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South America » Bolivia September 10th 2004

Well over the last week I've just sort of been hoping around between cities before arriving here in La Paz. No really great stories to tell so I'll just let the photo's do the talking.... read more
Local tribe practicing their dance for the big festival next week here in Sucre
Sucre town square
The old Royal palace in Sucre

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago September 7th 2004

Hello! This was our last day in Santiago, we´d had a ball. After a marathon 24 hour, 3 flight journey, we finally arrived in Santiago, very tired and more than a little smelly. We had been very organised and arranged an airport transfer to take us to our hotel, but when we got into the arrivals hall it was nowhere to be seen. There followed a very scary taxi journey to the hotel, where our taxi driver tried to find us an article in the local paper as he drove along the motorway. Quote of the day according to Graeme: Jo: Here, I´ll look for it if you want... Taxi driver: No, no, I good driver lady, don´t you worry. Eeek!! We got there in one (two?) pieces however and all was well. Our hotel turned ... read more
Graeme in Santiago
Just look at those mountains!
The Virgin Mary

South America » Bolivia September 4th 2004

Shoot what a hardout day!!! I can't even describe how tough the conditions are here, basically it made me realize that I've never even come close to working hard in my life and that these guys are hardnox!!! Thousands and thousands of people have died in this mine over the 70 odd years it's been open through health problems from the acidic air and apsestos down there or by accidents, and now the average life expectancy of a miner is 15yrs, so when some of them are starting at 12/13yrs of age it's not looking good for the population of Potosi. It's a really cool city though, it's just a shame that so many peoples lives are caught up full time in this mine so they can't really enjoy what they have around them.... read more
Cocoa leaves and ciggarettes
Solo wifes at work outside the mine
One of over 200 hundred entrances to the mine

South America » Bolivia September 2nd 2004

Well I've just spent the last three days between 4-5000m above sea-level in the back of a dodgy old 4x4 toyota with 3 germans and a couple of Bolivian locals. It was great. Bolivia is really beautiful and would strongly reccomend this trip to everyone. You can start it from San Pedro in Chile or from Uyuni in Bolivia and there are heaps of differant companies that do it. check out these pici's (Pink flamingos are so cool!)... read more
Hot pools on Day 1
Our guides - Estevan and Fausta
A few Gysers

South America » Chile August 30th 2004

Well San pedro is a beautiful little town made out of mud way up in the north of Chile where the sun shines all the time . I've been here for four days now and I love it here but tomorrow I'm off to Bolivia. This place was set up just for tourism because right next to it is "Valle de la Luna" - Vally of the Moon, which is amazing, a salt lake with Flamingos and there's also a whole heap of great mountain-biking downhills for those hardout types.... read more
The main street of San Perdo
Bit a blood
The Vally of the Moon.

South America » Chile August 26th 2004

Well it turns out you can have an average time in South America sometimes, my last few days since I left Viña del Mar have been much les then enjoyable, check this out.  I got to Vicuña after a 8hr overnight busride from Viña and it was cloudy. now usually that wouldn't bother me but half the reason I went there was for the World class Oservatory that's there which of course needs a clear night for a decent view of the the stars. so with the just about overhead-projector style slide show of our solar system and a two second peep at the moon when it showed itself for a couple of minutes and all dished up by someone who hardly new any english and even less about stars, our tour sucked ass. 25days in the ... read more
Sample time
Pisco grapes vineyard.
They BIGgest mine in the world - at a very safe distance.

South America » Chile August 23rd 2004

Well I loved Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, thet're a couple of towns on the coast a couple of hours out of Santiago and they're well worth a visit if you're ever in the area. I stayed with Jorge's cousins who live in Viña and they were so nice, and Rosa Jorge's aunty reminded me so much of Cherrith Vahaakolo so that was cool. Estevan is the their son and he's a profesional soccer player for the local team and a great guy to boot, the night I got there he drove me around both Viña and Valparaiso showing me all the cool stuff untill like 2 in the morning. The next day had a stroll around the streets of both places which was nice, and in the arvo took a bus a bit further up the ... read more
The Vina del Mar Casino
The Port of Valparaiso
The harbour of Valparaiso

South America » Chile August 22nd 2004

Well made it up here no probs, got five rides hitching between Temuco and Chillan on day one, and it worked out pretty sweet cos my last ride that took me into Chillan as it was getting dark and I was getting hungry, was with couple of life insurance brokers who happened to know the best place in town to buy the world famous Chillan longanizas(big long ugly sausages - but so delicious!). So after taking me there and buying me two of these huge things(I'm talking the size of baby's arm or a horse's... well they're big anyway) they then decided that we better get their mate "the chef" to cook them for me too since it was my first time. And cook them he did! He dished them up fried, with rice on the side and a pisco ... read more
The Church en Chillan
Castilla Funicular
Me, Daniel y Jaire up Cerro San Cristobal

South America » Peru August 17th 2004

this is my blog from peru, my second time here and i say i love this place is totally amazing...... read more

South America August 16th 2004

Well my little brother turned 20 today so I thought I'd make a bit of a shout out, hope you're having a good one matey. I remember when I was 20, no pressure, no responsabilities, full of life... oh the good old days. Enjoy it while it lasts Gavy because soon you'll be old and tied down like me.  Meanwhile I'm still ticking along well, been checking out little towns and lakes and climbing Volcanoes and stuff on my way up through southern Chile towards Temuco. The weather's been a bit off and on over the last week or so I've missed out on a few of the postcard views but here's a few of my recent photo's for you to check out anyway. One thing that's really struck me about southern Chile is that the scenery ... read more
And they quite liked the limelight
The town church - Puerto Varas
Lago de todos los Santos - Petrohue




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