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Returning to Argentina: Lakes District

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Argentina sign at border, almost buried in volcanic ashOn our last trip to South America we spent quite some time in Argentina. Our first visit was in October/November 2008, when we travelled in Northern Argentina and then in January/February…
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Historic Car Meet in Futrono/Chile

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We spent some enjoyable time around Lago Ranco , circumnavigating the entire lake and staying at different beaches. When we drove through the lovely town of Futrono, on a Sunday, the main street was suddenly blocked dead ahead by a…

Surgery required

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Good news and Bad news….We are very happy that we flew back to Belgium to get my knee diagnosed. It turns out that it is serious and needs to be operated on. But, it’s a relief that it should be able…
on the road again - here Ruta 23 in Argentina

On The Road Again

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on the road again – here Ruta 23 in ArgentinaOn December 19 I left Santiago and was officially ‘on the road’ and since then life has been very different. I want to compare and contrast this life with the…
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Let there be LED light!

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After spending the best part of two months in Alaska and Canada we were used to having plenty of daylight as we setup camp and prepared the evening meals. Unfortunately, as we headed further south, the nights got darker and…
rich dairy farms in southern Chile

You get what you ask for

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rich dairy farms in southern ChileRecently we have been driving through farming country in southern Chile – lots of huge dairy farms with lots of plastic wrapped bales of hay in the paddocks and, needless to say, lots of…
Beautiful iron clad building Rio Bueno

Around Lago Ranco, Los Ríos in Chile

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Beautiful iron clad building Rio BuenoWe left Valdivia and drove towards Lago Ranco. Our first destination was Rio Bueno, which I’d heard of when reading a carton of Colun milk! On first appearance it is just a small, country…
We have left Venezuela, so it's now probably safe to summarise how I felt about overlanding in Venezuela.To be honest, I was a bit nervous about travelling in Venezuela. I skipped it as a backpacker in 2010, but travelling as we had done across the Guy...

Overlanding in Venezuela

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We have left Venezuela, so it’s now probably safe to summarise how I felt about overlanding in Venezuela.To be honest, I was a bit nervous about travelling in Venezuela. I skipped it as a backpacker in 2010, but travelling as…

Resting a while in Venezuela

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Since my last post, about overlanding in Venezuela’s Gran Sabana, Hendrik and I haven’t done much travelling. The reason is that I’ve got a bad knee and have hardly been able to walk. A couple of days before we left…
Remains of the now closed coal mine in Lota

Coal Magnates of Southern Chile

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Chile’s economy, very similar to our home country Australia, relies strongly on the export of resources and agricultural products. If you drive south along the coast from Concepción you soon pass through a region which used to produce incredible fortunes…
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<p>Maybe it’s only because we’re from Australia and I’m interested in all aspects of architecture, but I was once again fascinated by the variety of iron clad buildings during our recent visit to Valdivia. Some are utilitarian and plain, some new, many old, and some are surprisingly ‘grande’ in size and style.</p>
<p>From our home country we’re familiar with the typical tin shed in the Aussie backyard, corrugated iron roofs on many structures, large and small, and old churches and farm houses completely clad in corrugated sheeting. Modern architecture once again incorporates <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcolorbond.com%2F" title="Colorbond - coloured corrugated sheeting" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">“Colorbond”</a> in residential and public buildings. We built a small dwelling in 1995/6 with Colorbond roof and walls, just when this new trend was beginning. Now, years later, you can find all kinds of prefabricated flashings and profiles to make such a construction with Colorbond ‘foolproof’.</p>
<p>Due to my familiarity with iron cladding, I first saw and became fascinated with a number of large structures in Alaska and the Yukon which were completely <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdare2go.com%2Fcanada%2Fcanada04-2.shtml" title="Iron Cladding in Dawson City/Yukon" target="_blank">clad in iron</a> . It was here also that I first noticed many decorative trimmings which, under a thick coat of paint, initially looked like wood but were in fact simply pressed metal.</p>
<p>Later, as we travelled south, corrugated iron was the preferred roofing in all poorer regions of Central and South America, until we ventured south into Patagonia. First in Argentina, and later in Chile, <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdare2go.com%2FSouthAmerica2%2Fpatagonia02-1.shtml" title="Metal Cladding in Patagonia" target="_blank">metal cladding</a> was once again the preferred exterior material for many buildings. I guess this makes a lot of sense since all materials had to be transported in by ship; forests were small with stunted, distorted trees (due to the prevailing winds); iron sheets are thin, lightweight, and easy to transport; and they require less substantial framing than heavier outer walls. This makes it the perfect material for ‘frontier regions’.</p>
<p>You would think that these days you could find information about almost everything on the Internet, yet there seems to be hardly any comprehensive publications about the history of metal cladding in frontier regions. Corrugated iron sheeting was first patented by the Englishman Henry Robinson Palmer in 1829. A short time later, in the mid 1840s, the process of hot-dipping sheets to galvanise them became common practice; this made it a more durable product and suitable for the development of kit structures.</p><p>When you browse through these images you might be surprised by the detail of some of the pressed iron features such as elaborate corner flashings made to resemble hand-carved timber beams, window surrounds, and copies of ornate cast iron frills.</p>
<p><em>Would you have spotted that all theses houses are clad in iron?</em></p>
<p><strong>Further Reading:</strong><br /><a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buildingconservation.com%2Farticles%2Fcorrugated-iron-architecture%2Fcorrugated-iron-architecture.htm" title="corrugated iron architecture" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Corrugated Iron Architecture</a> , by Tim Nicholson<br />WikiPedia: <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FTin_tabernacle" title="Tin tabernacle" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tin tabernacle</a></p></div><img src="http://pixel.quantserve.com/pixel/p-89EKCgBk8MZdE.gif" border="0" height="1" width="1"/>

Iron Clad Houses

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Maybe it’s only because we’re from Australia and I’m interested in all aspects of architecture, but I was once again fascinated by the variety of iron clad buildings during our recent visit to Valdivia. Some are utilitarian and plain, some…

In Venezuela!

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We crossed into Venezuela 2 days ago. The border immigration process for us (Brazil, Santa Elena) was very straightforward and our timing was good (we didn´t need to wait), but customs (to do the car paperwork) closed at midday on…
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Living Fossils at Nahuelbuta National Park

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If you want to read a really positive blog about this national park, go to Heather and Scott’s blog . Our experience, while worthwhile, was accompanied by difficulties from start to finish.We love to spend time in national parks…

Lost in Guyana

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We liked Guyana. Despite the consistent warnings of Guyana being a bad and dangerous place, we never once felt threatened or had a bad experience. However, our maps and information weren’t good, and we were consistently lost or confused. Of…
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It only takes one…

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Bad things happen to good people for no good reason! Alcohol fuelled violence, domestic violence, road rage – the list goes on. Why a group of rockers walking down a street would punch a 14 year old boy in the…

Street Art in Valparaiso (Part 2)

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This is our second and final gallery of street art from Valparaíso in Chile. It continues on from our first gallery , starting at Avenida Alemana further south and then going down the mountain towards the bay. I believe this…
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Street Art in Valparaiso (Part 2)

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Our final gallery of street art from Valparaíso in Chile. Some pieces are playful, some reminiscent of impressionist style, some of trompe-l’œil, and some are just plain fun motifs. The post Street Art in Valparaiso (Part 2) appeared first on…

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