The first of the crew arrived safely a week ago, and have been staying at a private farm about 30 minutes from the coast.

Everyone is doing well.

Bruce Garland has stayed at the same place previously, so they were well prepared for another bunch of Aussies. Glenn has been appointed as the interpreter for all cross cultural communications, and is now fluent in Spanglish, Franglish and general hand gestures. The crew often default to Glenn’s expertise when a quick language lesson in on their mobile phone translation services don’t succeed in getting the point across.

There were some frustrating delays in gaining access to the container due to workplace disputes and blockades at the docks. Political demonstrations are not uncommon in Argentina, but the timing was source for concern. It did, however, allow important time to grow accustomed the time difference, play soccer and swim! Buenos Aires is a very busy place, so having space out of the bustle to sort out final preparation has been appreciated.

Home needs somewhere to hide from the heat...

a cheerful caterer...

tasty food...

somewhere to sleep...

cold beer...

open spaces...

and a pool if you're lucky!