I realise the blog has been a bit quiet for a while, so I'm posting some photos of the Torres del Paine National Park, while I sort out some of the 1000+ photos we took last week....
|Las Torres ("The Towers", or "towels" as in some brochures)|
|A majestic guanaco|
|The Cuernos (Horns). A different angle from the photo above.|
|Lago Grey, or Grey Lake in English.|
|Retreating glacier exposes complex geology|
|January, 2013. Ready for the horses...|
And, as we suspected, all their heavy luggage meant there was little room on the plane for the islands' fresh fruit and veg! Going shopping later, I found that 6 eggs had jumped from £1.20 to £3 in a week! That's inflation for you.
We also attended a Public Consultation last night, held to look into the impact of the oil industry on the islands: the economy, people and way of life. It was interesting to hear the different points of view. For example, some people feel the immigration and work permit rules need to be tightened to stop the Falklands being swamped by migrant workers, while others feel the rules could strangle the economic growth which the new industry could bring.
What surprised me most was that only about 20 people turned up for the consultation: about 1% of Stanley's population.....
More, much more, on Torres del Paine, and the Falklands, in forthcoming blogs. There might even be the odd photo of a penguin. Oh, and my efforts to forego alcohol in January have fallen by the wayside, but for (I think) very good reasons. Excuses to follow.