Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

What is it with us and fire?

So those of you who have been reading the blog for a while will already know about our fire experience at Shangri-la when the lodge that we were in burnt to the ground. You may not know that we just missed a fire in Argentina too. Apparently the estancia we were staying at back at the end of August suffered quite a serious fire just after we left too. And no, we didn't start that one either.

So we had one that happened after we left and then one while we were there. Now we have heard that the fire has overtaken us and is getting to places even before we do.

We were planning to be in Torres del Paine, which is a national park in Chile famed for its mountains and trekking routes, for about six days towards the end of January but we have just discovered that there is a major fire in the park. The people that we booked our accommodation through contacted us yesterday to tell us that the park has been closed and everyone evacuated; obviously we were hopeful that by the time we were going to be there the fire would be out and as long as it hadn't hit the accommodation, we would still be able to go. But having done a bit of internet searching we have just found some news articles that say that the Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has now announced that the park will remain closed for the whole of January. So much for that then!

Will now need to rethink our plans slightly. And we have another reason to come back here at some point in our travels.

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