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Sep 27, 2005 - Santiago, Capital Federal, Valparaiso (Valpo),Historic Capital, Chile

Do not EVER take Nevada Bus Company anywhere! Back in Chile and here in an area called Bella Vista and truly a very funky place with weird and wonderful people. Dodgy but fun...erm..maybe you know what I mean...? How we manage to stay in these fantastic hostels I don't know but BellaVista is the bomb and is making our lives that MORE comfortable. First day we did the centre of town, finally sent Nicky's berimbau back to the UK, found a Capoeira SHOP and trained with a fantastic Capoirista from Arraial D'Ajuda in Bahia, Brazil and a really...

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Sep 21, 2005 - Santiago

based myself at the comfy Hotel Foresta in trendy Barrio Santa Lucia, overlooking the parc and close to exlore the happening Barrios Bellavista, Providencia and Brasil to hang out in cafes & bars, visit museums and meet new friends (Fernando, Rodrigo,...) Santiago, a bustling 5 million metropolis, seems so different to other South American cities - grand boulevards and neoclassical architecture, swanky high-rise suburbs, and a general state of oderliness reflect a culture that is hard-working, prosperous and business-minded.One of the best...

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Sep 19, 2005 - Cerro Provincia: In zwei Tagen auf einen der Hausberge Santiagos

Die Entscheidung einen der Hausberge von Santiago zu erwandern zu versuchen traf ich eigentlich relativ spontan und ziemlich kurzfristig. Ursprünglich hatte ich eigentlich diese Wanderung eingeplant gehabt, hatte dies aber in anbetracht des vielen Schnees in den Bergen - so hatte ich wenigstens gedacht - bereits wieder verworfen. Als sich herausstellte, dass ein verlängertes Wochenende vor der Tür stand war klar, dass ich diese Gelegenheit am Schopf packen würde und irgendwo in der Nähe wandern und campen wollte. Es fragte sich nur wo. Da...

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Sep 14, 2005 - One Chile Night

As you can tell from me starting a new diary entry our third attempt getting the bus from Mendoza to Santiago was successful - hoorah! The bus station was very busy and there were even a few camera crews there - it seems this is not a normal occurrence and last night a Chilean minister had made a statement on TV that the road could not continue to be blocked for a third day, so we were much more hopeful! The road up to Uspallata was very busy with a steady stream of buses and trucks but this time we didn't stop at the place where we had...

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Sep 7, 2005 - Die ersten Tage in Santiago

Als Höhepunkt der vergangen Tage besuchten wir die schöne Küstenstadt Valparaiso. Wir, dass heisst vier meiner Mitbewohner der Gastfamilie und ich, waren bereits um etwa 8 Uhr aufgebrochen um per Metro (übrigens ein sehr gutes Transportmittel in Santiago) zum Busbahnhof zu gelangen. Man bezahlt übrigens einen Einheitspreis von 350 $ (umgerechnet etwa 90 Rp.) für die Benutzung der Metro, egal wie weit man fährt. Da alle ausser Ruth und ich fliessend spanisch sprechen - wir hatten ja einen Kubaner und eine Mexikanerin bei uns - waren die...

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Sep 2, 2005 - Tschüss Europa - Bienvenidos a Sudamerica (Willkommen in Südamerika)!

Die letzten Tage waren ziemlich ereignisreich, aber auch etwas nervenzermürbend gewesen, so dass sich mein erster Bericht fürs Tagebuch etwas verspätete. Aber das gehört einfach dazu. Doch anstatt euch noch lange auf die Folter zu spannen sollte ich eigentlich besser mit meinem Bericht beginnen. Also ... Nach einer ziemlich stressigen Vorbereitungszeit, sprich letzte Ausrüstungseinkäufe zu tätigen, die Wohnungseinrichtung mit tatkräftiger Unterstützung der Familie und von Freunden zum Einlagerungsort zu spedieren, etc. - konnte es am...

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Aug 20, 2005 - Arrival

Hello all! We have arrived safe and sound and have had a great first day in Santiago. All the flights were on time (although a little cramped) and we met some very "interesting" people, including a crew from Arkansas who just finished their officer training in the US National Guard. We never realized people actually talk like that - we thought it was just in the movies! We heard banjo music in our heads the whole time! Anyways, thanks to Oscar, the minibus operator, we were able to contact Ed right away and found the apartment with no...

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Chile and Peru 2005

Aug 20, 2005 - Arrival in Santiago

24 hour bus ride and we are finally here. We are updating so check back. This place is almost like the US... best economy in South America... So I checked the stock market and it seems there has been an increase in South American imports of bitching and complaining from the United States of America. And rightfully so cuz we haven't written in forever!!!! Please excuse us when we get caught up having too much fun and being totally immersed in the life down here as we talk about updating the site much more than we update the site. So here is...

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Lima to Rio

Aug 20, 2005 - We are finally here!!!

We are finally here!! The pig enjoyed his first stopover in Auckland probably more so than me as I forgot to get an NZ cash to purchase a coffee. Not to worry tho as it wasn't too long before we were on the next flight. Speaking of which, gee aircraft have come a long way in the past few years. Coming over here we had our own little computer/telly/cdplayer gadgety thing!. For a techno git, that made the 11 hour trip from Auckland fly by! First impressions of Santiago were awe of the mountains before we dropped into the smog. On the ground...

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Yoshi's on Holiday

Aug 18, 2005 - Chile - Santiago

We arrived back in our start point early in the morning and checked in to the hotel to await Matt who was flying over to see us. He arrived and after checking in we explored the city. We booked up our skiing for the following day and in the evening we had a curry in our hotel as Matt was quite tired. We went skiing on two separate days, once to Valle Nevado and once to La Parva. Snow was better in Valle Nevado, but we had great fun on both days. The weather was great on the first day, worse at LP. After two days and the hassle of having to...

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Aug 15, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

Wow! What a difference! Apart from the smog its amazing here. Stories of dangers and robberies are far fetched. The city is safe if you're sensible, much worse in S.E.Asia. We{ve spent half the time seeing the sights, climbing hills and generaly walking. Met a couple of new people and spent the other half of the time drinking with them and celebrating an birthday in an 80's club. Unfortunately its not your bog standard 80's cheese, oh no much worse! A medley of Pet Shop Boys and Erasure songs were played, i'd heard of very few and yet...

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Aug 12, 2005 - Valle Neavado

Well I can no claim to have skied on two different contients and on both sides of the equater, pretty cool yeah? Well My first weekend in Vina and I left at 5:00am on Friday (beacuse we only have 4 day school weeks!!!). By 10:30 we where at the hill. The way up the hill crazy, it was a combontation of tetonpass and the swiss alps (see crazy road pictures). The snow at Valle Neavado was alright, its the beging of there spring season here and you can tell by the snow, icey in the moring slushy in the afternoon and icey at the end of the day....

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