Voodoo Chile (slight return)

Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
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Trip End Feb ????


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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

The flight over the Andes to Santiago is quite spectacular. You see Aconcagua, and some lakes only visble from the air. But unfortunately when we flew it was both dark and snowing. But the sunset above the clouds was truely spectaclular, some of the richest colours we have ever seen in the sky. Trouble was it was also the most turbulant flight we have been on and at one point we were sure that the wings were going to fall off. Luckily they didnīt, they were fixed on pretty tight.

Santiago is not the most dynamic nor vibrant of cities. We knew that before we got there. So with this in mind we found a hotel in the centre with cable tv (organised at the airport to save the cabbie). A short ride there and it was time to settle into a regular routine of getting reception to order a pizza and sit in watching the Warner channel (Smallville, Friends, Gilmore Girls, CSI and the like - Total rubbish). We managed that most nights. Most days we got up late (after watching Smallville) and aimlessly wandered the town.

We were going to organise 2 day trips. One to Valparaiso, which we managed, and one to the hills for more snowboarding, which we didnīt.

Valparaiso is quite pretty once you get past the docks and the banks and away from the bus station. Up in the hills it is very twee and almost worth a visit. Not for too long though.

Snowboarding was definitely out of the question as the cheapest we could get was 100quid for the pair of us for a day. Rip off, weīll wait until New Zealand (some time next week).

We managed to go up to the top of the big hill in the park, not sure of the name, but it has the funicular and the teleferico at the top. We decided to do this on the "kids sunday". A very wise choice it turned out as we only had to queue for a total of two hours to go one way. We had return tickets, but gave up on the idea. Should have stayed in with the Warner Channel.

Also turns out that Chileans have smaller feet, so Stephen has new boots. Hurrah.

One thing of note in Santiago is the coffee. Chile is not known for it, but it should be. If you are ever in Santiago go to either Cafe Haiti or Cafe Carribe. It is a sight to behold. The women wear the smallest tightest dresses you have ever seen, slicked back hair, tonnes of makeup and high heels. Mucky cows. There are no womens toilets, so they all must be blokes, they are not fooling anyone.

Lonely Planet says that there is racing on Saturdays and Mondays. We have already proved on more than one occasion that they are liars and after an hours walk we proved it once more. Racing is on Friday and Sunday.

One thing Lonely Planet does get right is the Indian restaurant. It is well worth the visit. We went twice. Marvellous.

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