South America's best fireworks

Trip Start Dec 29, 2008
Trip End Mar 22, 2009

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

I'm too tired today to write much. New Year's eve we went down to town to meet some friends of Andreas (an italian guy from my hostel). The group the friends were with decided they didn't want to meet us in town, so after grabbing an 'un completo' (hotdog with everything) for dinner we powered back up the hill to their hostel. Our whole group found a spot at a lookout and settled in to wait for the fireworks. Chileans around us were cooking bbqs on the pavement. As it got closer to midnight the crowd was getting restless and confetti was shot into the air repeatedly. At midnight the fireworks began. Shooting out from 6 different locations around the harbour, the display was amazing. We wandered into town with the crowds and soon all needed the bathroom. An hour long wait for the bathroom slowed everyone down a bit and afterwards our group wasn't sure whether to go back to a bar or head along to the port or beach, where the parties were supposed to be at.
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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Where I stayed
Patiperro Hostel
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