Shopping and Arriving at CTIO

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Oct 12, 2013

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Monday, September 30, 2013

We spent the morning shopping in the marketplace in La Serena.  I got so many cool things for my family and friends back home!  I can't wait to show them all.  Shopping was so much fun though, right up my alley.  I also picked up a few pieces of jewelry with lapis lazuli in them.  Lapis lazuli is a blue semi-precious stone that is mostly mined in Chile and Afghanistan.  So of course while I'm in Chile I had to pick some up.  

After shopping, we stopped for lunch in a cute little restaurant in downtown La Serena, then headed back to the motel to get ready to head up the mountain.  The trip up the mountain takes about an hour, and is mostly on dirt roads.  Once we got to CTIO, we settled into our rooms and gazed at the beautiful scenery.  We won't start observing until tomorrow night, and it looks like it'll be cloudy tonight anyways.  
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