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Dec 28, 2011:

A Customs Breath of Fresh Air

Customs finally gave us a breath of air -- fresh or stale, we'll take it! As for Ushuaia, the air is definitely fresh. We're amazed by how good the weather has been down here. Mostly in the mid to upper 50's during the day, and we're usually snuggled in our sleeping bags at night. The sun sets around 9 o'clock at night while daylight lingers for another two or three hours.

We've been calling and emailing Customs every day for the past couple of days with no success. Even with a Spanish speaking person to help us, we could not get further than the customary "customs ambiguity." We are hesitant to elaborate on this since the bike is still floating in "this" cloud. What was needed was a "Customs Broker" to grease the wheels of paperwork and to clarify the ambiguity.

As of right now, we need to do two things: (1) print a simple document that will allow UPS to act on our behalf to release the bike and (2) photo-copy our passports with our Argentinaian Entry stamps to show that we are in the country. The Customs Broker and the UPS agent in Buenos Aires say that this is all we need to do. Wow! Can this be true?

At times, it's not what you can or cannot do -- it's using the right kind of grease.

Christi went for a walk today to relieve some tension. A view of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel can only bring in freshness. Daisies fill her thoughts!

The restaurant/bar of La Pista del Andino Campground is in the left of the photo. Tauru and Christi are on the second floor working away at deciphering Customs' customs.

Ushuaia glistens near sunset. Somewhere out there is our favorite tourist attraction: Carrefour. It's a supermarket. Yes, it's a fun and touristy place to visit!

A juggler at our campground. We're like him, but juggling different things.


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