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May 14, 2015 - Slide show 10

The last photo is the wing of our 747 and the sunset. This was eerie.....we took off from Santiago at 3pm on Monday afternoon, after flying for about 10 hours it was still daylight. As we came into Sydney it was dusk.....on Tuesday evening......so.....what the hell happened to Monday night?? No wonder I'm so bloody tired.

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May 13, 2015 - The end

Greetings dear readers, we are now back in beautiful Albany, exhausted and elated after our epic 44,000km journey. I would have liked to have written more but a combination of smart phone and (mostly) pathetic wifi signals just made things too bloody hard. looking back I guess the ideal way to do an overseas blog would be an Android tablet (or ipad) and use local data cards. Very frustrating and annoying trying to get good wifi, in my opinion it's not all it's cracked up to be, except maybe at the Hilton in Guayaquil. We've had an absolute...

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May 11, 2015 - Santiago 5

A bit more Forgot to mention during our exploring yesterday we discovered the Santiago underground railway. No big deal....many cities have these but it's the 1st time I've seen trains with truck tyres. Strange watching a train pull into the station with absolutely no "steel wheels on steel tracks " noise. During our travels Terri has noticed the abundance of handsome young Latin American guys in Ecuador and Guayaquil. I must mentioned Santiago seems to have MUCH more than its share of beautiful women. Just sayin'. And, unlike Ecuador and...

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May 10, 2015 - wCusco to Lima 2

Writing this from Santiago now, wifi good enough to add pics. These are a few from Cusco. I think part of the motion sickness is also the aforementioned altitude sickness. Along with the light headedness there is also nausea. ..any exertion like walking up hill can bring it on. Our Cusco hotel was up quite a hill. I actually felt the sickness more than Terri. Saw plenty of these little 3 wheel taxis in every town between Lima and Cusco. ..looks like they're scooter based. ..motor bike handle bars. Common to see 6 or 7 in a group. Arrived...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago May 10th

Sunday 10th Another great sleep, despite being shafted out of US $234 last night. ...but I won't go on about it. Woke up at 8am....wish I could do this at home. Last night I tried to charge my phone and my charger kept turning the phone off. I think it's stuffed. ..back in Lima airport it took about an hour to charge about 5%. Decided to find one in Santiago. Nice breakfast and we hit the streets a bit apprehensive of what the day will bring. Terri wanted some vitamin C so 1st up a chemist. He had some but we only had US$, he wanted Chile...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago 4

I have to say we've had several "warnings " about Santiago and how dangerous it will be but at no stage while walking around have we felt under any sort of threat The locals are extremely friendly and quite keen to have a chat. We only rested for about 40 minutes and headed out for some more culture. Didn't take long, we went in a different direction and found yet another public open space, this time a large brick paved area around some grass and large trees. There was a group of young people strutting their stuff dancing to some...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago 3

I need to make these entries short because the site times out after a certain time and I lose everything. ..so that's why I am doing multiple entries. Still wandering the markets....3 young guys were assembling themselves with bass drums on their backs. ...this could be interesting. ...and it w. These guys did some amazing stuff while beating the drums. ...another video. Now 2ish so time for lunch. Walking away from the market we noticed a café with a queue out the door. ..a sure sign of good food. So, we got in the queue and noticed a...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago 2

Spent about an hour on the mountain, some stunning views from there. Down at the bottom we chatted with a guy in a tourist booth who told us we could get money changed at a market place if we don't mind a bit of a walk. My 30000 pesos were evaporating fast and it was a nice day so off we went. A young lady with a guy appeared to be admiring my hat and she came straight up to us and said she liked it. ...very friendly these Santiageans. Her guy had a guitar and a flute and said he wanted to play some music for us while his lady danced....

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May 9, 2015 - Cusco to Lima

Woken at 7am by the kitchen telling us our breakfast was ready. Probably the best sleep we've had. ..this hotel is so quiet and the shuttered windows keep the room dark. This was built about 400 years ago as a private residence for the military. ..3 levels, large court yard in the middle and walls 3ft thick. Now a very comfortable hotel. After breakfast we went on a brief discovery of Cusco. The city is about 800 years old and we're in the oldest part with narrow gutted streets still with cobblestones and old buildings. The streets are...

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May 7, 2015 - Macchu Piccu

The adventure continues. .... A million Kodak moments, but sadly this wifi is painfully slow to upload pics so just going to be text. Just backtracking a bit to yesterday, we had read a bit about altitude sickness and experienced it after arriving and walking into the town square for our lunch. Only some light headedness but enough to notice. Our hotel lady told us to try and sleep for about an hour that afternoon. ...no argument from me. This morning we're up at 6 for breakfast , ready for our taxi at 6.40 . The train leaves from a...

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May 6, 2015 - Peru May 6th

WOW....what a bus journey. ...actually from the pic u can see it's really a coach. Very comfortable, seats almost the same as business class in a plane. ...and tv in every seat. It needed to be comfortable because the trip took 23 hours. Left Lima and headed south following the coast. Some high barren hills on the outskirts with massive housing developments. From our view from the highway it appears there are no roads up there. ..could be wrong but we did see lots of steps similar to the old area of Guayaquil. Seems they do a lot of things...

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May 5, 2015 - Peru May 5th

In the bus station in Lima and the wifi looks ok. About a 2 hour flight from Guayaquil. ...bugger all for breakfast. ..1 lousy (small ) banana muffin and juice and coffee. Fortunately I did buy a small snack at the airport. Landed in Lima and straight away the climate seems better. ...about 20 degrees. Out thru immigration where I asked the guy how far to the bus station. A bit of a frown and he says about an hour. ...depending on traffic. ...don't like the sound of that. Don't want to be stationary in traffic with a meter ticking over....

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