It hasn't been easy, but we've finally reached the end of the world! We've had to get off our 12-hour bus-ride five times: four to get our passports stamped (as the trip was taking us in and out of Argentina and Chile) and one to cross the Magallanes Strait on a boat. Quite a journey, I would say.
We're now in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and it does feel like it is the end of the world, at least judging by the weather. We're to supposed to be in summer and it's snowing!!! I don't want to imagine what it is like in winter...
We've visited the Prison of Ushuaia, where we were overdosed with information on ex-convicts, expeditions to the Antartica, the flora and fauna of the area, the history of Ushuaia and how the white man sadly ended up with the natives of Tierra del Fuego, i.e. the "Yámanas" (who appear quite naked in most of the pictures despite how freezing it is here).
We took a boat-ride along the Beagle Cannal, inbetween Chile and Argentina, and visited huge colonies of "gaviotines andinos", "cormoranes reales", "lobos marinos" ("leones marinos") and "pingüinos de Magallanes". It was amazing to be so close to these vast amounts of these very odd animals and to see them in their own habitats, happily having a bath in the coldest waters ever as if it was a nice summer afternoon on a beach in the Mediterranean Sea!
In 52 hours (the longest bus-ride so far), we will be up in the heat again, hopefully we won't perish on the attempt and we'll be able to enjoy the famous red wine of Mendoza on our very last night in Argentina.
I want to thank you all for your latest messages, they really do mean the world to us, so thank you to Ryo, Kaxuko, Mai, Laura, Christina, Marta, Noe, Toni, Isabel, Alberto, Vero, Colin, Asia, Helen, André, Birte, Brent, Inge, Lupe, Marinela, Sergio, Kepa, Addi, Simona, Kate, Lu, Carlos, Viktoria & Sofia, Sybille & Jürg, María Vázquez, Sigrid, Aitor, Sofia (Taiwan), Esteve, Lars, Ashley, Pascal, Marisa, Dario, Téhmina, Diane, Eduardo, Maja, Arancha, Alex y Cristina, Olga, Sigrid and, of course, to our family!!!
See you in Mendoza!
Idoia & Mikel.