Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tingo, Tingo, Tango! Bringing in Christmas with the couchsurfers in Buenos Aires

For the first time I can remember, I wasn’t very excited about this particular December 25th. It’s a time of year for escaping the cold and dark to warm up in front of the fire whilst watching It’s A Wonderful … Continue reading

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Jou know, guen jou’ve been Tango-ed

“In Tango jou don’ move, jou gliiiide,” our slick-haired teacher Pablo silkily informs us as his long limbs swirl seductively across the polished stone floor. I take a deep breath and clutch the top of Phil’s arm as the haunting … Continue reading

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Learning to lasso with the gauchos of Uruguay

Eyes transfixed on Sophie’s mesmerized gaze, a frightened animal is breathing fast. A dark-featured cowboy clad in dirty black boots and a beige felt hat is battling to prise apart the struggling five-day-old calf’s hind legs. Finally the grappling stops and … Continue reading

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The howls of the “sea wolves” in Cabo Polonio

As if he were King of the Atlantic, the gigantic, beefy creature eyes us loftily, his head and neck – hidden somewhere under masses of brown blubber – stretched up towards the blue sky. Without taking his eyes off the … Continue reading

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The mystery of the ‘Song Thrush’

To a novice like me, hearing the word ‘Tango’ evokes images of a slick, sultry couple sweeping passionately across a stage in some dark, smoky den of Buenos Aires. But what many might not know is the worldwide fame of … Continue reading

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The vengeance of a god that created the breathtaking Iguazu Falls

The thunderous roar of millions of gallons of water spilling over the skyscraper-high cliff and crashing into the frothy river below builds to an earsplitting crescendo as our jet-powered boat edges towards one of the most jaw-droppingly spectacular set of … Continue reading

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Itaipu Dam: The price of power

The gently curved chute looks a like a ski jump for giants. But instead of holding back super-sized Eddie the Eagle types, the huge steel-enforced concrete gates at the top of the ramp keep the World’s seventh largest river at … Continue reading

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