El tren a las nubes

After years of waiting I finally was going to ride el tren a las nubes (the train to the clouds). It’s a train that goes up in the Andies to the chilean border 4220 meters above sea level. What I didn’t think about was that it rains a lot here from December to February making it too dangerous to go with the train, and they had stopped the train for the season 5 days earlier. Timing!! Luckily they still had trips by van that went along the railroad track. So that’s what I did.
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I couldn’t ride them but at least I could see some of the 29 bridges.
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And a little cactus….
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….or two

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They where everywhere

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The highest point of the day.

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On the way we also passed by Salinas Grandes wich is a salt dessert. Salt salt salt all the way to the horizon.

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Here are some more pics from the day.

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Next stop Tilcara.

Salta

After some medialunas and Mate for breakfast I left Cafayate heading for Salta.
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Well, let’s say I already seen my fair share of roads and mountains. It’s really beautiful though. The mountains changes color and size along the way.
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After parking the car and checking in at the hotel it’s time to try the local specialty, empanadas saltenas. And to that a local beer, Mmmmmmm.
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Drinking some mate by the river (or actually in the river) in San Lorezo, Salta. This is life!

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Tomorrow I’m heading up in the mountains.

Cafayate

I was advised to take road nr 40 becAuse it was supposed to be better, well they fooled me there. I started driving at 10 AM. After getting a ticket for not having my lights on in broad daylight, almost crashing with a hord of donkeys and driving on dirt roads up in the mountains in the dark I finally arrived to Cafayate at 1AM. But I must say it was worth it. Super nice little town with walking distance to many wineries. Mmmmmm….

The nicest house I’ve seen in along time.

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And they have not just a disco but a mega disco. How great is that?

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Merlot grapes

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WINE

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Wine tasting = a happy Dave

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Red wine ice cream is a hit!

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Next stop: Salta

More Bulgaria

HELLO BULGARIA!!!!

Here I am, on top of the world…oh…well..on top of this abandoned bridge at least. Whatever…

The best out of my stay in Bulgaria was the breakfast. I have to thank my friends Stanimir and Rosa for it, waking up early every morning to deliver the best omelletes I have ever tasted. Thank you!

Here is a picture of them. She is so vain and flirtatious, look at her pose. And he is giving me the black steel. Don’t worry Stan, she is not my type.

This is one of my fav pictures. I want to have those ambulances when ever I play in a big arena.

The lanscape was so beautiful, so peaceful. The weather was not at its best though, but the silence and the mountains were very calming. Not that I need to become any more chill than I normally am!

It’s getting better!

Bulgaria is getting a little bit better every day. I’m up in the mountains close to the border to Greece and it is really beautiful. Nice and warm, very green but you can see snow on the mountaintops in the distance. It’s very peaceful. Here at the hotel it’s another thing though. Yesterday there was a wedding and today it’s some kind of graduation party. The Bulgarians like to party, long and loud. Home I’m used to fireworks, here they are firing Kalashnikovs. Cultural differences I guess. See what tomorrow has to offer. Good night everyone. 20120525-231219.jpg

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