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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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Aug 9, 2005 - Santiago de Chile

I always thought that Sunday is supposed to be a good day for travelling, but somehow I was wrong. After a quick breakfast and a super quick taxi ride through the city, we could take our seats in the Andesmar bus #23. Just 40 km behind Mendoza the bus broke down ans it took about 2,5 hours until the company managed to send a "new" one. Bus #25 didn't look much better, but he was able to climb up the steep road to the border of Chile. Crossing into Chile is always great fun. I'v done it a few years ago and this time it was the same. The...

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South America 2005

Aug 5, 2005 - Santiago - the big smoke

Santiago - the biggest city in Chile with 5 million people living in an earthquake zone surrounded by the Andes. Apparently there are supposed to be 10-15 tremors a day in Santiago, although most are not felt. As a result of the earthquakes few of the buildings exceed 10 storeys. The pollution in Santiago is astounding - the noise and smog make it difficult to see the picturesque views of the mountains and produces a fairly unattractive sprawling city. We had a good 3 days in Santiago and felt that we had covered most of what the place had...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Santiago - in transit

02.08 (DM) As expected the sleep last night was terrible. The noise this morning started very early with the peck at 5am as the droves of miners headed to work. We climbed out of bed at 7am and prepared the bags for the flight to the US. Our faith in the people of Chile was saved this morning as Kim and I searched for a place to have breakfast that accepted credit card. We looked around without success as most of the shops and cafes were closed. We decided to try an expensive hotel to get some directions to a suitable restaurant. The...

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Jul 25, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

I've finally made it to South America. I stepped out of the airport to be hit smack bang in the face by the snow topped Andes - which is pretty incredible. I'm suffering pretty badly from jet lag so am going to head back to the residenciales where I am staying with a young family and head to bed by about 6! Will update when I've got some decent photos

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Becky's trip...

Jul 23, 2005 - Santiago - Chile

The flight to South America marked the beginning of the end for us. The last continent, moving into the last month of the holiday. Surely it will never end... It was a very long flight to Santiago on Lan Chile Airlines. We even crossed the International Date Line! Which means we left Auckland at 5:50pm on July 23 and we arrived in Santiago at 12:30pm on July 23! Very strange. In fact we didn?t take that into account when making hotel reservations months ago. We arrived a day early. Oops!!!! But also good because technically, we gained a...

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