Blogs from Valparaíso Region, Chile, South America - page 6

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As I think I mentioned toward the end of my last blog, Katie was here for part of last week and into this week! In total, she spent 8 days here in Chile with me, and I had some awesome opportunities to show her around and show her what my life here was like. For a lot of reasons, it was a wonderful trip! It started on Wednesday morning when I met her at the airport. As I was waiting I met a man also waiting for someone to arrive. We chatted for a bit and it turned out he had a really interesting story to tell. Though Chilean, he had spent over half his life living in the US, and just recently moved back to Chile. He was there waiting for his sister who, as ... read more
API gives back!
Making friends with a dog.
Tasty tours.

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region June 7th 2013

Thursday 23 May to Friday 24 May The bus from Pucon arrived into Santiago early morning and I pretty much immediately boarded the bus from here to Valparaiso - one of Chile's most important sea ports. On arrival at the bus station I randomly bumped into a German guy called Max, who I'd seen briefly on Volcano Villarrica the day before in Pucon. He'd been ascending the volcano with the group that diminished down to two people. We decided to join forces in locating a hostel together and boarded a local bus to the Concepcion area of the city, ending up at a place that had been recommended to me. Check-in wasn't until 1pm, so we dumped the bags and headed out for a wander round the port, managing to find a spot for an early ... read more
Not Your Ordinary Door
Architectural Gem
The Stairs to the Alfajores


Last Thursday we set out on what was most likely my last long weekend adventure! This time we went up North, flying into a city called Calama. From there, we waited around for a few hours until we could catch a bus for the 2 hour ride to San Pedro de Atacama, which was where we stayed for the weekend. After arriving in San Pedro, we dedicated the rest of Thursday to exploring the city (which wasn’t very big) and figuring out what we wanted to do for the rest of the weekend. San Pedro definitely has what I would call an “old time” feel to it. It is a small, touristy city, set off by itself, surrounded by miles of desert. The streets are all packed sand with rocks and gravel. It was a laid ... read more
The biking crew!
Valle de la Muerte
Our little cavern exploring adventure.


It is getting chilly here, folks. As all of you in the U.S. are finally celebrating spring, I’m going through the exact opposite here! I think I have mentioned it before, but I’ll mention it again. In Chile, it is incredibly expensive to have indoor heating like many of us (and definitely myself) are accustomed to in the U.S. So, for what I am used to, it isn’t really cold outside right now. It is about 50 or so during the day and a bit colder at night. But the difference is, my pattern for 20 years in the U.S.: Freezing, freezing, freezing (step inside), WARM. Here in Chile: Cold, cold, cold (step inside)…cold. As a result, I find most of my days are spent with a sweatshirt or light jacket on. And when I am ... read more
we saw some sand art!
this one was cool, too.
fish, anyone?

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region May 18th 2013

I arrived into Santiago, where a strange bearded boy befriended me at the airport. His name's Stu and he'll probably feature in my blogs from now on. It was exciting to arrive in South America and the laid back attitude of Santiago, lively street-side bars and food stalls were what id expected. We spent a couple of days here, and walked up to the statue of virgin Mary on the hill, which gave a great view of this sprawling and in parts modern looking but smoggy city. But it's not a city that captured me and we were pretty excited to explore other places nearby, so soon headed to Valporaiso. Valpo is a very cool city, where every wall is a canvas and a mosaic of colourful houses decorates the hills that the city is built ... read more
Bike rides along the coast
Darwin's viewpoint
The fabulous Inti art


Now that I have time to write a little more about daily life, I want to use this blog entry to reflect on some things I have learned through my first couple months here. First, one thing that has really surprised me about my time abroad so far is how easy it was to adjust compared to what I thought it would be. I was prepared for a long, arduous process of struggling not only with the language, but with the culture, the big city, and the multitude of other things which I was experiencing for the first time. While there have been and will, I am sure, continue to be some struggles, overall, they have not been nearly as difficult as I was expecting. For that, I am very grateful to friends and family here, ... read more
A pretty view from the mirador by my house.
empanada!
Banana boat.

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso » Concon April 28th 2013

Our time in Peru had come to an end and it was now time to start making our way to Chile. The bus journey from Lima took us to Peru's border town Tacna. After going so north in Peru we had a long way to get to Valparaiso so after crossing the border from Tacna into Chile we arrived in a place called Arica. Arica was half a beach town and half a city but due to the cooler weather we spent our short time there in the city rather than on the beach. There aren't too many hostels in Arica but the one we stayed in was called Arica Unite which was perfect for our one night stay there. The next day we did another short bus journey to Iquique to break up our long ... read more
Buildings in Valparaiso
Valparaiso
Coloured steps Valparaiso


We have all arrived in Vina del Mar after 10,000 plus kilometres on the road, but not without problems to re enter Chile. We had a great run down to La Rioja, from Andalgala, apart from Terry and Howard heading off in the opposite direction towards Belen. They finally arrived in La Rioja about three hours and 200 km later, so they had their own adventure. While I was in the plaza, I heard my name called out, so turned to see Mauricio, the fellow we met last year whith the 2CV's, running towards me, we had a good man hug and chatted about last year and now he also Has a 2CV and it was parked in our garage, so of course we had to go and check it out, lucky I had one more ... read more
La Rioja
Talampaya
Talampaya

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso April 14th 2013

Valparaíso Just wanted to write a small ”in general” update here from Valparaíso since all the experiences are kind of a blur, since im experiencing things every day. I’m so in love with this city! Every time I leave the house I see something new and exciting, graffiti, new cool houses, and interesting people etc., never a boring day in this city. We’ve been lucky enough to find a house in Cerro Carcel just next to Plaza Bismarc, which according to Lonely Planet is a must see spot because of the amazing view. We can see all of the coast and the sea and during nighttime we can see all of the beautiful lights that glow up. The harbor is so charming with the beautiful Plaza Sotomayor in the background. From the plan you can see ... read more
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Apr 7 – Valparaiso : encore du street art et départ vers le nord Il nous reste encore un quartier à visiter, et un ascenseur à prendre, un vrai cette fois, accessible par un passage souterrain, réputé pour sa vue, mais aussi pour son quartier de… street art, mais oui, on ne s’en lasse pas! La vue panoramique est encore différente de la veille, du cote est cette fois. Puis c’est un départ en bus pour 26 heures de route et rejoindre le nord et plus précisément San Pedro de Atacama. Malheureusement, on a pris les billets un peu tard (genre la veille) et le trajet se fera donc en siège semi cama, oubliez le confort (bon, c’est toujours mieux que l’avion) >PDJ : on nous avait avertis que Valparaiso n’était pas une ville très sure, ... read more
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