3/26/10: El Chalten, Argentina
Everybody blogs. Or at least it appears that way. And up until last year I never understood why. I assumed that just because my life was too boring for anyone to read about, there’s no reason I’d want to read what anyone else had to say about theirs. However, now that I am co-author of the most popular blog (that begins with “no” and ends with “curry”) on the internet, blogging makes sense to me. There are four main reasons why I like keeping a blog:
- Meeting people. Numerous people have contacted us after reading our blog with tips and things to do in certain regions. We have also found that the travel blogging community is a surprisingly close-knit group, which has made it easy for us to solicit advice from more experienced travelers.
- Keeping in touch with people. Without the blog, we’d spend an inordinate amount of time emailing family and friends about life on the road. This gives us an easy out.
- Time apart. One of the common worries people had when we planned our trip was how long it would take for us to kill each other. Thanks to the blog, we now have at least a half hour apart each day.
- Reminder of the day’s activities. This is actually what I wanted to write about today. Let me break free of the constraints of a numbered list.
Ahhh, much better. Every day so many different things go on and we have many experiences we’ve never had before. Since my memory is shorter than Ozzie Guillen’s temper, the time I take thinking of blog topics really helps ingrain the highlights of the day into me. There’s only one problem: some days we don’t do anything. Normally this isn’t so bad because I can make up a post such as this one to fill up some space. Lately though, I’m running out of things to say. Have a look at our schedule and I think you’ll understand why:
3/22: Day off (my post)
3/23: Big Ice on Perito Moreno, one of the coolest things we’ve ever done (Zhou’s post)
3/24: Bus to El Chalten (my post)
3/25: Full day hike to see Mount Fitz Roy, the most famous mountain in Patagonia (Zhou’s post)
3/26: Day off (my post)
3/27: Full day hike to Laguna Torre, a glacial lake at the foot of a gorgeous stretch of the Andes (Zhou’s post)
3/28: Day off (my post)
3/29: Ride up Route 40, one of the most scenic drives in South America (Zhou’s post)
3/30: Bus to Bariloche (my post)
We’re in the middle of a five-post stretch where I pretty much don’t have a single interesting travel experience to write about. It’s not so much the lack of interesting stories you’ll be receiving, but I’m torn up inside about not being able to post cool, relevant pictures.
So you know what I’ll do instead? Post irrelevant pictures from past activities. Enjoy these for now – I’ll be back in two days to bore you again.
Picture of the Day: This is really just irrelevant picture #9 – where it all started, at Zhou’s house in Pennsylvania the night before take-off.