor.

So there you have it, the past 1.5 months in a nutshell. And now Tim and I can relax and share everything that’s happened in the location we’re at right now, a place we’ve been for the past 7 days: Puerto Iguazú, home of the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls located on the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

May 30, 2005 at 1:30pm

wow. those lions really had a lot to say.

and i can't wait to hear more about all the stories – surprising, scary, all of that.. just this little preview has me laughing… but am glad to be caught 'up to date', too.

yeah, and cry me a river ;) what a fun problem you have!

so much love to you both!

Carried away
May 31, 2005 at 3:32am
Wise decision my dear travellers. Just face it, there is too much to tell and it is way better to experience it now and tell it later. No stress. I've been thorougly impressed by how much you've preserved for prosperity already, very commendable.

So were the lesbians actually made of soap? ;)

May 31, 2005 at 7:24am
Its the Maui Jim boys
May 31, 2005 at 7:27am
Timmy you crazy monkey boy "You like circus monkey"…eh
Sister Soldier (The Post Hog)
May 31, 2005 at 11:51pm
Darn it! I missed the lesbians! To think it could of been the only "clean" girlfriend I ever had! *sigh* How much more of this hedge-hoggy "soap" oprea must we endure? I guess all we can do is lather, rinse, and repeat… (Pass me the bar of lesbians please!) > 8 o }

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