Christmas in Bariloche

Beach at Bariloche, Argentina

Beach at Bariloche, Argentina

Christmas can be a lonely time for the solo traveller. This year I opted to choose a nice hostel (Penthouse 1004) and participated in the shared Christmas Eve dinner that they organised. So there I was in a penthouse hostel in Bariloche, gazing out over a National Park lake after cooking up some roast vegetables as a contribution to the most diverse meal I’ve probably ever eaten.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Christmas Eve Dinner

It was a great evening and there were plenty of people to chat to which made me forget my loneliness for a bit. That pang for home comes and goes on this trip quite often, but keeping busy at Christmas is the best medicine.

Christmas tree in Bariloche

Christmas tree in Bariloche

Bird near the beach in Bariloche

Bird near the beach in Bariloche

Bariloche wasn’t quite as warm as I expected. Sitting on the National Park Huapi Lake wind comes in gusts frequently. Donning the winter jacket I still managed to get outside each day, sample chocolates for my own Christmas gifts and also do a few excursions.

One day a few people from the hostel and I hired a car to drive 250km around the small circuit along various lakes. It was an interesting drive with a rather impatient driver, but still a good day out.

View towards Isla Victoria, near Paso Coihue

View towards Isla Victoria, near Paso Coihue

Beach near Va La Angostura

Beach near Va La Angostura

Another day I ventured up the chair lifts to Cerro Campanario to get an amazing view out over snow-capped mountains, hills and lakes of the National Park. It reminded me of why I’m travelling – to see these amazing views and experience wonders like these first hand.

View from Cerro Campanario

View from Cerro Campanario

View from Cerro Campanario View from Cerro Campanario View from Cerro Campanario View from Cerro Campanario

Hotel Llao Llao

Hotel Llao Llao, Bariloche

Christmas is never easy when I travel alone, no matter where I am – and I’ve done a fair few abroad now. At least while I travelled this year I had plenty of people around me for the Christmas season. Yet, I’m looking forward to being surrounded by family next year.

Standing at Cerro Campanario

Standing at Cerro Campanario

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