Slight Change In Plans...

Trip Start Nov 22, 2005
Trip End May 15, 2006

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Right about now I should be writing about how wonderful Easter Island is and how amazing those big stonehead-things are.

Well, there's been a slight change in plans.

Just before I was about to board the plane from Santiago, I was told by Lan Chile that they had overbooked the flight and would I volunteer myself to take the next flight on Saturday. In return they would provide 3 nights accomodation in a 4* hotel and all meals paid. Plus I would receive 2 free return flights from Santiago to a city of my choice.

That was how I came to be in Viña del Mar!

Viña del Mar is a beachside resort about an hour from Santiago. It's a bit of a tourist spot for both Chilean and international visitors, and being a female walking by myself through town I had to keep my wits about me. I couldn't even walk into a museum without a man approaching me offering to take me on a tour. And even though I look Chilean, my accent and broken spanish is a dead giveaway that I'm not from this neck of the woods.

By the way, I've decided that the next time I visit South America I'm changing my surname. If I had a peso for every person who found out my surname was 'Sepulveda' and then strongly suggested that I should be learning spanish, I would be a very, very wealthy person!

Being a female in Chile has its advantages. You're more likely to get discounts off purchases which is a nice bonus! It also means that whenever you walk past a group of men you either receive: a)a wolf-whistle, b)a call such as "corazon", c)staring. This does wonders for the ego and I thoroughly recommend a visit here girls if you ever do feel a bit blue.

Another thing I find fascinating here is the amount of kitchen utensils that are being sold. Almost every shop you walk past, whether it's a discount store, a pharmacy or a lotto agent, sells kitchen utensils. So if you ever have the desire to buy a wooden spoon, an egg beater or a spatula, Viña del Mar is the place to purchase it at.

Hope you enjoy the photos and the little game of "Spot The Icecream Seller" I have incorporated into it (they seem to pop-up at every tourist destination). I´ve also included a video of a dubbed Simpsons episode in case anyone´s interested in listening to The Simpsons in spanish (I was thinking of you, Raul!). And this time my next entry will be from Easter Island...hopefully!
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