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The Welsh in Patagonia

Yr Wladdfa

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So we rocked up into the City sprawl that was Gaiman.... NOT !
It´s a Tiny little place and the home of the Welsh Speakers in Argentina.

We´d booked into "Gwesty Tywi" and here we met Diego and Brenda (our hosts for the next four nights). The hostel was fantastic and Having spent a few minutes getting our stuff our and into wardrobes and drawers and had a shower in our private ensuite bathroom ...Flash or what.... we headed out for a stroll in Gaiman. The room was only $90 per night and was immaculate.

We went to the museum in town which opened at four and met the tour guide.... who spoke Welsh! Wow... how strange it is to speak Welsh with someone from Argentina! Having had a few minutes of general chit chat.. we were introduced to an older lady who was third generation Welsh and her grandfather had been one of the original settlers to Chubut (the province in Patagonia). Her Grandmother was originally from Holyhead and her Welsh was more North-Walian than South which was interesting.

We went back to the hostel and met Brenda´s mother. She was there with a Welsh couple from Caernarvon who also spoke Welsh and so poor Steph was left for a while listening to us all jabbering away.... me doing my utmost to remember to use "Chi" (the polite way of saying you", however, I did slip up when chatting with Brenda´s mum... who was a bit older) by saying "Mae fy´ghymraeg yn ifernol"... "Ifar" being a not to nice word for "bad" and one of the last words you should use when in a formal situation... she clocked it straight away and being a teacher... I got a stern look and the next day I apologised profusely... If I´d been a pupil.... I´d have been sent to the headmasters office for sure!

We spent four days touring around Gaiman. Visited Trelew which was nice. The Tourist Information office wasn´t too helpful, however, the museum was fantastic and we saw a bone belonging to one of the largest dinosaurs in the world... the Argentisaurus Goliathicus... or something like that ! It was huge.... so we took a picture of Steph stood inbetween it´s back legs with her arms spread wide and she still couldn´t touch either leg! Luckily for her the Dinosaur was long dead else she´d have been in serious trouble had it been taken short... "Death by Dino doo doo"

Diego loaned us his and Brendas bikes for one day and we rode the 10km´s to the Dinosaur park, just south of Gaiman. It was a self interpreted walk up the side of the canyon, leading you to the top where you could look across the entire Chubut river valley, from Trelew in the East to Dolavon (another small Welsh village... really nothing there though! not even a tourist info place!) in the West. It was a nice view and having been thrilled with fossils on the way up well worth the ride there and back... although we were a bit worse for ware by the time we got back to the hostel!

The four days was fantastic and although the town of Gaiman was small, there were a few nice restaurants and a few things to do to entertain you for a few days... although by the fourth day, we were both ready for a change!

We booked our tickets on the direct service from Trelew to Bariloche with Patagonia transport for $160 pesos each and the next day got a lift from Brenda´s mum with the couple from Caernarvon to the bus station and boarded our bus....
Cama class.... but of course!

Posted by Taffski 09:50 Archived in Argentina Tagged backpacking

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