First taste of Chile

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Monday, January 11, 2010

From Arequia we crossed the border into Chile- pretty easy as far as border crossing is concerned.

We headed to Arica- the most northern town in Chile- A dry, desert town on the coast.

With Sean in a lot of pain the first thing we did the night we arrived was head straight to the doctor who spoke no english.  The doctor confirmed Sean was in ecrucating pain but said it was not a hemroid. We dont know what it was- lost in translation (they didnt teach us medical terms at our school). The doctor did presceibe some antibiodics and assured Sean would be better in a few days. The great thing was we were not charged for the visit- apparently stumbled into a free clinic!

So we would post it here for a few days- Sean bed ridden most of it.

From Arequia we crossed the border into Chile- pretty easy as far as border crossing is concerned.

We headed to Arica- the most northern town in Chile- A dry, desert town on the coast.

With Sean in a lot of pain the first thing we did the night we arrived was head straight to the doctor who spoke no english.  The doctor confirmed Sean was in excruciating pain but said it was not a hemroid. We don't know what it was- lost in translation (they didn't teach us medical terms at our school). The doctor did prescribe some antibiotics and assured Sean would be better in a few days. The great thing was we were not charged for the visit- apparently stumbled into a free clinic!

So we would post it here for a few days- Sean bed ridden most of it.

I wondered around the town- not much to speak of. Desert all around. Bustling little down town area with lots of locals filling the shops. The beach was beautiful a nice cool escape from the hot desert temperature.

I didn't really do much but wonder. I observed my fist taste of Chileanīs. My first instinct was lack of culture, compared to the highlands I had just come from where the culture was so alive- Chile seemed to lack uniqueness.  With the exception of how fast people speak. I felt lost in all conversations. I quickly decided it would just be best for me to try not to communicate with people here. For the most part they were rude when you did not understand them and because they talk so damn fast... I never understand!

Sean and I headed to the casino one night- it was pretty funny we only brought out like $10US and there was something like a $4 (per person) charge to get in- we stood in the from pondering why a casino charges to get in and as we were walking away the guard ran over to us and snuck us in (I guess assumed gringo's had money?) Casino took our money and we headed back empty handed.

The best part of Aric was the concert on the beach. We noticed a huge stage set up on the beach- found out when the concert would a be and I drug Sean out of laying position to enjoy the music with me.
It was a couple big groups from Brazil- We rocked out to the reggaeton- which was actually extremely good! Unfortunately  I have no idea who they were!

With Sean feeling better it was time to say goodbye to Arica and to face up to the dreaded 31 hour bus ride ahead of us...

pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/Carlyfedor/ChileArica#  
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