Crossing two Continents During the Pandemic

It’s almost 9000 kilometres from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Toronto, Canada. As the crow flies.

Although that is quite a distance, in normal times it’s not difficult to arrange flights. Just use a reliable online booking agent like Expedia, and the logistics are figured out for you. 

But getting home during the pandemic proved to be no simple matter.

These chatty green parakeets brightened our days, at Hostel Nagual, Tristan Suarez, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Third Time’s a Charm – Getting home during the pandemic

For the third time now, we have tickets to home.

On a flight to Miami via Eastern Air scheduled for April 18. 

It is not a repatriation flight which means we are not prohibited from boarding, but when we land we may have to show proof that we have onward tickets to Canada. No problem, because we also have American Airlines tickets from Miami to Toronto, scheduled for the next morning. Don’t know for sure, but we assume we have to overnight in the airport. We will see when we get there.

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Argentina- in viral times

Driving south on Route 40, Argentina

We arrived in Argentina with a plan. First stop to see the wonders at Glacier National Park. Then a pit stop at Ushuaia, on the tip of South America. Then head for home, dropping off the van in Uruguay where we have a storage spot lined up. Finally, a short hop to Buenos Aires and fly home. A manageable schedule in the 5 weeks remaining.

Hiking in Glacier National Park, Argentina

But then, the world turned sideways. Continue reading “Argentina- in viral times”

Puerto Montt – Hornopirén – Puerto Varas, Chile

Our good friends Krys and Merv arrived in  Chile after a tiring  journey. Having left home at noon on Tuesday, they landed in Puerto Montt at 7 pm on Thursday. Their first flight, out of Winnipeg, was delayed which caused them to miss the next 2 flights. They were forced to reschedule everything using cell phones while sitting at the airport. The joys of travel. Continue reading “Puerto Montt – Hornopirén – Puerto Varas, Chile”

Puerto Montt and Isla Grande de Chiloé

In the southern end of this long slender country, you come to the end of the road several times. This week we arrived at two of these points, at Puerto Montt on the mainland, and again on Chiloé Island.

It was raining the day we drove into Puerto Montt, Chile’s most southern city on the mainland. After months of sun we had begun to believe that it never rained here. But one morning we woke up to rain and cold. The temperature had dipped to 5C overnight. Not great camping weather. Continue reading “Puerto Montt and Isla Grande de Chiloé”