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Feb 26, 2017 - Fear, fatigue, and food

As usual, we took local and regional buses to the airport. This was our first use of our brand new senior bus fare permits, making the cost of transport from home to airport about $5.50 each. This confirmed the AARP magazine "how cheap are you" quiz ratings as firmly frugal each. United Airlines from Seattle to Houston was about half empty, but we mere coach sheep were not allowed to occupy economy plus seats. Houston to Santiago was packed, including a bunch of youth basketball players draped in California Republic flags and bearing...

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Feb 24, 2017 - Santiago

Santiago Fri 24 to Sunday 26. Christa walked us all over the barrios where she lives. Walked to the top of San Cristobel hill, Santa Lucia and saw art in the museum. Christa’s Spanish improving and she got SIM cards for the phones, organised tickets for the 11hr overnight bus to Pucon in the mid south. Bariloches Argentina was our original choice but too difficult to arrange. Helped Christa move to a new flat. Just 3 hrs before we need to get gear to the bus station , we learn that hotel hasn’t arranged the taxi. Christa asks her friends...

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Feb 23, 2017 - Paradise

We have been travelling towards the Pitcairn Islands and that has involved two sea days. On the first Mervyn King gave his second talk entitled 'the next financial crisis'. Ian and I went along to this one and I managed to stay awake! The theatre was packed with people sat on the stairs and standing around the edge. He spoke for about 45 minutes, without notes very eloquently and then took questions. He had a very troubling analysis of the Euro and all the options he laid out were pretty unpleasant. He then looked at Brexit and spoke of it...

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Feb 20, 2017 - Easter Island

We arrive back from our day out and decide to have dinner in the buffet restaurant and return to our cabin to watch tv and read. It's nice to slob about rather than dress up and "go out". The following day there is a bit of a swell and the ship is rolling but we seem to be getting used to it. We are surer footed than the newbies. 1000 people disembarked at Valparaiso and 1000 embarked. Ian attends the lectures today including one by Mervyn King the former Governor of the Bank of England. I find sitting in the theatre in the day has a...

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Feb 16, 2017 - Feeling hot hot hot

Arrived in Valparaiso early in the morning and returned to the real world, we couldn't dock straight away because the dockers had been on strike so our berth wasn't free for several hours. Finally got ashore about three hours late. On to a bus for the transfer to Santiago, the capital of Chile. The landscape is extremely rugged and dry. Stunted shrubs cover the slopes but there are extensive vineyards in some of the valleys. Some of the towns have shanty settlements on the outskirts with mounds of rubbish lining the roads and rivers, but...

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Feb 5, 2017 - Santiago Chile to Mendoza Argentina

Sunday Jan 29th – Sunday Feb. 5, 2017 Well, last we spoke we were flying to Santiago Chile, from Lima Peru. And so we did, and not landing til 6:30 PM because of the 2-hour time change, and then getting to our hotel – in a new city – around 8 PM (dark). We have been looked after by Condor Travel reps in all of our stops to date; and the service has been excellent. Why are we telling you this – to set the stage, of course. We arrive at our hotel and the night manager is taking a very long time to find/process our reservation (should have...

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Feb 2, 2017 - Calama - Santiago - Easter Island

We left the Explora Atacama and drove through the desert and mountains, past some wind turbines, and into Calama, the mining town. We boarded our plane to Santiago without too much incident. I noticed that 90% of the passengers were single men. On takeoff, we saw a clear view of the vast open pit copper mine just 30 km outside of Calama, where an entire mountain has been essentially rimmed out. Santiago was very smoggy, the pollution intensified by the wild fire smoke. Now there are two super tanker dropping fire retardant, one from the US...

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Jan 18, 2017 - A full day getting to Santiago, Chile

Spanish conquistado Valdivia invaded and conquered the area in 1540 and established the town of Santiago in 1541. In 2014 there were 6.3 million people in Santiago and almost 1 million in Valparaiso. Santiago has a cool Mediterranean climate - except summers which are 95 degrees on average. It takes almost 2 hours to drive from Valparaiso to Santiago. We are going to take an excursion which leaves the ship at 8am and gets us to the Santiago airport at 6pm. It takes us through some key historical sites, takes us to an Estancia for a lunch,...

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Nov 6, 2016 - Santiago Chile

Santiago de Chile November 4 - 7 After a slightly delayed but uneventful 12 hour flight with Qantas I arrived at the hotel around 2pm. The views flying into Santiago were stunning - snow capped mountains - The Andes and the Coastal Range . It is a city of around 7 million people. A bit of an earthquake tremor as I was going through customs! Not unusual in these parts I believe. For some reason I went for a walk in the blinding heat -32degrees- for around half an hour before having a nice meal of seafood ceviche and then crashing for the...

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Oct 29, 2016 - Santiago - Last Day

Last day in Chile Today we say goodby to Chile and the majority of our traveling companions. We were organized in time to explore more of Santiago before our 12:00 farewell debrief. Judi and I wanted to see Plaza de Armas, Santiago's main square, so retrieving a map from the hotel's concierge (so we could find our way back) off we go. We were distracted a couple of times and did some detours - the first was Santa Lucia hill, which is very near our hotel and we had driven by several times. It's the remnant of a 15 million year old volcano -...

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Oct 28, 2016 - Back to Santiago

Another early morning wakeup call. Today we are leaving our ship and our time in Patagonia is coming to an end. We disembarked at 5:30 a.m. where we started in Puerto Natales to board a bus that was taking us to Punta Arenas (2 hr+ drive) to catch a flight back to Santiago. (This is the same airport where my suitcase went on to the Falklands and at this time is still there. It is supposed to return tomorrow and catch up with me in Buenos Aires on Monday.) We got to our hotel in the afternoon, the same one we stayed in when we first arrived...

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Oct 21, 2016 - Santiago - Again

Overnight in Santiago Today we are scheduled to leave our lovely accommodations in the Atacama Desert and head south to Patagonia with an overnight in Santiago. However we have several hours before catching our bus to Calama for our flight to Santiago. What to do?? Judi C opted for a hot stone massage and Judi B spent the time relaxing and packing. The massage was fantastic even though I do not speak Spanish and the masseuse did not speak English. I had arrived at 9:09 for my 9:15 appointment- which apparently was too early! So I waited and...

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