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Jan 16, 2006 - Retour a Santiago, pour les elections !

Je rentre a Santiago juste a temps pour assister a des elections historiques... C'est le deuxieme tour des presidentielles, avec en competition Sebastian Pinera (a droite), et Michelle Bachelet (socialiste). Le matin j'accompagne Valentina au bureau de vote (et oui, je me suis paye la honte, j'ai pris une photo !). Premiere chose qui m'a marquee : les bureaux de vote ne sont pas mixtes ! C'est vraiment dingue ! Donc la ou nous etions, les seuls hommes etaient les militaires qui surveillaient les lieux. A part ca, ca ressemble tout-a-fait a...

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Jan 8, 2006 - ¡ Bienvenidos a Chile !

Seize heures d'avion, dix heures de decalage horaire, j'arrive a Santiago deux heures apres avoir decolle (je vous laisse reflechir a ca !). Un peu paumee, je m'essaie a mes premiers mots d'espagnol a la douane mais je dois rapidement passer a l'anglais. Dans l'aeroport, je suis assaillie par tous les taxis qui veulent m'embarquer dans leurs voitures, et j'essaie tant bien que mal de trouver un telephone pour appeler Valentina, une amie de Laure qui doit m'heberger. Elle n'a en fait jamais eu mon mail, oups... Mais elle m'accueille quand...

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Jan 6, 2006 - Santiago de Chile

Little did i know upon arriving in smoggy, sweltering Santiago that I had shown up just in time for a world famous electronic music festival, the Loveparade. I canceled my sightseeing plans and headed to the recently blocked off centro to join the 200k crowd of half (sometimes completely) naked locals dancing and screaming in the summer heat. Numerous trucks stacked with go-go dancers circle the streets blaring dance beats and fire trucks remain close by spraying down the crowd with hoses while the crowds of pierced youth chant "Agua!...

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Sam Guevara '05-'06

Dec 26, 2005 - Through Santiago to Pucon, Chile

We woke up on the 26th, packed our bags, and headed to the bus station for a 6 hour ride to Santiago, the capital of Chile. The scenery was gorgeous as we crossed the Andes and the customs offices themselves were small buildings surrounded by nothing but the quiet beauty of the mountains around them. We got into Santiago and immediately bought tickets for that night, an overnight bus, to go to Pucon. In the mean time Harris and I stored our bags at the terminal, where we ran into a traveller from Mamaroneck, NY (the town bordering mine),...

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Dec 17, 2005 - Days 45-49: Chile. Santiago and Valparaiso

Greetings from hot and oxygen-rich Chile! We can breathe again without panting from the Andean altitude. Quynh was super happy to leave Bolivia...a country where it is impossible to find a public bathroom that does not activate your gagging reflexes, find an okay restaurant or get change for 100 Bolivianos ($12 or 75 DKK). On Dec 14th we flew from La Paz to Santiago, the capital of Chile. U.S. citizens flying into Santiago must pay a $100 "reciprocity fee" upon entry, since Chileans have to pay the same amount when entering the U.S....

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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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