South America's best fireworks
Trip Start Dec 29, 2008
77Trip End Mar 22, 2009
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Eventually Yoko, Andreas, Andreas' friend Gary and I jumped on a bus out to Vina del mar - the beach. The bus was absloutely packed when we got on and they kept on stopping to let more people on. The streets were jammed up so the 9km journey took about an hour. Eventually we got to 'Vina' and wandered along the beach. Vina is the more upmarket part of the area, a bit like Surfers Paradise. There were sand sculptures near the hotels and hundreds of bottles in the sand. It was pretty quiet but there were people everywhere, just sitting around talking. We hung out for a while, heading back to the hostel around 5.30am. Walking back from the bus back up the hill, the streets were packed with young people still out partying.
Checkout at the hostel was 11am today, and there weren't any hostel staff around. An American guy called Jeremy was leaving at the same time, so I walked/bussed to the bus station with him. The bus ride back to Santiago was next to a woman who had been born in Chile, but adopted by a Swedish family. She had just come back for the first time in 30 years to meet her family. This time I was able to see the scenery on the trip. There were fruit trees and cactii.
From the bus station in Santiago I caught the metro to my new hostel 'Andes Hostel'. Luckily the Metro is across the road from the hostel, so I didn't have to walk too far. I had lunch at the cafe next door and got talking to an Israeli guy.
Now I'm back at the hostel, thinking about having a siesta. Its really hot and sunny here in Santiago, definitely the type of weather you need to relax in. I leave here early tomorrow for Peru.
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