Santiago and Beyond

Trip Start Jul 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Alive and well... with a few more stories, none involving the police or robberies
Lazy days in Valparaiso living like a local, returning to Mr Egg and enjoying one of the best beaches in the World.  After such a brilliant yet slightly exhausting week camping it has been a slow down in Valparaiso, staying an extra few nights with Pauli's wonderful family and enjoying leisurely strolls around the colourful streets.

Renaca beach, just north of Valparaiso, is an amazing beach.  The DTs got another public showing, caught a few waves and enjoyed more than a few beers... all while surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery.  Over four years ago I was in Valparaiso for a couple of nights, the first of which involved 4L beers in a huge club, Mr Egg, and more than a few adventures including meeting Pauli.  As a laugh we returned and attempted the 4L beers and once again had a few adventures - I still suck at salsa and walking around the dodgy part of town at 3am is still not a great idea!

Yesterday it was time to move onto Santiago after a couple of brilliant weeks.  Pauli, after keeping in contact over all those years it has been wonderful to see you again, to meet your family, jump in a car and get away from it all in your country and do a few of those things we had chatted about.  Thanks bella for showing me your city and navigating me through your country (and nearly into Argentina) I look forward to returning the favour one day. 

What can I say about Santiago... The hostel has a "pet" marijuana plant called "Bill" that gets walked out into the courtyard each afternoon for some sun, thats funny.  Have had a few quiet nights trying to recover from the pace of the last few weeks and seen the sights that really havent changed in four years!  

Tomorrow its off to Mendoza - wineries, sun, swimming pools and, if you believe what nearly every bloke has told me who has ever been there, the best looking women in the World.  Sounds like fun!
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