Back in South America

Trip Start Jan 12, 2009
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Trip End Apr 02, 2009


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Monday, March 9, 2009

After a short sojourn in Toronto and a whole lot of flying the last few days Im now back in South America.  This time, I am in Santiago, Chile, hoping to see a bit of the city today and then figure out a way to get to San Pedro de Atacama up north tomorrow, in time to meet Hiyasmin, Kushal, Andy, and Julia there on March 11.  Unfortunately, I have a bit of a cold that I caught from moving from Peru's desert coast to Toronto's winter freeze...

Some may think Im a bit crazy for going back home for just a couple of days, only to return.  But this continent hopping of the Americas made some sense, as I got to see my family, give them various articles of alpaca as gifts, and got to eat good sushi and sinigang.  If nothing else, I also get to rack up tens of thousands of frequent flyer miles along the way...

There is a striking difference between Santiago and Lima, the two South American capitals Ive visited (as well as Chile and Peru in general).  Santiago essentially seems like a global, modern city with plenty of good infrastructure that manages to retain its colonial charm whereas Lima is chaotic and disorderly despite its rich colonial heritage, and outside of the Plaza de Armas and some of the surrounding blocks, is not very pleasant to walk around.  Theres definitely less taxis (the Daewoos that have long surpassed their shelf life) here than in Lima as well...
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