Before we set off we will be visiting the school at an assembly to tell the children about the trip and to show them the motorbike and the camping kit. With the assistance of the Headmaster and his team we hope to develop our links with the school so that we can contribute something for the children during our travels.
18th November 2014
It seems like a long time since we visited you in your assemblies. We have now been in South America for 3 weeks, in Argentina, which is 11 times bigger than where you are in the United Kingdom but has only half as many people so it feels very empty in some places.
For our first week in Argentina we stayed in Buenos Aires which is the capital city, as London is the capital city of England. We had to wait for Bertie the Bike to arrive on an aeroplane and then get him out of his crate ready to ride.
Since we got Bertie here we have travelled 4,286 kilometres in the last 2 weeks, which is quite a long way. Places are very far apart here and it can take all day to get to the next place.
The best place we have visited was the Iguazu Waterfalls.
The waterfalls are 1.7 miles long in total and there are 275 waterfalls, so a lot of water. The name Iguazu means ‘water’ and ‘big’.
The water was very brown and this is because for 40 years they have been chopping down all the forests and the earth where the trees were is being washed into the river.
There are animals, birds and butterflies around the waterfalls which are different from England. We saw a lot of Coatis which like to pinch the food from the visitors. They look cute but can give you a nasty bite. We also saw some lizards wandering about and enjoying the sunshine.
Travelling so far means we have stayed in quite a lot of places, including one night we stayed with the family of Federico. He is 11 and lives in a small town called Federacion. It is a bit bigger than Church Stretton. Federico goes to school in the afternoons. Children here go to school either in the mornings or the afternoons because there are not enough schools. The schools have numbers and not names like St Lawrence Primary. Federico likes sport especially football and basketball. He speaks Spanish but his mum is teaching him English which will help him when he is older.
Today we have arrived in a place called Puerto Madryn and saw some sea lions near the pier. There was a lovely little baby seal sleeping at the top of the steps. He was so cute. His daddy did not look so cute.
Tomorrow we are riding to the Valdes Peninsula where we are hoping to see some whales and penguins. It is all very exciting.
After this we continue to ride south to the bottom of South America at Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). Argentinians also call this the ‘Fin del Mundo’ – the end of the world.
Till next time
Narna and Grumpy