Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The weather was much rougher than it has been today, but that didn't stop me.
I went by the National Zoo, but it seemed to be terribly busy with school children.
Although the view of the city from up near the zoo was nice.
On a warmer and clearer day I would have made it up to the top of the mountain above the zoo for more views, but the cloud was a whopping 20 feet above me.
I also snapped this picture. The building looks important, but I have no idea what it is. If you figure it out please let me know. In total I would say that I walked well over 10 miles today. If something looked interesting I checked it out. Now just a few more days left before Buenos Aires.
Two of the people I will be hanging out with will be the Amys (or is it Amies), never mind let's just say that there are two girls named Amy that will be there.
Also the attractive gentleman on the right should also be there. He is Etay, (or E.T. if you can't remember his name).
Of course to start the time in Buenos Aires I am going to start it off American style with a Dave Matthews Band concert on the 3rd of October. I have never actually seen one in the US, but everyone talks about going to them. This way the next time I hear someone start a concert story about them I can just say, "Oh yeah, I caught a show in Buenos Aires." and there story will end right there. (I am such an ass).
Friday, September 26, 2008
The friends (that don't speak English)
The sweet ride (yes mother I wore a helmet) and I did get it up to 90km/h
And with roads that look like this, how could you not miss it.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I also have been spending a lot of time at the beach. Notice the wet hair. Of course I had to get in the water.
At the end of the first day the owners celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. All were invited for free food and drink. It has been great staying here.
The next morining I ventured to the end of the island to view the dormant volcanoe that is now filled by water. Many ceremonies were conducted here including the Birdman. Look it up for yourself, because my time is short online here.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
When the Island was discovered all of the heads had been toppled. There are different theories for this, but some of the heads have since been propped back up to their rightful place.
I have taken a ton of pictures. Most of which don´t have me in it, but this is my website so I am in the photos. They should all be posted when I make it home, or on my facebook when I get the chance.
Me with a toppled Moai
They are quite abundant
Look like any of your relatives?
They are quite a sight to behold
I think I fit in fine right here. This trip has been amazing thus far. I have tons of picutures, but upload times are horrible... plus the beach is calling me. The sun is shining and the water was great yesterday. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Back to Santiago on Thursday.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I am leaving some stuff here for my trip so the pack is much lighter than it was before.
Got my electronics still and my travel book... I should be fine.
Morning pic of the traveler
It will be hard to move back into hostel life after staying here though because my friend Cami's house is amazing.
Here is a view of the back garden.
Some of the surrounding houses as viewed from the top deck of hers.
Wish me luck on my trip, I love hearing from everyone. Either in comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 19, 2008
All across Santiago they have special areas set up for family fun an celebration.
One of the activities is traditional Chilean dance. The guys wear some sweet spurs on the back of their boots that are insanely big. I hope that the horses in this country are not secretly 8 feet tall.
I topped my day off with a Chilean feast of their "traditional" beverage Coca-Cola an empanada and some bonus aji sauce to give it a kick.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Jamie was on point
James danced the night away and Jamie might have spent some time chatting up the locals.
James simply was not ready to say goodbye in the morning. The boys are headed off to New Zealand and should be boarding their flight in an hour or so after I submit this.
Poor guy, he just didn't want to see me leave.
Needless to say, they will be missed. I am sure we will run into each other while traveling again someday.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The views were epic and there were no trees so I couldn't break my other leg.
This is simply the bottom third of the mountain
An action shot of Jamie
James and Ricardo made a friend on the lift.
For having never seen snow, Ricardo picked up the sport faster than anyone I have ever seen. He even followed me off the beaten path and into one of the bowls. Completely fearless. Too bad he lives in Brazil and will only do this sparingly.
At the end of the day all three of them had picked up up quite nicely and my knee was still in one piece. Even having some car trouble couldn't ruin the trip.
We then rallied in Arica to get to the airport. After finding it relatively abandoned we pushed on and found a sales rep for Lan Airlines that got us onto the 8:15 flight to Santiago. The 2 hours plus flight beat the possible 28 hours by bus.
Being in the jetset is the only way to be. South American airlines don't charge extra for anything. Other airlines should learn from them.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Now me and some friends from Essex England, but claiming to be from London are watching three consecutive football matches.
We checked into the hostel at 7 this morning and haven't left the tv room.
Jamie and James
The DVD wall that might be the plan.
We have also hatched a plan to catch another bus tonight. This would mean that my stay in Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, lasted about 12 hours. Wish me luck.