Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
109Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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Valparaiso is in a rare peaceful bit of water and so the beaches share seafront with a busy harbour. There were container ships, a cruise ship and some naval ships here, and all around town we would often see men in smart naval uniform
We were also pleased to find some excellent restaurants here, unimaginably better than the trash we've otherwise seen here; hard to believe it is even the same country in fact.
One feature that has been completely consistent is the perfect blue sky and blistering sun. The days are still dry and breezy, so the high temperatures are pleasant (nothing like the steam bath atmosphere in Asia) and it is easy to get sunburned. In the evenings even by the coast it gets much fresher and most people wear a sweater or jacket to dinner. It's really a thoroughly agreeable climate and we have been keenly aware that it is particularly grey and miserable at home at the moment. Any sadness we felt at missing Christmas at home has been forgotten and we are very thankful for being here enjoying the warmth and sunshine.