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Apr 26, 2006 - La Serena

La Serena is a nice little town. It's got a great atmosphere and the city is up kept in a most splendid manor. I quite like it. Last night we went out with a couple of English chaps, Ed and Victor. They are some highborn British doods who were quite interesting and most dedicated to the cause of joy and good times. My knowledge of British history and heraldry has increased three fold since meeting them, although that's not saying much. My kind of people all the same. But they better be careful as they have tossed out an invitation to take...

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Mar 27, 2006 - La Serena

Last week my friend Nicole came to visit and I took a week of vacation from the baby house. The timing was excellent, as the previous week was orientation, and I found myself with very little personal time. In addition, I love the babies, but they can wear you out too, and after 3 months I was ready for a little break. Nicole arrived Tuesday morning after a long journey - her flight from Chicago to Miami on Sunday night was delayed, and she ended up missing her connection from Miami to Santiago. So she got to spend 24 hours in the Miami...

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Jonah's Chile Trip

Mar 9, 2006 - La Serena - Chile

Dom - C was ill too now so that was the end of any special attention I would be getting. We caught a buys to La Serena, 7 hours north of Santiago. Stupidly we had a fast food lunch and immediately paid the price for being cheap and lazy, with consecutive bouts of bum sick. We were lifted from our doldrums when we checked our e-mails as my parents had decided to come out for a holiday and travel with us around California. I was very happy but C was ecstatic, prompting me to wonder how much fun she was having with me. I didn't wonder for long...

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Mar 8, 2006 - LA SERENA - Chile / English at bottom

Die 7 stuendige Fahrt von Santiago nach La Serena war fuer sonstige Verhaeltnisse eine kurze Strecke. Ich habe mich im El Punto einem von einem Deutschen Paerchen gefuehrten ganz nett eingerichteten Hostel einquaertiert. Da war ich auch nur von deutschsprechenden Reisenden umgeben, mal ne Abwechslung, nachdem ich auf meiner bisherigen Reise irgendwie immer nur auf Amerikaner gestossen bin. Darunter waren auch zwei Schweizer, welche ich vor ueber einem Monat drueben in Argentinien in El Calafate im Hostel, schon mal getroffen habe. Tja, die...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Feb 16, 2006 - La Serena, Chile

Well, Alex and I left Viña del Mar last night, said goodbye to Raphaela (the lady we were staying with), and headed to the bus terminal. We got on our bus last night at 11pm, and arrived in La Serena this morning at 6:30am. We didnt have any reservations, so we went walking around town (before the sun came up), looking for a hostel or a place to stay. Everywhere near the bus terminal was full. Alex got on the phone, called a few differnt places, and one place had two beds for us. We were able to get some rest. Later in the afternoon, we got...

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Feb 12, 2006 - Vicuna

Vicuna was a neat town. We really struggled to find accomodation and thought we might have to show Brent how back-packers can sleep on a gravel road, when a nice lady took us into her B and B. On our first night we went out for a meal and then crashed into bed exhausted from a day of travel. The next day we went to the Capel pisco factory. Pisco is an alcohol made from grapes that tastes a bit like tequilla. We had a good time and got to taste different liqueurs. In the afternoon we went driving in the country in search of wineries. We...

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Feb 11, 2006 - Vina del Mar and the drive North

In Vina del Mar we met up with an Aunt and Uncle of one of Christine's good friends. They are living in Chile and run a bed and breakfast and were nice enough to let us stay with them. Their B and B is amazing! We were only able to stay one night but wished it could have been longer. We decided to drive North to La Serena and Vicuna who everyone has said are beautiful. Enroute we stopped at a neat dam and then... the kicker... we found my store! Olivier's papyas. It was so cool we stopped and bought a ton of stuff with my name on it.

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Jan 17, 2006 - Chile - Valparaίso - Summer in the City

After spending some time in Patagonia and Antarctica, it felt damn good to return to the heat of a more typical South American summer. I spent around a week in Santiago, mostly dealing with errands and catching up on website entries, before doing what most Santiaguinos do to escape the oppressive summer heat ... head a bit further north to the cooler breezier seaside cities of Valparaίso and Viña del Mar. Before leaving Santiago, though, I did have the opportunity to experience their national election in which, for the first time in the...

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Jan 12, 2006 - Wildlife trip to Damas Island

For our last day in Chile Anna booked us onto a tour to see some Chilean wildlife. I got ill in the night again so the thought of a small boat bobbing up and down in the sea didn't really appeal too much but the show must go on as they say. We headed two hours north out of La Serena to the port at Choros and boarded our small boat. Fortunately the sea wasn't too violent and on the way to the island we saw the brilliant site of bottlenose dolphins gliding through the water next to us which more than made up for feeling poorly. As we...

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Jan 11, 2006 - Pisco distillery and the beach/museums

Maybe not the wisest choice in the world dabbling with alcohol in the morning but we couldn't resist visiting the distillery of a drink we have come to like quite a lot, Pisco. The venue was the Capel Pisco distllery near Vicuna. Unfortunately the tour of the plant was all in spanish but it only lasted fifteen minutes so we didn't really miss much. Anyway we only went to go tasting and to buy cheap brandy. And cheap it was too, so we stocked up although it is not likely to last long. After returning to La Serena I went down the beach and...

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Jan 10, 2006 - Elqui Valley

As usual decided against the tours and went it alone into the Elqui Valley which turned out to be a good choice. The valley is extremely picturesque and the the two towns we visited were every bit as beautiful as the valley itself. Firstly we stopped at Pisco Elqui the furthest point on the bus route where we had lunch and then sat in the tiny square with refreshing ice creams which were a welcome relief from the intense heat. We could have easily spent a few days here but as it was we headed back along the road to Vicuna where we spent the...

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Dec 10, 2005 - Vicuna 2 nights y Pisco Elqui

So this was a cool little village (Vicunas), and this region is the heart of where they grow the grapes for Pisco, the chilean national liquor which I compare to Itilian Grapa and they say is like brandy. The classic drink is a Pisco sour, every chilean drinks thins, like a the Caiperinia is the classic drink in Brazil. The stars have been amazing in all of these northern Alti Plano towns. No lights pollution, not much poillution at all. We were supposed to be able to go to an observatory on the 11th. Unfortunately, that was the day of the...

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