On January 1st, “Der Standard”, an Austrian newspaper, reported that about 650.000 people partied in the streets of Vienna, Austria, a city of 1.7 million inhabitants. Well, what we experienced in Patagonia was completely different. We were very far from the typical New Year’s Eve frenzy that we have never enjoyed when being in Europe at that time. Here in southern Patagonia, we would not have noticed the arriving of the New Year, if our hostal, the America Del Sur, had not organized a small party to celebrate the event.
This buffet dinner for 80 pesos or 19 Euros was even more sumptuous than the “Parillas” we had the previous nights. So the Barbiers once more indulged in what they love best: excellent grilled T-Bone steaks with everything you need to go with it, especially an excellent red wine and at this occasion a few glasses of local sparkling wines at midnight.
After a big dinner, we spent the rest of the evening talking and having fun not only with the family but also with the many other travelers staying at the Hostal. As usual for this kind of places, we met lots of widely traveled people with great stories to tell.
The most memorable experience was that the New Year started when there was still a little of daylight! Since Argentina changed to daylight saving time on December 30th, there was even light until about 00:30 am. Simply amazing!