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Not too much to report today.
Today we flew from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile. The flight was 5 hours and we were collected by the next tour company and transported to our hotel. We have a spare day tomorrow so we are taking a trip up to the Andes Mountains. We leave at a reasonable hour of 9.00am so have a little sleep in.
The hotel is ...
... of a gate, letters and prayers and plaques, dogs sleeping in the sun, girls rollerblading, people running, people cycling, sprinklers spitting into the air, a mother lifting her baby, a man taking a picture of himself, the sun again, unfettered by clouds and leaves now, higher, brighter, the Virgin dark against the sun, blessing the city below, the skyline, the day, the moment. It was a beautiful walk, a privilege to pay witness. I hope you go there some day, or return. On the way back ...
... and we had climbed up 2000m! Peaks around were 4000m -6000m high.
And then we saw condors! These are rare here now as there is a hydro dam being built nearby, and disturbing them.
Another hours trek back to the van. One young man from Rio de Janeiro stopped a few times to hold out his hand to help me as we clambered over rocks, then said to me that I was a example to his grand parents and his parents, as they would have been complaining!!
Back in the van we drove round ...
... I figured I would take in one of the famous parks about half way between my hotel and Plaza de Armas. So I walked back towards my hotel and climbed the very narrow stone stairs to Cerro Santa Lucia. Yikes. By now it was around 1 in the afternoon and it was HOT, HOT, HOT. However, the climb was worth it as the park was very pretty with various types of gardens from all over the world, fountains and the incredible Castillo Hidalgo, which was built during the ...
... bought what were obviously delicious empanadas. Sadly I didn't try one as it was between meals! We ended our tour sampling an 'earthquake' in a local hostelry. A mixture of rum, lemonade,pineapple ice cream and grenadine. Very sweet and therefore often drunk fast hence the name as ones feet apparently do feel the earth shake after just one! I dined in 'posh' restaurant and enjoyed the ambience and food. The next morning I breakfasted with three delightful ...
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