Last night we had a nice dinner at a little restaurant on the corner of a street nearby. We had a couple beers of Cristal, the local beverage of choice and Brett had fried fish and salad and I had beef and rice. I wished I would have chosen the fish and salad because it was sooo good!! I mean we are right on the sea after all. I guess I wasn’t thinking clearly. We sat for a while and talked, a lot about college and some of the crazy things that used to go on at North Campus Village, shout out to those of you reading this who remember the debauchery that was NCV….after dinner we made our way to one of the only other places that was open, Sunday night in Arica is pretty much like a ghost town, to have another few beers before bed because it was still early. We got one of those giant beer tube dispensers that has the ice down the middle and the tap at the bottom and we each got about three or four big beers out of it. We came back to the hotel and listened to some music and Skyped
with Phil for a while, he hurt himself last weekend, six weeks before he is supposed to come here! Hopefully he’s ok, I guess we’ll just have to take cabs everywhere, provide him with lots of Vicodin and alcohol. Shouldn’t be too hard. Haha. After that we went to bed and I slept alright except I had some seriously weird dreams, borderline nightmares. I won’t get into what they were about but they were very inception like and dreams within dreams which never happens to me. We woke up today and had some breakfast here at the hotel and went to the beach for a few hours after packing up all our stuff. The beach was nice, it was pretty much just us out there since this is the offseason for this city, however, one development, the city that has been a ghost town the two days we have been here sprung to life today on Monday. There were markets abounding, people bustling up and down the street, school children out and about and every store was open. It was a stark change from what we’d come to know as a sleepy little town. I am really glad we stayed
here long enough to see it like this because I have a whole new viewpoint on Arica. At the beach I read a little bit and got some sun and we came back into town for a completo and some French fries. I had a Fanta with lunch and it was maybe the best pop I have ever had! We came back to the hotel because we had to meet the lady who was doing our laundry to get our clean clothes. Mine still smelled a little funky, I don’t think they use enough detergent here but hey they are clean and I kind of generally stink down here so I am ok with it! We didn’t get to shower or anything after the beach so I am still fairly dirty and after this 12 hour bus ride tonight to San Pedro de Atacama I think I will be nice and dirty and will relish a shower. Our buddy Joey is already in San Pedro and has a hostel that he says is a pretty cool place; he offered to tell the hostel that we are coming and reserve two beds for us so that worked out pretty well. We
get in at 9am and will have a place to go right away, couldn’t be better if you ask me. I am now sitting in the hotel writing this blog, Brett’s out for a walk around the city and we are meeting back here at 7pm for dinner. After that we’ll grab our luggage and head to the bus station. Not sure what the wi fi situation will be like in the desert but I will update as soon as I can. T Carr out.
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