South Chilean extravangaza
Trip Start May 19, 2010
19Trip End Jul 27, 2010
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At night we arrived at Chris’ cousin’s place in Valdivia, which is the Chilean city it rains most at. This was definitely proven during our arrival. As it was dark and foggy I could not see anything about what was around us. A long day of travelling and new impressions! Night night.
15th June - The plan for today was to go to the natural hot springs in Puyehue. This place is insane because after spending time in the hot springs we went to have lunch with chilean wine in the restaurant at the windows which overlook the whole valley. When an eagle flew buy and sat right outside the window to look for prey this was the perfect moment! We went to watch the soccer game in the in house bowling alley from where once again, accompanied by the view we had a cocktail each just to return back to the hot pools after. I added a video to give you an impression also. We figured that this place is either for older couples or for families with young kids because apart from when i filmed, we had the whole outside are for ourselves
Just before we arrived at Chris' family's place where we spent the night we stopped by a chilean brewery called Kunstmann. The slogan was Das beste Bier and the photo that you can see shows the mugs of the "Stammgaeste" - the ones that come there very regularly. Once again it is fascinating how many German descendants live in Chile!
16th June - I am currently on a bus on my way back to Santiago. It is by no comparison the best bus I have ever been on. This is because it is night time, there is a music playing which you need headphones for so you don’t disturb anyone, an employee just walked by offering water and most importantly – I am laying in a vertical position because this bus has beds!! This is like first class. And as I am not going to be flying first class any time soon this is the best thing ever! To get here it was a very nerve-racking ride because we just couldn’t get out of Valdivia because signs that showed north just ended up leading south and people that said go left and right, straight and right twice did not seem to realize that this would just make us end up at the same place we started at. In addition to the strong smell of burnt firewood coming from all the houses in the street, the smoke coming from it plus the thick fog it took us at least half an hour to finally escape the maze of Valdivia and get on the right track home
At home tomorrow we are going to get in at 7am when we are going to be picked up by Chris’ brother and then go straight to a place where we can watch the next soccer game at 7.30 am. I have to say, Chileans are crazy about soccer. Even more crazy than Germans. We took a drive through a few small viallages along the coast after stopping at a ford which was used to fight off Spanish ships. Apart from the view and me considering what it would be like to jump down the cliff it was fascinating/scary to think about being a Chilean in the fort, seeing the Spanish approach in the distance and waiting for when one could fire the canons.
- I take best thing ever back. There is a person that snores extremely loud about two rows in front of me. If he was kicked off the bus this would be the best thing ever, but maybe I will just turn my music up higher to overplay the lovely sounds of the child crying in the row behind me. -
Back to the day: We woke up at 7.30am right in time to watch Chile beat Honduras. At this time in the morning, compared to the usual sound of trucks, cars, and people there was nothing to be heard. Complete silence
During our tour along the coastline the dominant image of the Chilean way of living outside of the cities became obvious once again. It is a very simple life. There is not a lot of luxury, no excessive house or garden design, no pretty fence or the unnecessary large car parked in front of the house. The houses are small but they are all in different and sometimes funky (pink) colours, the front yards are usually dirt pits but all of them have an incredible view of the water and lastly, most of them have driveways that let any dog park, cemetery hill or the like look like a fun hill to run up and down on. All of this makes me wonder what I really need so much of everything for. I mean I can’t deny that I enjoy the occasional first class bus ride but it is also a sign for that I /we should be satisfied with what we have right this moment because these people basically have nothing but are fine living the way they are. A house, a yard, and a cow laying next to the wall overlooking the ocean ;) (see the photo)