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May 17, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

Although I enjoyed Peru it was something of a relief to arrive in Chile, definately a more stable country with transport than runs on time and far less poverty. Chile is so westernised it reminds me of home, other than everyone speaking Spanish of course! After a while, the constant harrassment by hawkers got to me in Peru, although I was tempted to see what the shoeshine guy would do when I was wearing sandals (he kept asking anyway!). Santiago is a very easy city to move around in because of the fast, frequent, safe and relatively cheap...

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Chris's rant fest

May 12, 2005 - Santiago

We're now officially Gringo's! We arrived in Santiago and realised that everyone spoke Spanish and we didn't! Even so Stu still somehow managed to sniff out a decent steak meal on our first night there. We went to a steak restaurant where you could see pretty much half of a cow on the grill at times - all the steaks were huge. Martin joined us, and the bill for all three of us came to under £13 - bargain!! The city has a very Spanish feel about it, but sadly not the classic architecture to go with it as a lot of the old buildings were...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

May 12, 2005 - Decompression

The plane drops through the thick gray clouds - pitching and rocking the entire way. For a city that claims some 6 million people, just a sprinkling of Santiago's electric lights are visible from the night sky. Icy rain streaks across the wings and windows. I had done my best to prepare myself emotionally for the impending winter, even though everyone back home was breaking out their shorts and buying sunscreen. The harsh weather is still a shock to my system. It's nearly 3am by the time that we touch down. I (slowly) clear immigration and...

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May 7, 2005 - South America by bus

By Monday night, I will have spent over 46 hours on buses in a period of four days. Really, it`s not all that bad if you consider the distance I`m covering. Basically from the southern tip of Texas to somewhere in the middle of Canada via Chicago. I`m just glad I`m doing this at an age where my body can handle being almost completely immobile for 8-16 hour periods. The ride from Pucòn to Santiago was relatively uneventful. It`s nice to share a seat with someone you know, who isn`t going to care if you rest 30% of your body weight against...

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Jema - South America

May 6, 2005 - Bienvenido a Santiago

Hola!!! Ca y est , nous voila au coeur de l Amerique Latine! Premiere impression: mais tout est bien calme pour une ville d amerique LAtine! le Chili serait-il un pays plus range? Nous avons passe deux jours a parcourir la Ville. Santiago n a pas les couleurs de Buenos Aires ni la magie de Rio, mais nous apprecions nous retrouver dans un pays hispanophone, d autant plus que les gens sont adorables. Nous retrouvons Se et Ben que nous avions laisse sur l ile de paques et Charlotte que nous avions laisse a Paris pour une petite soiree fort...

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May 6, 2005 - Santiago

Cool City, but it is a shame about all that smog... You can`t breathe well here, yet can see the Andes towering over the city( if the smog isn`t too thick) very strange, but an o.k. town. It has an interesting selection of night time activities ... mainly catering to men and some great clubs suitable for the rest of us as well. I had to have a last fling on the dance floor. I think I will have to go out again tonight. Santiago is a city where you will see some things that are unusual for us... A teenage boy with his arm willingly around his...

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May 3, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

Got into Santiago around 7 am, after a long night of upright seats and overwieght Chilean men snoring! We really werent too excited about the fact of being overly tired and vounerable in another big smoggy latin city, but somehow we made our way to the hostel without being completely ripped off by the cab drivers and it didnt take long for us to crash out for the entire early afternoon! Met up with Simon and Josh just in time to say our goodbyes and see Josh off on a flight headed for Lima, Peru! So it's no longer the fearsome foursome but...

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Apr 22, 2005 - Santiago, CHILE

Santiago We only spent a weekend here literally because we had to fly out of South America from this city. It was as we expected; like most cities, pretty built up and very touristy in some places (a far cry from the beauty of the Lake District or the nice ambience of Vina Del Mar). Therefore, as global clubbers!, we thought we would test this place for size and headed out for a few drinks and on to the 'only' decent dance club in Santiago! (La Feria). The venue was 'ok', the DJ was excellent, but the party people just didn't seem to get...

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Apr 18, 2005 - Santiago

...and then we saw him. In the reception of our youth hostel stood a very tall bloke with a Liverpool shirt on. He had made it! Two and a half months late but with a career in journalism further down the pipeline Tim 'Abos' Abraham had arrived. For those wondering what I'm on about, Tim was supposed to be flying out to Rio with us back in January but less than a week before departure he decided he needed to stay in England in order to attend interviews for a masters in journalism which he is starting in September. We wondered if he would...

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Apr 15, 2005 - A quick trip to Chile...

Despite our US$110 gift to the Chillean government to pass through imigration (I guess that Canadians, Americans, and Australians are special in Chile :)- but our pass is good for as long as our passport is valid so we have a few years to make the most of it), our time in Chile was really nice. After two weeks of busy travel in Argentina and Uruguay, it was really nice to slow down for a few days, and to take a break from the city rush. So upon arrival at the Santiago airport John and I decided to go straight to Valparaiso, a smaller town...

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Apr 15, 2005 - Day 1 in South America - Santiago

Arrived exhausted after a shocking flight with Lan Chile!! A far cry from the bulkhead BA seat we had going to India. Oh well, we're here - unlike our mobile phones which are still in the seat pockets (or sold by someone by now). So don't bother texting until we let you know God intervened and we got them back.(Found Dave's hat John!) Oh yes and we have now found the phones (in dave's bag!) Have just wandered round the city, not a bad place, lots of apartments being built so my suspicions are the economy is on the up. Highlight was the...

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Apr 12, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

Our flight to Santiago was a bit of a nightmare....we had to firstly fly UP to Panama City (stopping for 20 minutes at some random airport I don't even remember the name of, to pick up some more passengers and let some off - this stop wasn't even on our tickets and I started getting worried we were on the wrong plane!!). Anyway, all was good and we continued onto Panama, and then after a couple of hours wait we continued the journey to Santiago. We watched Finding Neverland on the way and I balled my eyes out!!! I haven't cried that much...

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