NaNoWriMo 2017: still writing

A view inside the author's head during NaNoWrMo

So it is now four weeks since I announced that I was doing NaNoWriMo this year.  You may recall that I promised weekly updates of my progress. You can read my account of how week one went here. What about my account of week two? Or week three? How can it possibly be week four already? As you’ll have  probably guessed, I didn’t get around to writing those updates. I...

NaNoWriMo 2017: update after week one

NaNoWriMo 2017 week 1

One week ago, I wrote here that I was going to do NaNoWriMo this month and post weekly updates. And here we are at the end of week one and so I suppose it’s time for an update. I started with plenty of time (for the first five days), a blank screen and ideas for ten short stories scribbled in my notebook. A couple of those ideas were quite developed...

Why I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year

In less than an hour it begins. NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, but which has actually become an international movement over the years. It stands for a commitment which writers make to write 50,000 words during November. It is kind of like an international writing party which exists on and offline. The fact that others, all over the world, have undertaken the same commitment is intended to...

Give Way to Penguins: Five stories from five days in northern Patagonia.

penguins and a petrified tree

A cautionary tale for those who would whale watch I had never seen a whale before and I knew one of the highlights was going to be a boat trip from the Peninsula Valdes. The photos I would take! It would be an unforgettable experience! Well, as it turned out, it was, but not quite the way I had imagined it. It started out OK; we arrived in Puerto Piramides...

An afternoon in Tigre

View of Rio Tigre from the bridge

While you’re never going to run out of things to do in Buenos Aires, if you’re staying for more than a few days and the weather is good, Tigre is well worth a visit. It’s still within the province of Buenos Aires and is about 35km from the city. Located at one of the largest river deltas in the world, Tigre is a popular destination during warm weather for those...

Thoughts on dancing tango in Buenos Aires

Subte station with Jacaranda, Buenos Aires

I bought my first pair of tango shoes in Buenos Aires, black and silver with the smallest heels they had at Flabella on Suipacha street. I danced my first tango in my new shoes on my last night at Maldita Milonga in the dimly lit Buenos Ayres Club on Peru street. Earlier that day, I had seen El Afronte playing at the San Telmo Market and when I bought their...

Nine reasons why you should visit Montevideo

Playa Ramírez

A fellow passenger on the ferry from Buenos Aires thought I was crazy for planning to stay for almost a week in Montevideo. True, if you want heaps of sights to check off your list and crazy nightlife, it might not be the right choice for you. But I soon found that I would have been happy to stay longer. Below are my top nine reasons for visiting Montevideo....

Three milongas in Montevideo

While many will argue that the tango was born in Buenos Aires, there is a quite a bit to suggest that its roots can also be traced back to the other side of the Rio de la Plata, in Montevideo. The world’s most famous tango, La Cumparsita, was composed by a Uruguayan. There is a week long festival in Montevideo every year to commemorate it and next year will be...