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Nov 5, 2005 - Santiago de Chile

Trop bizarre de se retrouver dans cet environnement juste apres la Bolivie! Car il faut bien le dire, le Chili n'a rien a voir avec tout ce qu'on a vu avant! Santiago ressemble a n'importe quelle grande ville européenne, avec tout de meme quelques nuances, évidemment! Mais on a un peu l'impression d'etre de retour a la maison, ou tout du moins dans un monde qu'on connait! La ville est sympa, mélange d'histoire, de culture et de modernité... Tres agréable de s'y promener, surtout qu'il fait tres beau! Il faut quand meme le dire, ca nous fait...

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Emilie & Ben

Nov 3, 2005 - Flying visit

And last night was Christine's turn to snore, now the blokes have gone. I remembered my bus time wrong, so ended up bolting down my breakfast and running off to get my bus. I was quite sad to leave San Pedro, as it was definitely the kind of place you could hang around for ages. Felt a bit guilty leaving Christine on her own too, as it is her birthday tomorrow, but she seemed happy with her plans. Bit of a boring bus trip down to Santiago - Chile's capital, not least as it was 23 hours. It was all desert for several hours, though some of it...

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Oct 11, 2005 - Chile - Santiago

¡Hola! We didn't see much of Santiago because we had too many things to sort out and because we will be coming back in December, but we had some time to stroll around Plaza de Armas, San Diego and its second-hand bookshops and have plenty of "colaciones" and "completos" for lunch and dinner. The cheapest options, but we enjoyed them like crazy. The food reminded us so much of back home! The fact that we were in South America was latent in every corner: people dancing tango in the street, men telling jokes to crowds of people in every second...

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RTW 2005

Sep 28, 2005 - Santiago, Chile...Catching a few sights

As usual, the bus arrived early, and spent an hour and half sitting in the adjoining shopping plaza, until it was a decent time in the morning to knock on the door of a hostel. Though intended to have a quick recharge, ended up sleeping most of the morning away... The next day, feeling more refreshed, set out to explore a little of Santiago's sights. As had limited time, decided on going to only one or two attractions. After securing onward tickets for the next day, took the metro westwards to Banquedano for a short walk to the acclaimed...

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Yat's Big Trip

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 - 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 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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