Return to Puerto Montt

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Early rise to get the 5 hour bus (with ferry crossing) back from the Island of Chiloe to Puerto Montt where we want to be to check in early in boat "Evangelista" (ex-Magallanes).

Puerto Montt is described in most guide books as a city with little to offer...good as it keeps tourists away and it is a wonderful little spot for a one day stop. It certainly has all the elements people pay to go to that evil, evil Cuba (when will Fidelito go and join Cheito?) - crime, a walk along the beach, houses falling down, cheap food and drink, thousands of little stands selling all the typical "artesania" (read as souvenirs), old cars, road works, and a new office building which is probably the best copy of Soviet arquitecture.

We checked in at Hostal "Esmeralda" (owned by Italian descendant Mrs Barolo) which is well clean and comfortable and has the typical ham and cheese breakfast  to feed but not interest appetite.

We had a long walk along the harbour walk of Puerto Montt, with a burning hay lorry included (see photos), a visit to the Book Fair of Puerto Montt, and a walk around the fishing area of "Angelmo". The fishing market and food posts next to it are a great entertainment but sadly as in many ports infested with pickpockets, begging gypsies and drug related sorts (and little or no police presence). Anyway, well worth the show, but not a nice place after dark (so we avoided it after 7pm).

Interesting notes:
- A 40 year old communist selling videos and photos of Allende, Che, Jara and co. and Veronika talking to him without getting into a debate...Marcos really felt like asking the intelletual whether he believed Allende was killed or committed suicide. Answers are left to our friendly readers...

We ended the day going to the Theatre, which is what we want to do in each of the countries we visit...funnily enough we just bumped into the Teatro Municipal de Puerto Montt during our walk to dinner around 8pm, and a lady invited us in saying "its a university company from Santiago and its free". And so it was. Contrary to our expectations it was a good piece and the young actors where mostly very good.

We now have sufficient "Chilean vocabulary" to understand 90% of the expressions, and the piece in the theatre was full of them.

The evening finished with a large pitcher of Escudo at a wonderful restaurant next to the Theatre where (sadly) I tried the "salchipap"...yes "salchicha" + "papas" (deep fried sausage and fries) which will have certainly put some curve back on our well trimmed bodies (not).
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