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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 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 - 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 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 - 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 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

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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