Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
Trip End May 05, 2012

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Where I stayed
With Ronald's cousin, Mili
What I did
Partied in Santiago!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Well, I went to Santiago for their Fiestas Patrias, their Independence Day, which is September 18th. Ronald took the bus to Arequipa and then to Tacna and then to Arica where he then took a plane to Santiago. I didn't want to lose that many vacation days, so I flew on Friday and got there in the evening. I had to wait quite a while in the Lima airport because my flight kept getting delayed. At least there I was able to get online and order a few COLD beers simultaneously. Heaven.

As we were landing I decided to take a picture of the first Chilean flag I saw so I got out my camera, turned it on, and was met with an unholy message saying the lens was broken and the camera would automatically shut off. So I was without a camera for the entire weekend and these two pictures are from Ronald's cell phone. Just found out there's sand in the lens, so it's cheaper to buy a new camera than fix this one. Looks like I won't be taking pictures for a while...I don't even know if you can buy legit cameras here. Stolen ones, yes, new, updated ones? Who knows.

Once I arrived we pretty much immediately started drinking jaja. We had a beer with Mili and then went to meet Ronald's friends at HBH, a bar in Nunoa sort of close to their depto where we used to live. Then we went to Bar Constitucion and had a couple drinks before walking back (picking up some churrasco on the way...) and hitting the hay.

Saturday we didn't do much, but Mili's brother came and the four of us walked to the Mercado Central and then to La Vega. La Vega is their farmer's market, basically, but now before you cross to get to the part where they sell produce, they'd built a cool, two-storey structure and on the second floor had restaurants. We browsed the selection but ate at the first one we saw -- it looked the most legit. It was clean and the chef had cooked for famous and important people. Me and Jano, Mili's brother, shared a plate of breaded chicken and one of ribs. The ribs were delicious and the presentation for all of the plates was wonderful. Mili got his card so she can go back to eat the exact plate Jano and I shared -- the ribs. 

That night we went out to see the band Conmocion but they didn't come on until 4am so we left shortly after, slightly disappointed. It was a fun night, though, and we were looking forward to Sunday.

Sunday, the 18th, we went to an asado (grill-out) on Cerro San Cristobal which is a hill in Santiago that is absolutely littered with grills. We spent the afternoon/evening there and then went back to our old apartment to continue the festivities.

Monday we didn't do much as Mili and I weren't feeling the best, so we just sort of hung out and Ronald and I went to see the ape movie that evening. Tuesday was our day to go around buying things we needed that they didn't have in Peru like 3M hooks to hang stuff with. 

My flight left at 10 pm so I went to the airport, arrived in Lima at midnight, hung around until security opened at 2 am and then tried to nap before my flight. I wasn't too successful, but I did pretty much pass out on the one-hour flight. Needless to say, I was wiped out, but grabbed a cab outside the airport to go to Pavitos (the first guy tried to charge me 8 soles! Jaja...the second 5, but I said 3.50 and he said 4 so I took it. Some take 4 some take 3.50) to take a car back to Urubamba. I dropped my bag off at my place and went to work. 

After the day was done (I napped during lunch) I went with some of the others to Cusco and Senor Siriaco dropped me off at the vet so I could get Sao and Soju. Sao was bathed and smelled like baby powder, and seemed to have gotten much fatter. I took the bus back and on the way met Maria's son! Ronald and I went to Maria's house one night for dinner -- she had become friends with Ronald because he was walking down from the office one day back home and she started chatting with him. She sells flowers in the market and her son lives in a different apartment so he can get to work at 3 am -- he's a cook at the hotel Sol y Luna. Anyways, nothing's really happened since -- I had a low-key weekend -- and I'm still recovering!
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