Nico used to help me decorate the tree. No one else was really interested and I think he just felt sorry for me. The first 3 years after he died, we didn't have a tree and Christmas didn't seem the same. The last 4 years I've been travelling and in Asia and Africa, Christmas isn't that big of a deal, or at least it isn't as commercialized as it is at home. Last year I was lucky to spend it with the Minish family and now this year, well, I'm missing home. That's interesting for me and a good thing. I've facetimed everybody and shudder at the thought of the cold: - minus 39 this morning! Maybe in a couple of years, I'll be home for Christmas!
After a leisurely morning, I went to Cerro Campanario. Luckily, the B and B owner just happened to be leaving when I was so he gave me a ride to Kilometer 9. I was going to KM 17 so started walking in between bus stops. I was pretty proud of myself when some 'tourists' stopped to ask for directions and I could help them - in Spanish too! A bus went by while I was between stops and even with all my waving, he wouldn't stop. Asshole. Eventually I stopped and waited, and waited and waited at a bus stop. 30 minutes later #20 showed up and away I went.
Cerro Campanario is 1049 meters and I hiked it! It's a narrow, pretty steep and dusty path-
It took about 22 minutes and I was sweating at the top-
I probably would have taken the chair lift-
A woman passed me on the trail and we ended up spending an hour visiting, then caught the bus back. Luca is German but married to an Argentinian. They spend 3 months in Bariloche and the rest of the time in Düsseldorf. She's a culture coach which means she teaches business people about the new culture they're going to work in. I'd like to do that!
Walking home I tried hitchhiking again and finally this time a woman picked me up. She's a prof at the university and was only going a couple km down the road which was fine. It got me out of the rain for a few minutes-
I ended up walking the last couple of km home. It's funny because the address system they use is based on kilometres. There are 2 main roads that run parallel and they're marked off by kilometers. I am staying at 4095 Sarmiento Superior which means I'm at the 4 km point. Unfortunately the kilometers aren't really kilometers. I walked for 50 minutes and only went 1.5 km!
I returned to Los Miralejos for my last night. I'll meet the truck down the road tomorrow at 10 as we make our way to El Bolson.