We travelled up to coastal La Serena from Santiago and managed to check out the Mamalluca Observatorio with a late night tour. I saw Saturn with its rings and Jupiter with its moons, plus tons of constellations which are not observable in the Northern Hemisphere. I also learnt that Orion´s left shoulder is the dying red star Betelguese. Chile is particularly good for observing stars and in this area in particular they have 360 clear nights a year. From La Serena we travelled further north to the Atacama region and went through some spectacular desert.
I have been working non-stop since leaving university and last February I felt I had got to the point where I could buy a house and settle down or I could travel the world and mix-it-up globally...it was a tough decision.
While I have travelled quite a bit with my job and on holiday (Europe and the US), I felt I had never really got out there and seen stuff. Consequently, I am taking a 6-month sabbatical from work, starting in Jan 2006, and will be travelling to Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador (and fingers crossed, the Galapagos Islands).... full info