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May 19, 2010 - salsa

na een busrit van 17 uur waarop ik wonderwel heb kunnen slapen waren wij in het busstation maar dario dus niet. na een uur te wachten zijn we dan maar naar ons hotel gegaan. de stad een beetje verkennen en "s avonds op stap. echt veel valt hier niet te beleven maar via een paar locals toch een leuke salsabar ontdekt, en na de nodige cocktails nog in een karaokebar terechtgekomen waar we de klassieker hey jude van de beatels onrecht hebben aangedaan. we kregen toch een staande ovatie maar waarschijnlijk was dit alleen omdat er eindelijk eens...

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Feb 23, 2010 - La Serena

After a 17 (not 15 hour) bus ride we eventually arrived in La Serena, the town by the water. It’s a beautiful town with a fantastic beach, yet the water is cold, REALLY cold, and yet the locals still ventured out into it to swim. After arriving we again had another briefing, where Juan informed us of the available activities, yet very few of us took him up on the offer. He suggested we go on a $100 day trip to a couple of islands off shore, yet for myself nothing will compare to the Galapagos, so I choose to not go on the trip, though a...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Coquimbo, Chile

Our port today is Coquimbo one of Chile’s best natural harbors. Our excursion today is to see Petroglyphs from the “El Molle Culture” from 2,000 B.C. to A.D. 600. One of the most interesting rocks has several holes ground into it to form the outline of a scorpion. If I got the story right, they would fill the holes with water and then on the winter solstices one of the stars from scorpio would reflect in each of the holes. We spent our time climbing rocks, crossing streams and seeing…you guessed it…yet another petroglyph. Next we went for a...

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Nov 10, 2009 - Driving south thru Chile to the Argentina border crossing

After the long delay at border, faced another long drive. This delay put the company way behind schedule. So the company made the decision to keep driving. Part of the original schedule was to spend a little time in Chile. But because of this delay, the bus company took all the passports and cleared the us passengers without leaving the bus. After all the desert driving, we drove along the coast for some distance. Went thru one radar trap. Many memorials on highway Bus there were no provisions to service customers for such a long haul....

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Mar 2, 2009 - Starry, Starry, Night

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I have always been interested in the stars. As a Girl Guide, I took at course at the Planetarium in Edmonton in order to earn a badge. I have always enjoyed looking for my favorite constellations in the sky and Orion has been a life-long favorite. When we were in Victoria last summer, Adia invited a friend over for dinner and we learned that Kim is an astrophysicist. We had a great discussion that evening about galaxies, and her field of research. Most of it went way over my head, but Anil had a much better...

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Mar 1, 2009 - Galapagos Lite

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The Reserva Nacional Pinguino Humboldt is an 860-hectare reserve encompassing several offshore islands about two hours north of La Serena. The reserve is named after the Humboldt Penguins that nest on Ilsa Choros. Visitors come to the island in small boats and remain on the water while viewing the nesting penguins and their neighbours the sea lions, boobies, cormorants, sea otters and pelicans. Tours are cancelled if the coastal fog is too thick or the waves too large to make safe viewing possible. We were the...

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Feb 28, 2009 - Elqui Valley

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We signed up for a full-day tour of the Elqui Valley after hearing about this amazing region famous for growing the grapes used in making pisco, the grape brandy widely consumed by Chileans throughout the country. We learned a tremendous amount from our tour guide, coincidently, a man the same age as me who had lived in Edmonton, of all places, for fourteen years before returning to live and work in La Serena. Our guide explained to us that the lower Elqui Valley is too cool for grape production, but because of...

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Feb 27, 2009 - La Serena

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD La Serena is the second oldest city in Chile and had a tough time getting established. It was destroyed once by indigenous peoples five years after it was founded by the Spanish, and then again, a century later by a British pirate. The city thrived on the proceeds of silver and copper mining following independence, and later agriculture flourished in the nearby Elqui Valley. There was so much silver nearby, that the government created an independent mint in La Serena. Nowadays, the region is known for its golden...

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Feb 25, 2009 - Ilsa Negra - Pablo Neruda

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Ilsa Negra, not really an island at all, was the favorite home of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. We first heard of Neruda when we watched the enchanting movie Il Postino, an Italian movie about a postman who is hired to deliver mail to the poet when he was exiled from Chile because of his political beliefs. In the movie, Neruda lives at the top of a steep bluff and the volume of mail he receives is enough to warrant the hiring of a postman for his mail alone. The climb is so strenuous on a bicycle that...

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Feb 13, 2009 - La Serena, a bit too serene

February 13, 2009 We woke up late and had breakfast. We spent all morning working on schoolwork and getting back with reality. Then we went into town and saw the history museum. Like everything in this country the museum was all Spanish. Considering that none of us are fluent in Spanish we quickly saw the statue from Easter Island and a few more mummies and left. We stopped at a supermarket and picked up a few groceries before returning to our crapartment (crappy apartment). Mom and Dad prepared dinner and now we are journaling and winding...

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Feb 12, 2009 - Where are the clouds? Send in the clouds!

Today we went to the “cloud forest” Fray Jorge (fr-ay Hor-hay) National Park. Right before the hiking part (10km-6mi. away) we had lunch, which I didn’t much enjoy, so halfway through the meal I went into the car and watched some TV on my ipod. When we drove the last 10km-6mi. I watched TV on my Ipod, and when I held it about 2ft above my head, I dropped it. Flat on my upper lip. I still have a bruise where I dropped it. The “cloud forest “is just like a meadow (I would say a forest but it felt like more of a meadow to me), but the clouds...

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Feb 11, 2009 - Gabriela Mistral and the Pisco Sour

February 11, 2009 We woke up really late and had breakfast. Then we drove to Vacuna and went to the Gabriela Mistral Museum. It was pretty much a bust. We were able to see a replica of her room when she was born. It was a plain room with a bed and it was not very pretty. Then we went into the museum and of course everything was in Spanish. Vacuna boasts of Mistral and her poetry. She won a noble peace prize because of the poetry from her tragic life. She was never married and never had children. Her father left when she was a very little...

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