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Mar 1, 2020 - To market, to market and then to the kitchen

We took an Uber to Mercado Central this morning where we met Gerardo, our guide and chef for today. This market is 150 years old, now housing mainly fish of every variety. Salmon here is very expensive as it is all farmed. According to Gerardo, its production is strictly controlled and it is safer than wild. Chilean sea bass is about the cheapest fish they have, so there are certainly some differences between our countries. Then we walked to La Vega, which is a much bigger market with fruits, vegetables and flowers. The market is open from...

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Jan 4, 2020 - Fly to Santiago, Chile

We're off!! We actually started our journey on Friday, January 3, 2020 and arrived in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, January 4. We had the usual problems with a late flight, missed connection, rebooking! But we're here, so all is well. This is the hardest part of any journey. Getting there!! Our Oceania ship, the Marina, is beautiful. We were upgraded to a very nice room with a balcony. We just finished our safety drill. Learned how to put on our life vests! But they didn't make us practice getting into the life boats, which we will do calmly...

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Off to South America

Dec 3, 2019 - And so ends the journey… for now!

This is the last post for this RTW adventure. I have been away for nine weeks and unlike other “holidays” for the same duration, this one seems to have really flown by. I think its because we kept moving in Europe, with a maximum of five days in one place, and the incredible diversity of destinations. Once again, I packed too much (but only a little bit) but that is what happens when you are planning for all seasons. I thought both Japan and Europe would have been much colder and was sure I wasn’t going to wear the thermals and “doona” that...

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Round the World 2019

Feb 22, 2019 - 22 Feb in Chile - Ground Hog Day

Upon arrival we had to go to a special counter only for Australian nationals and pay a $US117 reciprocity fee. Odd isn't it that we have to pay the Chilean Government $117 in US currency (not in their own currency) and the notes have to be in IMMACULATE condition or else they WON'T be accepted. You can't believe how many $US notes the official rejected before finally accepting some. They either had tiny tears or tiny marks so were rejected. We never considered checking the notes when we ordered the US currency before we left Australia. As...

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Feb 6, 2019 - Santiago, Chile - wine tour of the Casablanca Valley

Feb. 6, 2019 Santiago, Chile - wine tour of the Casablanca Valley While we were still at home in Webster, we selected a wine tour in the Casablanca Valley - about an hour drive from the city. This has been a wine producing region for only about 30 years. It was dairy cattle before an enterprising person visited the wine country of California and observed that this particular valey in Chile matched the climate of the famous North American wine region. He was told wines could not be made made there because of freezing temperatures which would...

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Feb 5, 2019 - Santiago, Chile

Feb. 4-8, 2019 Santiago, Chile We arrived by noon at our hotel after relatively swift customs and immigration. Our cab was an “Official Taxi” and the charge was (according to the bell boy) correct. Our hotel (The Singular Santiago) is relatively new and has no traditional reception desk. We were seated in the lobby and given chocolates and a cool glass of water as the efficient staff recorded our passport and visitor documentation. Just outside and to the left is a pedestrian street with buskers and artists. The museum of visual arts is...

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Feb 3, 2019 - Leaving Rochester for Santiago, Chile

Feb. 3, 2019 Leaving Rochester for Santiago, Chile Packing for this trip was a bit more complex than other journeys we have taken. We will begin in record breaking heat in Santiago, Chile (in the high 90s!) and head south toward temperatures more in the low 40’s and even more frigid. Our suitcases were “over-packed” and weighed more than our usual 50 pounders. But we are ready for rain and snow in the most southern tip of the South American Continent. Since we did not want to dig our car out at the Rochester Airport, we used Lyft and got...

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Nov 29, 2018 - Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital of Chile. It is the largest city in Chile and is home to more than one-third of the population. From our observations, Santiago, the city, and Chile, the country, appear to be the most prosperous in South America. We discovered that Chile’s primary wealth comes from the copper mines in the Atacama Desert located in the northern part of Chile. We were told that Chile is the number one producer of copper in the world. Santiago has a wonderful historic city center, Plaza de Armas, and an amazing glass and steel...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Our last day in Santiago

Today is our last full day in Santiago. Phil is feeling better so we have booked a market tour of Santiago. We drop off the washing and then meet our guide Mauricio at 10.30 outside of Mercardo Central. Mauricio is lovely and is very knowledgeable. We cross the river and go down quite a few streets to get to the largest of the 3 markets this side of the river. This market is enormous and sells all sorts of fruits and vegetables and their specialy is dried seaweed which the Chileans love, as it contains a lot of iron, like spinach. Mauricio...

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Oct 3, 2018 - Phils sick day

Today we were planning to go to Vina Del Mar, a beachside town near Valparaiso but Phil woke up with a cold and struggled to get up early this morning so he stayed in bed till late morning. We went to Migalitos for a coffee and then for a walk as its a lovely day 24C and sunny. We ended up sharing a sandwich in town and wandered home. At 5pm we went to a bar in Lastarria a very small neighbourhood adjoining Bellas Artes and I had a G & T and Phil, a Krossbar beer, and we shared some croquettes. We sat outside as it was still warm. Then we...

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Oct 2, 2018 - Sculpture Park, Teleferico and Pablo Neruda

Its a warm sunny day so we decide to walk down to Scultpure Park alonside the Maupucho River. It's a really plesant walk. Part of the park is undergoing some restoration of exhibts but there is still a lot to see and I love the statue of someone clinging onto the handlebars of a bike and the rest of their body flying along behind. As we are so near to the Teleferico, and we missed the cable car last time, as they were doing maintenance, so we decide to walk up to the park and have a ride and see the views of the city. At the top near the...

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Oct 1, 2018 - City Tour

Today we start a bit more research into the next part of our trip, Buenos Aires and Uruguay. We have been looking at things to do in both places and we need to make sure that we don't double up in Buenos Aires with what is on the Explore Itinerary. We finally tear ourselves away from the computer and go to Migalitos Cafe who make the best coffee in Santiago. Fortuantely for us they are just around the corner. We then go for a walk through Parque Forestal. The sun is out but it is still a bit cool, 19C here today. One the way back through...

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