Brenda is travelling in South America for the holidays. She sent a great email which I feel like sharing:
Hello all! South America has been really exciting so far, partly because the brilliant folks at the San Francisco travel clinic didn´t think I needed my Yellow Fever Vaccine. My tour guide is from Peru and was visibly shaken when she found out that I was shotless.
So we´ve spent a bit of time in each place trying to find a clinic and finally ended up getting my "jab" in the port of Montevideo this morning. Literally the port with sailors and everything . . . hello sailor.
My group may be the best I´ve ever had traveling. We laughed so hard at supper last night my face hurt this morning and my stomach is still tender. The menu had "Virginia Style Ham" on it and I got so excited that after telling the waiter I was from Virginia that my new name was Ms. Virginia.
There are two sisters on the trip that are Irish but live in London, one is a theatre buff and we´ve hit it off like a house on fire. I see a trip back to the UK in the near future-she´s never been to Stratford upon Avon and neither have I so we are going to plan somehthing, not to mention Hamlet at Castle Elsinore in Denmark. (on the things to do before i die list)
Buenos Aires was amazing but I certainly have to go back, didn´t spend enough time there. It reminded me of a perfect mix between Paris and Havana. Friends of Manolo Marquez and Jim Citrin, Ignacio and Veronica, took me out for dinner the first night for the best steak I have ever eaten.
Ignacio has a talent for getting information from people and has told me I am too picky and that marriage is a lottery. I didn´t have the heart to tell him that I am not going to get married. They were incredibly sweet and I hope to meet them again.
Colonia was also amazing, just a few hours by ferry from Buenos Aires in Uruguay and surrounded by water. My Spanish is much better than I expected and I certainly need it here but the people are so generous and kind they still work hard to communicate even when I can´t find the right words.
We are off tomorrow to a ranch in Estancia for twob days where we are going to ride horses and drive cattle. I am not kidding, I´ll take lots of photos.
Love to all,