Back to the Future

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Monday, May 23, 2011

After a 40 hour day (Santiago is 16 hours behind Auckland) we arrived in Santiago. As sad as it may seem Kevin and me were particularly excited by the fact that we actually arrived in Santiago before we even got to the airport in Auckland and get to say things like "This time today we were only getting in the taxi to the airport". J

It became immediately apparent that it was a mistake not to learn some Spanish before we got here.  At the time it seemed so tiresome to listen to language tapes in the campervan instead of nice tunes to drive along to but I think that will be something we'll come to regret! We managed to get out of the airport and into the city quite easily because the taxi drivers hanging around there had good English and were able to point us in the direction of the cheap bus.  However arriving at the hotel we had booked was a different story! Firstly I got confused and thought the lady referred to our reservation when she actually just asked if we wanted a room.  Then she got confused when Kevin tried to explain that we had a reservation.  In the end she just made up a room for us and Kevin explained to the manager later on, more in sign language than words I think, that we were the people on the booking that was printed out on his desk!! It all worked out fine in the end and they were really friendly and helpful, but the bottom line is we need to get on top of the Spanish, and fast, otherwise it’s going to be a frustrating 6 months!!
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