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I spoke with a friend, Alissa from Rice, before coming to Chile, who said her uncles lived in Concepción. Through her mom I was able to contact one of these uncles. He told me that, lamentably, his home city wasn't worth traveling to. So, Dietrich and I hopped on a bus to Concepción.
What I want to be able to say is how wrong he was. What I don't want to admit is how wrong ...
... renowned for earthquakes and tsunamis.
After squatting our way through a particularly low section of ceiling we walked back up the drift to daylight.
Back in Concepcion, the streets were busy. On the main square there were statues to Pedro de Valdivia and Lautoro, who killed him - in diametrically opposed corners.
Though there were places to eat, most offered pizza and pasta so we opted to eat Mexican at the flat.
The cloud had descended so we saw no point in going back up the volcano to the Termas. It was quite cold too.
We ate a breakfast of some Chilean veggie product that we couldn't take with us. The veggie sausages were particularly inedible - pink, floppy...eurghhh! (Made Mrs McCartney's sausage seem vaguely palatable.) We looked for accommodation in Constitucion and found the weirdly named Neuromanagement apartments and ...
... Mendoza (and sadly Rose too) behind us we set off for Santiago.The coach ride through the Andes to Chile was spectacular, and though the border crossing was tedious, it was made slightly less so by an interesting pair of old timer Americans we met. One of whom claimed to have climbed South America's highest peak three times, the other, a creepy sidekick who enjoyed divulging in his unsuccessful love life and ...
The first of two all-too-short visits to see Sebastian's relatives in Chile. We arrived in Concepcion after taking a a couple planes Cusco-Lima-Santiago, and then an early morning bus. We had a great time and it was wonderful to see everybody. We hope we can come back soon!!
In Concepcion, we had a chance to visit an old coal mine at Lota and a fish market at Talcahuano. Muchas gracias tios, tias y ...