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Jul 6, 2005 - Santiago

After an 11 hour flight we arrive in Santiago at approximately 12:30pm on 6th July, before we have even left Auckland due to crossing the international date line. How exciting - an extra day! What would Einstein have made of it? Arriving in Santiago, we check out hotels only to gatecrash another couple's taxi as we are all going to the same place. Our hotel is very strange but we guess we are going to have to get used to these standards all over again. The showers in the hotel are few and far between. None of the toilets that we have...

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Jul 6, 2005 - Chile and Bolivia

As we settled in to our seats on the 747 from New Zealand to Chile, we reflected on how travel savvy we had become patting each other on the back, whilst looking forward confidently to South America. Funny how just when you start to get cocky life has a habit of testing you! Soon after leaving the airport in Santiago and beginning our hunt for a room we found that even pigeon Spanish, combined with several months worth of well rehearsed mimes or impressions, would not help us to communicate effectively in South America. We were going to...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Santiago - a super quick visit to Chile

While hanging out in the Lima airport, Gregg did some reading up on Chile in our guidebook. Fortunately, he caught the little blurb which indicated that Americans visiting the country have to pay a $100 exit fee to get out of the country! This fact led us to reconsider our 24-hour stay in Santiago. When we got off the plane, we immediately went to the LAN counter to rebook on an earlier flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires. While we really did want to see Santiago, we certainly didn't think it was worth it for a one-day stay that would cost...

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Jun 22, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

I arrived in Santiago yesterday (21/06) and stayed in the YHA Hostel last night. I fly out to Auckland this evening. Yesterday was very wet but today is bright and sunny so you can see the snow on the Andes. Nice. Well, I guess that this is pretty much it for South America. I have been to a lot of places and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of travelling in this continent. My favourite bits of South America? It's hard to say because there have been so many great moments. The Bolivian Salt Flats certainly stand out as an amazing...

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Jun 10, 2005 - Last day in Chile

Santiago, Chile After checking out and leaving my backpack in storage, when I got out it was pouring down! I could no longer just walk around aimlessly without knowing where I was going. So I got back in to open my guidebook and decide where exactly I wanted to go. I decided to go to Museo de Artes Visuales. After taking a metro and walking in rain for few minutes, I made it there in my wet clothes. However, the exhibits in the museum rewarded me with their wonderful displays. In particular, I enjoyed an exhibit called "The last 100 days"...

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Jun 9, 2005 - Back to the city I loved

Santiago, Chile As I arrived to Santiago and got a room, I just collapsed in the bed and slept off in order to repair my muscles and regain some energy. Though I still made it for the breakfast! Taking a shower rejuvenated me. With my muscles still aching, I walked out around noon. Now I can visit the museums that I could not last time. I straighaway went to Museo Chileno de Artes Precolombino. It was fascinating and saddening at the same time to learn about all those great civilizations that existed before the greed for gold brought...

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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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