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Travel Blogs from Santiago
Chile is in the grip of world cup fever. Their opening match is played as we fly from La Paz to Santiago - the captain announces the goals over the tannoy to ecstatic eruptions from the cabin mid-flight, and chants of ¨CHI CHI CHI, LE LE LE, VIVA CHILE!¨.
As Lee´s only here for four weeks (I say ¨only¨, the fact he´s managed to negotiate a 4-week stint of annual leave is amazing) we´ve elected to save a few day´s holiday and ...
... zebra, polar bear, hippo, mara, reah, guanaco, deer, camels, snakes and penguins. Loads of stuff to see and do and way better than our local zoo's. The tiger was the most impressive as it was up and about entertaining the crowds watching it, an amazing animal. No idea though how the polar bear actually lives in that heat, it looked pretty comfortable and chilled out so must be happy. After the zoo we got back ...
... arrive from Hobart named Nick Shuey. Nick had spent some time previously in chile which resulted in a Chilean daughter for which was the main reason for his visits. Nick an emergency nurse was a very knowledgeable guy which made the evening an insightful one. Ending in the late hours of the morning In The hostels own small nightclub caused me to sleep through missing my bus to Mendoza in Argentina costing another $40AUD. ...
... to the hostel. That evening for dinner we went out for a meal...IN A SUBMARINE!! This restaurant was nautical themed and had different themed rooms throughout - each doorway was like a submarine door that you have you duck down and step up and over, and our room where we are was a submarine! We had a lovely seafood dinner and tried to have some chats with our waiter in our dodgy spanish. Luckily the restaurant had wifi so we were often using my app to translate words and ...
... only serve one term here)- in the meantime spending a few years working for the UN. She is up against another woman, Evelyn. Both their father's went to the same school, but one served as an admiral under Allende ( the socialist hero to some who Pinochet ousted in the coup) and the other an admiral in Pinochet's regime. Together with the 40 year anniversary this is stirring up a lot of feeling- whilst Allende ...
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