Hotel del Mar - Enjoy Vina del Mar - Casino & Resort
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... we took the bus back to the airbnb apartment, and decided to freshen up.
Elsa told us there was a hot water heater you actually had to light with a match, unfortunately for us, we didn't remember where in the heater we had to light the match. After Greg unsuccessfully tried 10ish matches to light the water, I decided to just take a super cold shower. It wasn't the greatest thing, but it actually woke me up from my tiredness. After getting ready, we headed out ...
We decided to
follow one of the hostel owners suggestions for the day and travel along the
coast to the nearby upmarket resort suburbs of Renaca and Vina del Mar. We
caught a local bus which was driven by a maniac who flew around the narrow
windy, hilly streets where you were thrown from side to side. The ride was over
an hour and we got off a Renaca to walk back along ...
... wander and walked right by a protest/riot by students over education. The riot squad was there, complete with full body armour , batons and shields. Thought it was time to get out of there when a bus firing water cannons at the protesters joined in. (Apparently riot/protests are pretty common and normal around here, for us though still quite frightening). Decided to call it a day but realised we had no clue of what bus to take to get home! So an expensive taxi ...
... s expensive like Europe, but it definitely ain't Europe".
A lot of great scenery, though, and a very festive holiday vibe, and a place I'm sure we'll return to again someday. Maybe during the off-season when not everyone in the country is trying to get from place to place as cheaply as possible and determined to wear shorts in any and all situations. Obviously, that should be our job.
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... provide a glimpse into private gardens behind some houses. Alegre has an artisan flair with many galleries, Concepcion the touristy cousin with restaurants, patios and the like. Walking with Jessney, we must of course find the Funicular to ride back up the hill. We do. We're both glad it operates even on Christmas day. It is warm out, and hiking up the hill is the much less appealing alternative. Valparaiso still has 15 funiculars in daily operation and they fulfill a ...