Trip Start Oct 03, 2006
Trip End Oct 02, 2007

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

I have travelled five hours north via La Serena. Timing my journey to be five hours in total the coach made the journey half an hour early. As all the passengers left the bus I sat and waited until the coach driver informed me I had reached my destination!

It was early evening by the time I reached Copiapo having located the nearest residential to the bus terminal I was not best pleased when I was informed they were fully booked. I tried three residentials in concession before finding one with space. A room without a light, that you use the handle (as supposed to a key) to get in and out.  
I perhaps hastily booked two nights stay. The first night with the ear plugs in, a torch to navigate around with and toilet paper to hand when visiting the bano! It sounded like I was next door to a karoke bar! I was so tired I managed to sleep. On awakening to a darkened room without natural sunlight I was disorientated to the time of day. Itīs quite a dreary room and I was glad to get going and be out in the sunshine.

Today I have become better acquainted with the town, as it is Sunday only one of the museums was open- as its Sunday it was also free. I went to Museo Reginal de Atacama. Which to be honest wouldnīt have be a disappointment should I have not gone but, I managed to locate it and found nice views of the town on the way. I donīt think there is a lot to do in Copiapo unless you are prepared to part with a fare bit of money to visit the national park or go hiking. For me this town has served as a rest place before heading further north.
I have also made two new Chilean friends who started to chat to me in the plaza. They were very friendly,  its a shame to always be wary of people when they strike up conversation, I suppose as they were both female I was able to let my guard down.

I was given one of the ladies writing books as a gift of friendship. This gesture was very touching. I parted having made my first Chilean friends, taking with me their addressīs which will challenge my ability to write in Spanish. I do intend to keep to me promise and write to them and hope things do not get lost in translation!
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