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Dec 14, 2005 - Santiago

Mark - We took a minibus to get from Mendoza into Chile and over the Andes to Santiago, it was spectactular journey. The snow was melting from the mountains around us and even the usual wait at the border crossing was not so bad surronded by such scenery. Spending a couple of days in Santiago before flying to Easter Island we stayed in the student area of the city, offering a pretty lively nightlife even on Monday and Tuesday (although when we arrived Sunday evening it didnt seem that way as everything was closed due to the presidential...

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Dec 12, 2005 - Santiago, night of 12th thru 15th

Bob's words of wisdom ************************************************************ I now realize why when I was in Brazil I wasnt as excited about it as I was Equador or Peru, or Boliva. And I also have come to the conclusion that I did really like Brazil and especially Rio. The difference is that the Peru, Boliva and Equador are really 3rd world countries. The traveling is harder and the people and towns are less westernized. So in Brazil and even now in Chile, it is a totally different experience. But you need to embrace that experience...

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Dec 11, 2005 - Arrival and Orientation

So I've been here a week now and everything is going great. The trip was easy - long, but without any hassles, which was nice. Upon arrival I was picked up by Luke, our executive director, who drove me to the volunteer house. We had a welcome barbecue the first night, where we got to meet all of the veteran volunteers, as well as the new class which I'm a part of. The week was packed with activities. Each day we visited a different orphanage, so we could get an idea of what we will be going into this coming week. We also had presentations...

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Jonah's Chile Trip

Dec 6, 2005 - Hola Chile!

hi all we will write more later about the past few days in brazil at ilha grande-- www.ilhagrande.com. our weekend there was quite an experience. it's an island off the coast of brazil. specifically, it's 2 hours off the coast of angra dos reis which is a small coastal town that is 2 hours south of rio. there are 365 islands and more than 2000 beaches in this area and we went to one of the bigger islands, ilha grande, which boasts 100 beaches on this island alone. of course, there was only time to hit a couple beaches and we will update our...

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Dec 5, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

Overnight flight from Auckland, no offence to the Aussies but LAN is much better than Qantas! Anyway, Santiago, got a bit of a shock at the change in temperature. Early summer and crikey it was hot. Decided to take it easy for a few days, NZ was 16 hours ahead of Chile, the jet lag was terrible. I did manage to find one of Pablo Neruda's (famous chilean poet and Nobel Prize in Liturature Winner in 1971) houses, El Cascona very close to the hostel I was staying in. The guided tour was all in spanish and given by a french lady, I was finding...

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Dec 4, 2005 - Santiago

We don't know if we got jetlag or were just tired but we slept for a good 12 hours before making a late start. Not to worry though as the museum we wanted to visit only opens late morning. The Museo Precolombino introduced us to all the different ancient civilisations and cultures in the South Americas region as well as in Central America from 7000BC to today. A brilliant collection of ceramics, stone figures and textiles were on show in the museum and luckily the explanations were also supplied in english so we weren't totally lost. Some...

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Dec 3, 2005 - South America here we come

Today we flew to the continent we were looking forward to the most, South America and first stop Chile. Before that though we had a few last minute errands to run in Auckland and a last stroll along Queen Street. Come 12.30 we got on our shuttle bus and headed for the airport. By now we were really excited and couldn't quite believe that within 15 hours we would be in S. America, the place we had been dreaming about visiting months before we booked our RTW ticket. The flight took off late but arrived on schedule. We watched a few films did...

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Dec 1, 2005 - Wieder einmal in Santiago de Chile

Ich musste am Morgen früh raus und zum Busterminal war es zu Fuss auch ein ziemliches Stück. Der Bus der Gesellschaft „El Rapido" (Fahrpreis nach Santiago: 50 $) fuhr etwa um halb acht Uhr. In der sechsstündigen Fahrt näherten wir uns ziemlich direkt an die Gebirgskette der Kordiliera indem wir dem zum beginn noch breiten Tal des Rio Mendoza folgten. Der Fluss wird übrigens für Riverrafting verwendet. Diese Touren können natürlich direkt in Mendoza gebucht werden. Je weiter wir das Tal Aufwärtsfuhren, desto näher kamen die Schneeberge. Wir...

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Nov 29, 2005 - The eagles have landed

Puha, saa har den smukke boing 777 endelig sluppet sit tag paa luftrummet og sat os ned i Santiago, Chile. Det er meget syret at taenke paa at vi for kort tid siden sad derhjemme, foran flimmeren og nu trasker vi kaekt rundt i Santiagos gader. Her er by the way meget calo (varmt, red.). 25 grader i skyggen! Turen herover er gaet fint, lang, men hyggelig. Og vi var paa intet tidspunkt bange for vi ville misse et fly. Bare rolig derhjemme, der er check paa det... Nu vil vi lige bruge et par dage paa at snuse til Santiago, og saa gaar turen...

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Nov 28, 2005 - Santiago

Hallo Zusammen Und schon bin ich wieder im Rückstand mit meinen Berichten, denn Santiago ist genau genommen auch bereits wieder Geschichte. Am Sonntag-Abend bin ich in Santiago angekommen und sofort ins Hostal Casa Roja gefahren, um zu sehen, ob noch ein Bett für mich frei war. Ich war auf der Warteliste und hätte um 13 Uhr anrufen sollen, aber um diese Zeit war ich schon an meiner 8-stündigen Andenüberquerung per Bus von Mendoza nach Chile. Aber es hat bestens geklappt und ich habe mein Bett bekommen. Ich war sehr zufrieden, denn das...

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Ecuador - Chile

Nov 28, 2005 - Stuck in Dallas and not a stripper to be found

... but there were a lot of died blondes with big fake boobs. OK, So a real inauspicious start to my trip. I had 9 months to plan for my trip and yet because I was very busy trying to finish a rehab of a building and get it rented out, I only had 15 minutes to pack after I got out of the shower at 330 for my 345 cab to catch my 530 flight. How retarded am I? Dont answer that was rhetorical. I knew my back pack was busted when I returned from Brazil last year in March and yet I waited till 1pm on the day I leave to try to find a place that...

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Nov 26, 2005 - Quickly in Santigo...

Trying to update this.... Santiago was beautiful! I wish I could have had more time there. We stayed at an old converted mansion, just overnight though. We were catching a 28 hour bus to Arica! Also, it was quite expensive in Chile...and in such a different money system. For example a smoothie cost 3,200 chilien pesos! We crossed the border at 3am and were greeted with a gross bathroom where we needed to pay to use (the beauty of Argentina...free baños!) and then got our bags searched from some crumbly smashed peanuts! We were kinda glad to...

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