Valdivia and the Island of Chiloé

Trip Start Jan 15, 2008
Trip End Feb 25, 2008

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Sarah and I each went our own way, she was heading to Mendoza in Argentina and I was making my way down south, first to Valdivia and then to my main goal, the island of Chiloé. It was great to travel with Sarah and a lot of fun so I missed her in the beginning, but oh well, that's the way it goes with us travellers. A lot of hi's and goodbyes...

So first I headed down to Valdivia. It was a nice city, certainly had a bit of a German feel to it but I wasn't too impressed. I went to a cute beach town called Niebla, which was great and especially the road going there is beautiful. But as I said before, my goal was to get to Chiloé as soon as possible because I had heard so many stories about it, how amazing it was, how mystic and that was exactly what I was looking for....some inspiration for my music.

And how would I know that my life would change for good on that island? It's funny and intriguing how life holds so many surprises sometimes. My stay in Ancud, the second biggest city on the island and a cute port town, started off pretty quiet. I loved it from the start: the weather was great (apparently, this was highly unusual for the season, I was just lucky), the town is easy going and relaxed, the people are friendly, and I found a rather good deal for a room with a family. So far so good, but the best was yet to come....

I guess that all you travellers have heard or swear on a certain guide called Lonely Planet, right? Well, I've been developping some mixed feelings towards this guide on my trip through South America because I noticed that way too many travellers carry around the same guide and somehow end up in the same places. I didn't even had the Chili guide with me but luckily made a copy of Roos's Chili chapter. If you keep on reading, you will find out why this will be so important in the development of my story (I'm sure the suspense is killing you now). Anyway, I never even consulted the Ancud chapter that much, but one place to eat caught my attention, a bar called Café Arte Nerudiano. As you know from my Valparaíso chapter, I like Pablo Neruda as a poet and so I thought that this must be a very interesting bar, especially in such a small town as Ancud where I hadn't found a very vibrant art scene as of yet. So one sunny afternoon, I strolled into the bar and there I met Jaime, the owner of the café. I liked him instantly, he just gave me a feeling as if I had known him for a long long time and so we started chatting straight away. I found out that he had live music in his bar and so we decided I would give a gig on Friday night.

Now, you can imagine what happened next, but in Jaime I found the man of my life, and I don't say that often. We are together now for only three weeks but after knowing him for two days, I knew I wanted to come back to Chiloé to stay with him, and that's how my Chili/South America trip ends. We're very serious about our relationship and I'm happier than ever. I'm back in Rio at the moment to take a flight to the states in two days. I'll be in the states for a month and a half to visit my friend Anna but I'll be going back to Chile in May to settle down there. So you see, life has its amazing twists and turns and that's what I love about it.

Next travel entry will be sent from the States where it's still freezing cold. Let's see how the culture shock will be going back to the "First World". I will definitely miss this continent. South America has been absolutely amazing for me but now I know that I will come back here soon and that this will be my new home.
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starlagurl on

So cute!
That is a very romantic and cute love story, you must write more when you go back!

Louise Brown
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