It was my first full day in the city of Montréal and I was really feeling the chill. In the morning, I had walked the city streets, or more accurately, I had slid the city streets. Or should it be slud? Or sludded perhaps? Come to think of it, the best way to describe what I did was I sludged my way around the city. The sub-zero temperatures had been nicely complemented with a deluge of snow the previous day, all of which now seemed to have turned into a brown, semi-liquefied goo which was oozing into my boots.
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It’s time to fess up about a really peculiar habit of mine. As most of my friends and family know, I travel a bit and I’ve been to a few different places around the world. While I travel, I also try to do a variety of different things and so amongst other things, I have driven a Russian tank, flown a Cessna 172 and dived with Manta Rays. All well and good.
I wanted to see some sea lions in Argentina.
“¡Hola Señor! “ I said as I approached the first taxi I found near the centre of Puerto Madryn, “¿cómo está usted?”
Quite a while ago, I had to consult my doctor about the required medical precautions before embarking on my South American travels. There followed an orgy of weekly inoculations against rabies, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and B, meningococcus, pneumococcus, shitsococcus, influenza and tick borne encephalitis. In an effort to expedite the proceedings, my doctor injected both arms and arse cheeks on each visit, which made me feel like a second-hand voodoo doll.
I stopped in the town of Torres because I had heard about a rather nice canyon about 20 kilometres to the west of the town and hadn’t quite had enough of Brazil’s excellent beaches. And so I found myself on a local bus which squeaked and shuddered slowly along a very rough dirt road that led away from the outskirts of Torres and towards the town of Mampituba. The plan was to make it to the Parque Nacional de Aparados de Serra using public transport, but this turned out to be impossible as the next bus heading in that direction would not leave until tomorrow.