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Oct 13, 2009 - Gaiman

Stayed in a dorm for the first time in Trelew. The guy in the next bed to me had the loudest and weirdest snore that I think I will ever hear in my entire life. From Trelew we visited Gaiman, a small village where Welsh settlers arrived in the 1800´s and where Welsh is still spoken by some. I actually met a Welsh speaking lady in the supermarket which I found bizarre, even though I knew some people spoke Welsh here. We came here purely to visit one of the many Welsh tea houses that offer ´eat and drink all you want´ tea and cakes. Sad I...

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Mar 5, 2007 - Trelew

Monday 5 March 2007 Filed my Aussie tax return (should keep me in travel mode for a little longer!). Had lunch and then got a taxi to the airport at 1pm. The departure boards were all backed up and flights from 10am were only just boarding. Went to the cafe for lunch and waited, and waited and waited until Dad saw our flight come up with a boarding time of 3.15pm - it was 2.50pm at this point! I panicked and we rushed down to check in only to be told that the flight wasn't due to leave until 6pm. We checked the luggage in and went back to...

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Jan 20, 2007 - Gaiman, Chubut Province (Patagonia)

Saturday 20th January 2007 Today, I took the local bus to Trelew and then on to Gaiman, a quaint and pretty Welsh town. Visited the very friendly (and Welsh-speaking) chap in the Information Centre, and then went for a wander. Had some medialunas from the local bakers, which were still warm from the oven! 153 Welsh immigrants apparently arrived in Patagonia in July of 1865, landing initially in Puerto Madryn, and then travelling across the barren pampas into the Chubut River Valley, settling in the towns of Trelew and Gaiman. Not sure why,...

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Apr 8, 2006 - Gaiman

When we left Puerto Madryn we traveled 1 hour to Trelew, which to be honest the less said about that place the better! It was pretty dead extremely windy and we stayed in the most disgusting room so far! However it was a good base to go and visit Gaiman which is probably the 'welshest'of the welsh colonies. Its a really small town in the middle of nowhere but it did have a tourist office. They gave us a map and instructions of a walking tour, the first thing they did was send us down the darkest tunnel i have been down which was pretty odd....

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Mar 15, 2006 - Von El Calafate nach Trelew und dann zur Punta Tombo - Im Reich der Pinguine

Nach der Rückkehr nach El Calfate - wir waren wieder im Hostal "Los manos" untergekommen, nachdem wir verschiedene andere Hostals angeschaut hatten - machten wir noch vor dem Abendessen einen Spaziergang zum Vogelschutzgebiet am Ufer des Lago Argentino. Neben verschiedenen Enten- und Seevögelarten gab es auch noch Gänse, Raubvögel und sogar Flamingo zu bestaunen, wenn auch etwas aus der Ferne. In den folgenden vier Tagen sass ich vor allem vor dem PC im wohl besten Internetcafé El Calafate - schnell und mit nur drei Peso die Stunde sehr...

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Mar 20, 2005 - Trelew

You`ve got to love the Welsh! Back in the 1860s they got so fed up of us English telling them what to do that a small group of them from the north decided to up sticks and head somewhere else. About 160 of them came over here to Patagonia, an area which is full of...well...absolutely nothing. Unfortunately nearly half of them died in the first year because the land is difficult to grow crops on (there was a reason why nobody else had settled here!) Those who survived set up the towns of Puerto Madryn, Rawson and Trelew where we've come to...

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Sep 23, 2004 - The Welsh Gaiman

Two hours after leaving Punta Tombo we were in Gaiman. Gaiman means Stony Point or Arrow Point in the indigenous Tehuelche language. They settled here first and then peacefully coexisted with the Welsh, who settled here in 1874. Gaiman is famous for it's teahouses but we first went to Parque Paleontologico Bryn Gwyn. This was a well-designed nature trail walk through time. The Rio (River) Chabut has exposed fossils from as far back as 40 million years ago. Some are in situ, others have been excavated and mounted in alien like pink pyramid...

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Sep 22, 2004 - Trelew, the Welsh

After a sleep, we rearranged our car hire for tommorrow and then spent the day looking round Trelew. Trelew is one of the many towns in this area of Patagonia founded by Welsh in the late 1800's. Trelew owes it's name to the Welsh contraction of tre (town) and lew (after Lewis Jones, an early settler). They apparently came here to escape British domination (in Britain) and were offered a land grant in this part of Patagonia in the Rio Chabut valley. They still teach and speak Welsh here. This came in handy as Denis knows the Welsh for...

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