Trip Start May 27, 2008
70Trip End May 18, 2009
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I decided to ride up in my assigned seat for awhile, and switch after the bus down the road abit. I had some nice aisle seatmates from Poland, so speaking English about traveling helped made it a more pleasant jouney. Although, not too far in the trip, it started raining! Bah humbug! It would start, and stop, start and stop. But, I was inside and not out! And this is an Argentina bus, NOT Bolivia, so we had real heat on the bus! And very comfortable!
After a little while, we reached a beautiful village, Va. La Angostura, near where we stamped out of Argentina (my passport is getting more confusing, only a few more pages left now!) We were near lakes most of the route, and it was very impressive-looking scenery, even though it was raining part of the time!
Shortly, we arrived at the Chile customs, where the bus stopped, everything was unloaded, inspected, and x-rayed, and we stamped into Chile. Finally, we arrived at Puerto Montt, where we disembarked, and collected our maquilas from the hold. After I was geared up, a nice-looking lady appeared and showed me a biz card from Hospedaje Nancy, just up the hill! She said 5Mil with breakfast, or 5,000 Ch. Pesos, so I said "Ok". I had a hostel in mind, but she took 2 bags, and led me on up the hill. No taxi fare, and she helped with bags, so
it was worth it! I was pleasantly surprised with the hospedaje, and later discovered that there are about 20 million hospedajes here in this area. No signs, really, just a little writing on the outside gate doors. And they all look pretty much alike. The room was pretty basic, but real cable T.V., but lacking CNN, or BBC. and no WiFi. But the hospedaje is the family's house, so it was all pretty congenial.
I had a pleasant evening, I walked back down the hill, sans gear, and stocked up with some stuff at the supermarket. I bought a store-made papa relleno, (stuffed potato), and was sorely disappointed. Though I did purchase a giant bag of really good grapes for about 1.25$, so I could munch on grapes.
After a good night's sleep (thanks in part to a jug of wine from the kiosko), I awoke to a perfectly beautiful day! I took the opportunity, after chowing down on Nancy's desayuno of nescafe coffee (instant, of course!) and pan con mermelada, to walk the lake front walk for about a mile. It is a beautiful walk, but lacking in restaurants, boardwalks, etc. Oh well.
On my way back to the hostel, I stopped in a restaurant that advertised a fried fish dinner. I didn't ask if it was fresh, just assumed so (ha ha). I think it had come from one of those giant fisheries in Alaska! Well, I walked back to the hostel and took a siesta. In the evening, I walked back to the bus station, and after much hesitation, bought a ticket to Punto Aranas! I am now closer to the end-point of S.A. and my journey south. My time is getting short! And I will be at least 1500 miles from B.S. after my trip to Punto Arenas. Alot of buttime on the bus! Coming and going unless I opt out for the plane returning . But then, I miss all that lovely Patagonia scenery!