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Published: April 2nd 2006
Today's our last day in South America!
Before we get all teary-eyed we should talk about the great city of Santiago.
We got here on Tuesday, having spent a lovely 6 hours on the bus re-watching
the Matrix 2, Miss Congeniality 2 and half of the Aviator. We wandered round the city that evening and then booked ourselves into a Tango dancing lesson at the YMCA! Yep, that's right the Tango!
The lesson was excellent. We didn't quite manage to get to the fiery passionate stuff you see in the movies, but we mastered the basic step which was 8 steps and pretty complicated. And then you do things like 2-1, 4-1, 5-3, 8-3. That's the lingo you see. Anyway I think we were pretty good for just one lesson, and he told us to keep it going in London and New Zealand, so he must have seen some natural talent in there somewhere! Maybe it's because the woman follows the man so I don't need to be able to hear the beat! Afraid there are no photos but some guy was filming it, so if you see a Blockbuster with our pictures on it, it's worth the
money to see it!
Oh oh oh, the metro costs 37p for any single journey and 15p for a student!!!! hahahaha
Second day we spent half of it trying to organise our free hotel with LAN Chile and Qantas due to a flight change (it still wasn't organised this morning and we had to go all the way to the airport or book another night in our hostel which was not as nice as the Vicuña one. Chose the airport and now in a four star hotel full board!!). In the afternoon we rode the funicular (train car) and cable car up to the top of a hill, but stopped on the way at the zoo. Eric loved it, his favourites were the brain-bum baboons (see picture). Also saw a zebra having a full blast jimmy riddle (thats cockney apparently), flamingoes bullying each other, a very cool polar bear and some giraffes.
We spent this morning at Santiago airport but managed to get back into town in time to have another wander around the centre and up to a castle ruins/park. Sorry no photos because we forgot our camera but Santiago is lovely, very busy but a
Finally we want to say thanks to everyone who's stuck by us through exciting and not so exciting entries. We've had a fabulous time- highlights maybe being Machu Picchu, Iguassu Falls, Penguins & Sea lions, Sandboarding, Piranha fishing, Salt lakes, Peruvian homestay, seeing Saturn and of course Rio! And now I'm looking forward to our Campervan in NZ and I'm in my element planning all the delicious dinners I'm going to cook and then eat!
See you in New Zealand!!
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