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Day 21 - With much more confidence than we had on the way to Maitencillo, we leave on a bus back to Viña del Mar. We don't fear the end and get off the bus just where we mean to. Our favorite social hostel is all booked up, it is Friday after all, so we find another that is upstairs of a Viñaian version of Third Street Promenade, and wonderfully close to our favorite shawarma place, Ali Kebab. The shawarmas delight us and our memories, as does the ...
... whole way! I could have got some brilliant photos.
In Argentina we kept noticing two kinds of road side 'shrines'. One type had pieces of red fabric and other bits attached and it turned out that this is a shrine to Gaucho Hill, a soldier who was captured by the opposing side in the war of independence. He was going to be executed and the custom was to leave a body by the side of the road for the vultures. He begged to ...
... but eventually we settled on somewhere. The food was disappointing unfortunately, perhaps we had chosen the wrong place, but we left not feeling satisfied. We made up for it later on that day by having a great pizza at a local bar, close to our hostel, and with the bonus of local draught ale and an old jukebox! It was Saturday night but surprisingly it was quiet; the fact it was off season was probably the reason, so we decided to all it a day.
We caught ...
... best to go after a rainy day because the smog in Santiago is incredible and the rain clears it away for a bit.
Then the following weekend I went down to Concepcion (5 or 6 hours south) with Sabi, a british friend of mine. She used to live there and had to go back to pick up some paperwork from her old university so we made a weekend out of it. She showed me around the town and I got to see the campus of the university down there which was really pretty and I met ...
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There were many people that came out to watch and the streets became crowded everywhere. We had already watched a bike cam on YouTube from the race the previous year and knew how crazy it would be. Check ...
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