It's just about 0 degrees Fahrenheit (F) -18 Celsius (C) when the driver picks us up to go to the airport. We are very much looking forward to our trip south...way south. It has been over a year in the planning. We start in Montevideo, Uruguay then will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ushuaia, Argentina, Antarctica (via ship), El Calafate, Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, Mendoza, Argentina, Easter Island, and then finish out with two weeks in Santiago, Chile. It sounds like a lot, but we have the advantage of slow travel, often spending two weeks in one location.
Our five hour flight to Panama, then seven hour flight to Montevideo on Copa Airlines, goes off without an issue. I am able to catch three hours of sleep on the second leg, while William gets perhaps an hour. We breeze through immigration and have our bags within 20-30 minutes of landing. A $60 US taxi ride later has us at Palacio Salvo at 8:15 am.
We attempt to explain to the doorman in extremely broken Spanish and with gestures that we have rented an apartment in the building. He motions us to sit. We're tired and beginning to worry. Normal check-in is 3 pm, but I booked the apartment starting the night before and communicated with the rental agent that we would arrive between 8 and 9 am on Friday. A little while later the agent arrives and escorts us through what feels like a labyrinth to a clean remodeled apartment on the 8th floor.
We use our pre-kindergarten level of Spanish to learn about the apartment and where we might find groceries. Unlike most apartments we have rented, this one does not have a guest guide - we'll have to figure it out as we go. One thing we realize right away is that the apartment doesn't have air conditioning. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 80's, and I can't remember if I thought it had air when I booked it (the disadvantage of booking so far in advance). We open the windows (no screens, of course) and are greeted by a beautiful breeze, yeah!
Friday is spent catching up with sleep, eating at local restaurants and buying a few groceries. We adventure further out tomorrow.