Tue Sep 24, 2002 9:25 pm
We traveled what
seemed like forever up the PanAmerican highway to get there. We could
see the Andes the whole way, which if you think about it is a little odd.
The whole time we had the border between Chile and Argentina in
our sights. You could literally see the end of the country the entire
drive. Chile is SKINNY!
On Saturday, we headed into the open-air market in Chillán and
picked up some salad for dinner and some souveneirs. Eating out in Chile
is ridiculously expensive for us. in general, it costs as much to eat
out as it does for our room. Way too much money.
We´ve made quite a few trips to the grocery store to conserve our
funds since we´ve arrived here.
From Chillán, we joined hundreds of other travelers ending their
long holiday weekend on their return trip to Santiago. The bus we had
to Santiago was by far the worst we´ve had so far. No food, a child
that climbed all over us, a PUPPY that barked and whined and ended up
being thrown underneath in the cargo bay, Batman Returns dubbed in Spanish
for the second time, and NO BATHROOM -- for SIX hours.
In Santiago, we immediately switched busses and spent another hour getting
to Valparaíso, where we are currently situated.
The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous. Quite a change from Pucón,
we have had 70+ degrees and not a cloud in the sky.
We have also been much more productive in Valparaíso than we were
Yesterday, we walked all over town and visited many of the ascensores
(lifts) that abound in this port city built on steep hills. Today we found
our way to the national park and spent from 10am to 3pm hiking a mountain.
Comparing Chile to Argentina, in Chile: Things are much greener Busses
are cheaper Eating out is expensive There are mega stores, much like home-depot
and WalMart The people speak poorly, dropping letters everywhere, speaking
quickly, and generally confusing Patty and I. People are of a darker complexion
Men wear ponchos and traditional hats! (well, some, at least)
Next up is Viña del Mar and perhaps the museums in Valparaíso.
On Thursday, we will be heading off to Santiago to meet Patty´s
boyfriend, Charlie. From there, we go back to inexpensive Argentina and
continue our journey northward towards Bolivia and Peru.
Well folks, that´s all for now!
Hasta pronto, Alison and Patty