A Long Travel Day to El Calafate

My Aerolineas Argentinas Plane at El Calafate

Finally in El Calafate after a 13 hour flight from London to Buenos Aires, a 3 hour layover and a 3 ½ hour flight to El Calafate. Fortunately the Travel-Gods were smiling on me (hope the fishing Gods do the same) and it was uneventful. The only ones wearing hygiene masks were a few Chinese tourists.

However, I have never seen the Buenos Aires airport so empty. Last time I was here 2 years ago it was packed with people pushing and shoving. Today, nearly empty. And when we disembarked from the London flight they had temperature reading machines set up to screen us as we came off the plane. Good thing I tend to run cool. Must be all the time standing in freezing rivers.

Here is what I mean by empty:

Check In at Buenos Aires Airport

My luggage arrived safe and sound, although a little scare at BA airport to collect luggage after exiting customs. My bag arrived on the last belt but I couldn’t find my fishing rod case, although several other travelling anglers got theirs right away. Darn. So I decided to walk over to the other baggage belts (there are 9 of them) just in case my rods got on the wrong belt. And I happened to glance back at my baggage belt and saw my rod case had fallen inside the circular belt and was lying partially hidden on the floor. Whew! And a young nimble baggage attendant retrieved it for me. Safe!

In case you are curious where I am, here is a map of Argentina with Buenos Aires in the middle on the Atlantic Coast, and El Calafate is way down at the tip next to the Chile border. A long way to go for fishing, but it’s worth it, as you will in my coming posts.

Tomorrow I am taking a sightseeing day and going to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Can’t wait as it is one of the wonders of South America. Stay tuned for lots of pics. But tonight, its a nice juicy Argentinian steak and a fabulous red wine from the Mendoza Region of Argentia. Definitely worth traveling for.

Tight Lines

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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2 Responses to A Long Travel Day to El Calafate

  1. Anonymous says:

    Have a great trip. Look forward to pictures.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Rock and reel, John. Sounds like a great trip. Be well!

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