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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 5th 2016

Santiago, vendredi 5 février. Simon Ca y est, depuis le temps qu'on en parle! Nous voici en Amérique Latine !!! Et c'est un rêve de lycéen qui est en train de se réaliser, celui de partir à l'étranger pendant quelques mois, de découvrir une nouvelle culture, une nouvelle langue, un nouveau pays... Alors voilà, apres avoir vu amis et collègue partir à l'autre bout du monde il semblerait (j'ai encore du mal à y croire !) que ce soit mon tour ! :D C'est vrai, je l'ai d'abord rêvé seul ce projet, pendant plusieurs années même, mais pour différentes raisons il restait dans les cartons et prenait la poussière... ma rencontre avec Marie et son enthousiasme pour ce projet de voyage m'auront remis le pied à l'etrier! Après, la motivation, une bonne dose d'organisation et un ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 2nd 2016

Mardi 2 février 2016, 7h15 heure chilienne Marie Et me voila en train d'écrire les premiers mots de notre blog, dans l'avion entre Sao Paulo et Santiago...dans quelques heures nous poserons les pieds sur le sol chilien, c'est tellement incroyable!! De voyage, cela fait depuis longtemps que Simon m'en parle...je dirais même depuis qu'on se connaît! L'envie d'évasion, de découvertes et de défi, il ne faut pas discuter longtemps avec lui pour qu'il vous en parle !! D'abord il me disait vouloir partir seul sans pour autant se sentir vraiment prêt...mais moi, non seulement il n'était pas question d'être séparés pendant plusieurs mois mais il ne m'a pas fallu grand chose pour que ce projet de voyage me seduise aussi!! En juin dernier, je le relance donc en lui proposant de partir a deux, et après ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 12th 2015

The ride from Mendoza to Santiago was spectacular if a bit uncomfortable. My journey through wine country towards the snow-capped Andes was accompanied by a rumbling stomach as a result of the previous day’s 12-hour bender through said wine country. Once in the mountains, the landscape was rather barren and rocky and I have probably seen prettier. On the narrow and winding cliff-edge roads, there were a few hair-raising moments before we hit a three hour wait to get through the border - three hours in the snow, in my shorts, although it looked like it should’ve been colder than it was. In the form of Teo and Nicola however, at least I had company to ease the boredom. Passing some slums similar to the ones I had seen in South Africa earlier in the year, ... read more
Cementerio General
La Vega
Museo de la Memoria

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 9th 2015

Santiago is the Capital city of Chile and feels so much like a classic "western" city that I almost forgot I was in south America! It's a large city with a mix of old colonial buildings some in better repair than others & modern apartment blocks & high rise buildings. The city has been hit badly by earthquakes in the past but I after the huge earthquake that hit Chile in 2010 (8.9 on the Richter scale) they are pretty well prepared for any earthquake & the small ones barely even register with them. How I got there: I got a transfer from San Pedro to Calama Airport for 10,000 Pesos & a flight from Calama to Santiago landing at approx. 8:30pm. I got a taxi from the airport to my hostel which cost 21,000 Pesos. ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 25th 2015

As I packed to leave Rio after 4.5 weeks of travel I was feeling ready to get home and even contemplated changing my ticket and skipping Santiago and Chile. Fortunately Santiago reinvigorated me. By far the most 'European' city I had visited, I enjoyed wandering bohemian suburbs and tasting great quality and good value food and wine. Large areas of Santiago are made up of well designed high quality 6-8 story apartment blocks spaced apart in park like grounds. This means that the view is green and open, rather than into your neighbours living room. A lot of apartments have 3 or 4 bedrooms and families seem to like the lifestyle. While I had seen big volcanoes in Ecuador and been over 3000m in Peru this was just high hill country with glimpses of the high ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 7th 2015

Greetings folks, from Santiago, Chile, where Fi and I arrived on Wednesday morning (6th Oct15). From here, we intend to take a train about 200 miles south where we will begin riding again. As you may know, we spent a few days in San Diego, just long enough for us to do a few necessary errands, tune up our bicycles, and for me to get a bad hair cut (my first after having retired from the Coast Guard). I won´t gripe about it too much, but when I thought that I had asked the barber to "just neaten it up a bit without making it too short," I must have actually said, "cut my hair as if I were a donkey and make me look like a Where´s Waldo mental patient." Assuming that that´s what I ... read more
Back in the boxes
Fi stretching out during the flight from LAX to Santiago
Ready to go!

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 6th 2015

Another cold and wet day. More rain, really pummeling down, pretty much all day. We started by going to the theater again. Yesterday, we saw an ad for a movie called Los 33, which is about the Chilean miners who were trapped for 3 months a couple years ago, and we thought it would be particularly cool to see it in Chile. It also doesn’t come out in the US until November, but it’s released today here. But strangely (to us), movie theaters here have assigned seats, so we went to get our tickets early so we weren’t stuck up front like yesterday. After picking those up, we went to the Central Market, which is a big fish market that also has a lot of restaurants with the MOST aggressive “greeters” you will ever find. We’d ... read more
Plaza de Monedas

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 5th 2015

Today was cold, rainy, and wet all day. It was one of the coolest days I’ve had on this trip. I say this for two reasons. First, Santiago has been in a drought for 7 years. Rain is rare, so any bit helps. Second was what we did. After sleeping in and being lazy again, we got up and headed to the market downtown. We were expecting it to be like the one in Recoleta in Buenos Aires, with local artisanal goods, but it actually was mostly clothing and shoes from knock-offs. There were a few funny things, like a “Toronto, USA” shirt, or a Yankees shirt that said “MY” instead. Then there was also the 3-week-old puppy we met that I’m still not convinced wasn’t a toy. It was absolutely adorable. We left from there ... read more
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Geography is hard
Strong women

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 4th 2015

As today is supposed to be our only really nice day in Santiago, we used it to get a good, clear view of the city. Santiago is very much built in a valley surrounded on one side by the snow-capped Andes, and on the other by the shorter Chilean Coastal Range. Although the valley is perfectly flat now, it's fair to assume that it was probably a bit more hilly in the past. Although the city fills most of the valley, there were a few hills left to stand, including San Cristóbal in the center of it all, part of a huge city park (probably about the size of Central Park). On the recommendation of my sister, Serena and I chose to hike it today. First, though, since Dialogue is over, we did nothing for a ... read more
Rough life, being here
What a view
Panorama over the valey

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 3rd 2015

Adiós, Buenos Aires! I actually had quite a busy day today. I woke up at about 8:00 to go on one last run around the parks of Buenos Aires. Breakfast at 9:30, and then I showered and headed out. First I had to hit my old host mom's house, as she is kindly storing my big suitcase for the next week. I saw her briefly, then I headed over to the place where we've been changing money. Since the blue dollar is now above 15, we're paying for our hotel in Iguazú in cash to save more than 33%. So we needed some money to do that! At 11:15, we headed out to a famous steakhouse here called Siga la Vaca, which had unlimited meat and salad, and, for us, wine. Although the group was leaving ... read more
What a sunset




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