Sit Down Next To Me

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Jan 20, 2008

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tired. That's how I feel. Doing next to nothing can be draining, at times. Santiago. Pleasant town. Capital, even. A capital place. As it were. Hot. During the day, at least. Cold at nights.
It does have a good swimming pool in the park. Open air. Somewhere to lie back, and occasionally plunge, in the sweltering afternoon. Also, lots of cats seem to inhabit the park. And a large statue of the Virgin Mary. On top of the hill. Not as impressive as a Big Jesus of Rio, and certainly outshone by the planned Big Puskas of Colliers Wood, but still, they tried.
The journey here was far too long. Twenty three hours. That shouldn't be allowed. Particularly when the bus insisted on showing a dire selection of films. No Segal in sight. And one particularly awful thing involving a dog that worked for the FBI, and a child. Dogs and children - could anything make it worse? I suppose the company could employ someone to punch you repeatedly in the head, asthe film went on. They didn't.
The hostel is friendly, though. People go out drinking, and things. Or stay in drinking. Regular social events. All good. I even went to the ballet on the first night I was here. Performance of The Nutcracker in Plaza De Armas.
But still. The heat. Lethargy. It's encouraged.
And I have to be back in this city in five weeks to get a flight home. There is the South beckons before that, however. Tomorrow, it starts. Tomorrow. It will be colder.
And I still have another three weeks worth of malaria tablets to take. Or anti-malaria ones. I'm not sure which. I was told of fun side-effects, including psychiatric problems. Madness. I suspect they put mercury in, just to make them more interesting. I would. After all, making drugs must be a pretty boring job. Once all the research and so on is comlpete, the actual manufacturing of them would be to a strict formula - the one they have a licence for, and have determined works. No room for creativity. Unless you add mercury. Mad as a hatter, I imagine. But still, it's probably for the best.
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