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Bye bye Santiago, Chile

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Day 50- Monday 22.4.13
Valparaiso/ Santiago
We say our goodbyes to Boris, who has been a great host and now friend. Jump in a taxi to the bus station to get back to Santiago. We arrive and head to the hostel. We are staying in Bellavista a bit more central than before. The hostel seems ok for a few nights.
We meet Yvette for a drink and some food at the lovely Chilean restaurant. Tell her of our adventures on the weekend, try a bit of Spanish but not much!
It feels very strange saying goodbye. Another chapter closed, we will miss Yvette and the comfort of knowing a local you can call upon.
Feel quite emotional saying goodbye, but keep in touch!

Day 51- 23.4.13
Our 3rd year wedding anniversary
For our Colombia trip we need sleeping bags, we have done all the research, know what sleeping bag and shop to get it from. Head to the largest mall in Santiago. No sleeping bags available - the guy stock checks all the other stores, nothing available! No stock! We will have to attempt to get something in Quito.
Very frustrating Internet cafe experience checking in for our flights, couldn't get the seat allocation to work properly, couldn't print boarding passes. Another job to try to do tomorrow.
Head to a lovely restaurant Toro just round the corner from our hostel for a nice meal.

Day 52- 24.4.13
Boris recommended that we go to Cerro St Lucia. A hill in the middle of town and at 12 noon they fire a cannon. We head up to the top. Lots of winding paths and wait in anticipation with a few others at the top. Well we weren't expecting such a loud noise. It totally shocked us.
Cerro St Lucia

Cerro St Lucia

Then we try and find the pre Colombian museum. We walk around the block about 3 times to realise it is a building site, they are doing it up and it is re-opening in September!
Stumble across an Internet cafe and manage to print our bording passes.
Then we head to Memorial museum another recommendation by Boris. Which shows the military coup and how Chile suffered. A very thought provoking museum.
Then we find a lunch spot on our way back. I have the biggest taco ever and Laurence has loads of emdanaditas ( mini empanadas). We get back to the hostel and book our airport transfer in broken Spanish. All understood pick up 4am!


Another packing mission, although things seem to be fitting in better than before, must be all those little things we are throwing away.
We will be sad to day goodbye to Santiago but our budget is in much need of cheaper destinations!!!

Posted by Ford and Bates 18:21 Archived in Chile

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