The view from our hotel room, and from the monkey island on top of the
RRS James Clark Ross, which is taking me home to Britain.
17th May 2007, 19:18
Itaipu is the worlds largest electricity-generating plant (it produces
18GW when working flat out), on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.
Everything is on an immense scale. The turbine hall is as long as the
runway at Rothera (900m!) and it produces 20% of Brazil's power, and 90%
17th May 2007, 18:53
Coaties (racoon-like things that steal food from tourists) and a toucan.
17th May 2007, 18:44
Awesome. This is the Brazilian side of the falls.
17th May 2007, 18:38
From the Falklands, I flew to Punta Arenas in Chile and then took the
bus up through Argentine Patagonia to Bariloche. There are mountains and
lakes and trees. Lots of trees. You really appreciate trees if you
haven't seen them for a long time (there are none in Antarctica and very
few in the Falklands or southern Patagonia).
The statue of the man on the horse is of General (and later President)
Julio Argentino Roca. He's remembered chiefly in Argentina as the man
who led the "campaign of the desert", a wholesale extermination of the
indigenous people of Patagonia conducted in the early 19th century.
Nowadays his statue is covered in red paint and graffiti'd slogans
saying "el pueblo Mapuche vive" - "The Mapuche people live!" -
spray-painted, presumably, by the descendents of those who escaped the
17th May 2007, 18:37
It's just wrong. But not an uncommon sight in the Falklands.