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Nov 23, 2005 - Santiago

Across arid desert and soaring mountains we flew from La Paz to Santiago. The difference between the two countries couldn't have been greater. It was funny to think that they could be on the same continent, let alone neighbours! The first thing we noticed was how modern and clean the place was with "normal shops" rather than market stalls, paved roads and brands that we have back home. The "completos" (giant hot dogs) were a complete surprise! We stayed in a district called Barrio Brasil which was really trendy and reminiscent of Clapham in...

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Nov 23, 2005 - Santiago Sights

We flew from La Paz, Bolivia to Santiago, Chile - it was like black and white! Santiago is very westernised and expensive for South American standards, especially when coming from Bolivia! We stayed in a hostel in a beautiful old colonial building located in the district of Barrio Paris Londres and spent one and a half days exploring the city, the main highlight being the food. There is a strong Italian influence in the cuisine; cured meats and excellent fresh pastas were commonplace and we also discovered dining Chile style - nothing opens...

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Loges' Go Global

Nov 20, 2005 - Santa Lucia Park

Bit hungover today, so we headed for a park in Santa Lucia and ate hot dogs. I sat and read my book while the girls slept. When we got back to the hostel people thought we'd moved out as they hadn't seen us all day! Shows how little people do around here! Anyway, when we got back we walked in and there was Charlie, who we'd done the Inca Trail with! I knew he was meant to be on the same flight as me but what were the chances he'd be in same hostel! He was with 2 guys who we'd met briefly in Cusco - Nigel and Tua. Spent the evening in the...

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Jane`s World Trip

Nov 20, 2005 - Santiago

After a lie in we had breakfast in the courtyard in the sun and then got organised to go out to see some of Santiago. We got on the metro and headed to Cerro Park. It was a really pretty and the weather was lovely so we lay on the grass and chilled out. We got back to the hostel and had chinese (not very good!) before starting to get ready for another night out! When we arrived back in the hostel and went inot the kitchen we were really surprised to see Charlie (the guy from our inca trail group) and his mates Nigel and Tue there. We spent...

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Nov 19, 2005 - Départ pour le Chili pour retrouver Cilou et Cathie

... Enfin !!!!! J'attends ce moment depuis tellement longtemps... ca fait 2 semaines que je compte les jours. J'ai vraiment vraiment hâte de vous voir les filles, de vous serrer très très fort dans mes bras ! Je pars donc ce samedi direction Santiago du Chili pour être dimanche 12h20 à l'aéroport accueillir les choupettes !... Ensuite pour le programme et bien on verra tout ça autour d'une... enfin surement plusieurs bonnes bières chiliennes. L'accès à Internet est apparamment assez cher au Chili. J'actualiserai donc le site à mon retour...

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Lenalatina 2005

Nov 10, 2005 - Santiago

Santiago - half way through the trip time-wise, but having only covered 9000Km - just another 15,000Km to go over the second half, but at least the roads are quicker now. And we loose 9 members of the truck, to gain another 5. So time for a bit of a party!! Brilliant to get to a more westernized city with all we could want. A Chinese meal followed by drinks in a trendy bar which opened up onto the street (my favourite). However, a gin and tonic with 50-50 gin-tonic did finish Janine and I off so we didn't manage to stay awake to see Bel and...

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Nov 10, 2005 - 25 degrees and it just aint Chile

We hit a low point on the plane from Buenos Aires to Santiago when Alex was denied finishing Batman Begins for the fourth time in four flights. He always looks so annoyed when the film has to finish early. It suprises him everytime that a two hour film can't be watched in an hour. On the plus side we did meet an english girl called Kate who turned out to be a good laugh. Unfortunately though, this same Kate needed 18 people around her to help her put her bag on her bag and four people around her to steady her walking. We being perfect...

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Nov 10, 2005 - The deserts of northern Chile

We left Salta and headed for the Andes towards Chile. Chile's history is not as interesting as some of the other South American countries we have been in. Although the Spanish arrived in Peru in 1532 and gained control over Inca territory (including Chile), the country was not attractive to colonise as no gold or silver had been found there and it was also fairly isolated. Santiago the capital city was founded in 1541 but growth was slow (in fact there were no more than 5000 settlers by 1600 due to it's isolation). After independence in...

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Nov 6, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

once at the airport i made it through customs and immigration easily. i was supposed to meet my girlfriend, Leslie, at the airport and then ride to the hostel together. i searched the entire airport and couldn't find her anywhere. i decided to go on to the hostel in hopes that she had managed to make it there. it turns out that we had missed each other in the airport and the receptionist at the hostel desk had gotten a call from her while i was in route. she made it to the hostel about an hour after i did so everything worked out fine. we...

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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

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