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... by Europe and USA. Current telescope mirrors are 12 metres or so and the new ones being built will be 40m and 80m. We were also shown a really cool computer program to observe stars and planets (http://www.stellarium.org) from a perspective from anywhere on earth, at any point in time. We were finally taught how to use the Southern Cross to find south. The distance from the bottom to the top of cross extended a further 4.5 times will be directly above due south.
... the honour of a Nobel Prize. Gabriela Mistral is the queen of the Elqui Valley. Having grown up in the Valle de Elqui and derived much of her inspiration from its landscape, she is pretty much worshipped as a goddess among its people.
San Pedro de Atacama: Beware of the Trauco
An 18 hour bus ride north from La Serena landed me at San Pedro de Atacama, a quirky, dusty town in the middle of Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest place on ...
... clean toilet, shower, bed, zzzzzzz.
A couple of days later..
Jonny : “We could fly but the overnight bus is really cheap”
Donna : “But you hate overnight buses and you always end up a grumpy ****”
Jonny : “I'm not grumpy, a tad curmudgeon perhaps, maybe even cantankerous at times but never grumpy, lets take the bus, it'll be fun”
And the wheels on the bus go round and ...
... missing them with my camera, then saw whales surfacing near the boat, penguins on one of the islands and a sea (or cal) otter on the rocks. Also lots of birds and sea lions. Landed on one of the islands and walked up to the viewpoint and then all the length of it but sadly no penguins to be found. After an hour on the island got the boat back and had late lunch in a restaurant with empanadas, Reineta (a white fish) and creme caramel. ...
... of us slept really well, we woke up to a breakfast served to us of cookies, candy and black coffee, and before we knew it, we had arrived at our destination by noon.
We had booked a room in La Serena, a big city sitting on the Pacific Ocean; it was not the quaint beach town we had hoped it would be. Nevertheless, we spent three nights there, the first night in a dodgy, dirty hotel, El Hibisco. The following morning, before even a cup of coffee, we walked ...