unexpected travel

How we reached Ushuaïa

Oct. 16, 2017

The adventure has already begun.

After moving our furnitures for two days, flying for 20 hours, one night on Istanbul airport benches, a short night in a hotel in Buenos Aires and a strong jet lag we end up in Aeroparque airport in Buenos Aires in a queue for Aerolineas check-in desks. It's 6:30, so far so good.

All the Argentinians in the queue are quite calm, us too. Many flights are scheduled before ours, everything looks normal except this long row of guys in uniform and high-vis jacket in front of the check-in desks. François find odd their way of securing the airport against terrorists while Floriane thinks there is a strike going on. Nothing happens except the queue which is constantly growing. We finally learn that there is a strike going on. The locals are remarkably calm: we are all well lined up despite the twentieth flights already cancelled and more following, including ours. After a taxi with a big trunk and a hotel room hunt we are in Buenos Aires city centre for 1,5 days. It's really a Friday, 13th.

We took advantage of this inconvenience to visit Buenos Aires a little. We visited the Boca district and Recoleta cemetery. We travelled along the city's main streets, crossing Casa Rosada, Plaza de la Constitution... And we were lucky to enjoy a beautiful sunshine.

Yesterday morning we finally flew to Ushuaia. We mounted our bicycles in the airport then we left on our rides (only 10 km, but very moving). Everything went well, nothing broken. The only issue was with our external battery: it was confiscated at Helsinki airport. We had the unpleasant surprise of discovering a small paper explaining that this kind of item is forbidden in checked-in luggages and that we now have 30 days to get it back at the airport (case to follow...).

Tomorrow is a big day: first day of cycling.

Floriane & François

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