Alien shop in Capilla del Monte

When you’re done with the city, go hunt for UFOs: magic in Capilla del Monte

Prayer to Pachamama in Capilla del Monte

“I can’t wait to get back to the mountains” I said, as we trundled down a hill in Cordoba city on the way to a new hostel. Steve agreed. We’d been in the city for a few days and liked it – there were next to no tourists and it had a spritely bustle that had been a novelty after weeks in Patagonia – but the yearning for nature had soon kicked in. As our words registered, we leapt to the same conclusion: “What are we doing then? Let’s go,” and we hailed a taxi to the bus station.

Our chosen destination was Capilla del Monte, a small town about three hours outside of Cordoba, which our couchsurfing host had told us about. It’s famed for UFO sightings and has an abundance of vegetarian food – enough to sate both Steve’s and my curiosity.

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Wax Freud

Why are so many Argentines in therapy?

Wax Freud

I started to notice it in Buenos Aires. Friends would meet me a drink “after therapy”, my Spanish teacher would fit me in around her sessions, and everyone would pepper conversations with “my therapist says…”. I soon realised that nearly every Argentine I met was either in, or had been in, therapy – but more surprising than that was that they were happy to talk about it too.

This isn’t something I’m used to in the UK where, although apparently one in five people have sought help from a therapist, it still has a stigma attached to it. Things have certainly improved since the days when it could only be whispered in hushed tones, but you won’t find people talking about it like they would a trip to the supermarket.

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Victoria on the Ruta de Vino near Mendoza

Bikes and wine in Mendoza: six tips for a splendid (and safe) combination

Bottle storage at Tomasso

When I dreamed of biking round the Mendoza wine region, I conjured a scene of quiet streets and pretty landscapes. What I didn’t envisage was speeding cars and heavy goods vehicles. Combined with wine-soaked tourists and narrow roads, this could be a disastrous combination and, having not been on a bike in years, I must admit I was a little nervous. But by taking a few precautions and going it slow, we had a wonderful, relaxed day out. Here are our tips for a beautiful and safe day exploring Maipu and combining bikes and wine in Mendoza.

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A whale comes near our boat, whale watching, Puerto Madryn

What’s worth 48 hours in a bus? How about whale watching in Puerto Madryn…

As with most of our Patagonia trip, to risk or not to risk was the question with Puerto Madryn. The southern right whales arrive around June, and we were going to be there at the end of May/first week of June. There was no guarantee they’d be there. This would have been an easy choice if it weren’t for the fact that El Chalten – Puerto Madryn – Mendoza (our next destination) involves two nearly 24-hour bus trips, and to fly to Mendoza would have cost the same. There was no way to know if our journey would be fruitless

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Tea, cakes and Welsh cowboys in Gaiman, Patagonia

Tea and cakes in Gaiman

Growing up in the south-west of England, a short drive across the Severn bridge to Wales, I was always both fascinated and amused to hear about ‘Welsh cowboys’ lurking somewhere down in the wild and unforgiving landscape of southern Argentina, half a world away from the green and pleasant lands of Cymru.

So when we found ourselves staying in Puerto Madryn, half an hour away from Gaiman – one of the main Welsh settlements in Patagonia – we couldn’t resist mounting up one Sunday morning in search of a full Welsh tea service.

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Couchsurfing, Buenos Aires

Our favourite five things to do in Buenos Aires

Couchsurfing with RobertoWe’ve waved goodbye to Buenos Aires and are rounding up our posts on the city that became home for nearly two months. With Steve filming in California, I lived with an Argentinian girl and mostly spent my days learning Spanish, practising yoga, writing and working on a project that I’ll be launching sometime soon. I barely left Palermo, enjoying my temporary life as a local in the tree-lined barrio.

My impressions of Buenos Aires were complicated as I missed Steve, and struggled with ‘what the hell am I doing with my life?’ questions. I also yearned for nature and found the pace of city life a little too reminiscent of my home in London. That said, and preponderance of dog poo aside, Buenos Aires won us over. Aside from our friends such as the wonderful Roberto pictured above, these are our top five favourite things about the city.

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Learning to live in the moment

Victoria in El Chalten

“I don’t feel thankful to the universe. It’s mean.” Yes, I actually said those words. I was in Buenos Aires, a city I dreamed of since playing ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego’ as a child, and I was having a strop. Steve was in San Francisco talking about the splendour of the universe and I was metaphorically stamping my foot because I had no idea what to do with my life.

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Baraka gnocci, best vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires

Ten of the Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Buenos Aires

People often ask us how we coped as vegetarians in Buenos Aires, land of meat lovers, and the truth is, it was one of the best cities we have ever been in for vegetarian restaurants.  This is a list of our top 10 best vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires. Not all are 100 per cent vegetarian but … Read more