Parrilla con Amigos

Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
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Trip End Jul 31, 2010


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Where I stayed
George and Rosa's house

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Saturday, April 24, 2010


I met George the next day to confirm and he gave me the address and if
needed phone numbers. He said it started at 8 which was fine but I
knew that I would no be getting that early start to cross the border
the next day.

Finally on finding George’s place, (the taxi driver, and me where looking at
the paper upside-down, the number was 566 not 995) I was welcomed
into his home to meet his lovely wife Rose and Rose’s daughter Dani
who was between places with her 4 year old daughter. Two other couple
arrived, Eduardo, who I had met today and his wife and Boris, a guy
born in Germany but came to Chile as a child and his wife. The
evening went perfect with attempts at Spanish by myself and replies
in English by everyone. Beers were had, enough food to last me days
was consumed, with Rose still trying to make me eat more followed by
wine and a shot of whisky. It’s amazing that when it boils down to
it, people are the same all over the world. We talked and acted like
any gathering would happen at home.

As I got out of the taxi at close to 3am at the hotel I thought, hmmm, might
be a bit tough to get an early start, especially when I promised Rose
that I would bring the bike around to show them and she said, but not
before 11. I hoped to be well into Peru by then but I could not
refuse.

I arrived at George and rose’s around 10.30, resisted the invitation to stay
for lunch..and tea again and headed for the border which was only
about 40k’s away. Now border crossing can be strange, you hear many
stories both good and bad. As I approached the window, with the
necessary paperwork (or so I thought) I was asked for a form I had
never seen before. You must have this I was told to cross from Chile
to Peru, this is the only crossing that has this. OK, but I have
another piece of paper that I was told I would need to exit
Chile..no..that’s the wrong one I am informed. OK, where do I get
this form? She pointed to an office, there, but today’s Sunday and
it is closed. Great, ok, now what. You will have to go back into
Arica and find a place, all of a sudden lunch and tea at Rose’s
seemed a possibility. I made a protest that how was I to know and I
couldn’t go back etc. She told me to wait and she walked off in the
direction of the closed office. 15 minutes later she returned with 4
copies of the form. You have to fill these all out she said. OK, no
problem even though it seemed a bit crazy considering it asked for
all the details that were on my carnet. Anyway, forms were filled and
then followed a procession of different offices, stamping and
checking, mostly the 4 forms. Through Chile similar offices and
stamping occurred at the Peru side, but I must admit there was no
confusion or time wasted, the 4 forms were gradually taken with the
last being handed over to the last checkpoint of many and I was in
Peru…and starving having not eaten anything the whole day and it
was now 12.30. Now being Sunday the change place was closed but a
little food stall just past the last check took Chile pesos so a beef
roll it was and I then headed up the highway.
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Rose on

Tony, for us it was a pleasure having you in our house.

You are a very nice and friendly..

Good luck and welcome, anytime.

Chau

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