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Jun 6, 2005 - A metropolitan at the base of the Andes

Santiago, Chile I got up just in time to get my breakfast, during which I met Nicole from Australia. I was considering of going to Pucon that night and she said she may also be going there. Well, may be we'll meet up there. I went out and as I started walking toward Plaza de Armas, I couldn't help getting impressed by the liveliness of that area. Most of the streets around there were meant for pedestrians only and hordes of humans were walking, selling, buying on those streets. As I approached a museum, I was disappointed to learn that most...

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Jun 5, 2005 - $500 for a coke!

Santiago, Chile As I got out of the airport at Santiago, Chile, I thought things may not change much; this is just another Spanish country, what more could be different? As I saw the price of coke on a machine, I was shocked: $500..!! 500 dollars? Just little later I discoverd that 1 US dollar was worth 580 Chile pesos! They still use the same symbol of $ to represent pesos. So when I went to an exchange booth and asked for change for 34 Argentin pesos, I got nearly 5000 Chile pesos! There were coins of 100 and 500! Then I discovered...

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May 29, 2005 - Santiago - Chile

We got to Santiago late at night but managed to get a great litle Hostel in one of Santiagos Old quaters. Plum trees lined the cobblestones streets and building gave you the impression that you had somehow got lost in the Mountains and bused it to Europe instead. The next day reviled a little more though. The city is Beautiful, and it has some really great constrasts of old Colonial and Contemporary Architecture. However the smog haze that is traped in the city valley by the surrounding mountains litterally takes the 'shine' off hat would...

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May 24, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

We are ready to explore the city. We only have about 7 hours, but we're going to try to track the last Amazing Race which had one episode filmed here. It's finally sunny!!!! It's not raining but it's cold. We've already had one problem, I left my camera battery charger at my sister's in Dallas, so we are also in search of a nice photo shop that will charge it for free. Going to take a lot of pictures of Machu Picchu! We'll probably not write until after our hike, so expect an update a week from now. cheers!

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M and Z's Grand Tour

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 - 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 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 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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