A most excellent cemetery

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2010

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Flag of Chile  , Patagonia,
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Not only is the architecture boring in Puerto Natales.  The town also doesn't have an airport so if you want to get to Santiago you first need to travel south to Punta Arenas.  It's an easy bus journey and I arrived in town on a Saturday afternoon.  I'd first learned of the existence of Punta Arenas during the Falklands/Malvinas war so it did feel a bit strange to be actually going there almost thirty years later.  I found somewhere to stay, organised my flight to Santiago and set off on patrol.   Some of the town is on  a hill from where you can get good views of the ocean.  This day it was quite windy.  I took a photo of a yellow building that was opposite my lodgings.  Apparently the sign identifying it as kindergarten had blown away.

Walking around Punta Arenas, one gets the impression of an unremarkable place.  However I did encounter some curiosities such as these Jamaican hats.  There was a cafe where you can apparently linger for some colonic irrigation and then there was a road sign that at first sight appeared to be warning of the the possibility (probability?) of a Ford Pinto spontaneously combusting.
Punta Arenas does have an excellent cemetery which is not be missed, especially if you enjoy hanging out with dead people.  I dropped by on a Sunday morning before my flight to Santiago and really appreciated both the sun and the fact that the previous day's wind had died down completely. The cemetery features a number of giant topiaries which have been sculpted into a shapes that are best described as phallic (although I don't think any of the 'residents' actually notice).   I didn't 'meet' anybody famous although I did find a couple who shared a birthday and had died just over a month apart.   Here are some photos from my tour of the Punta Arenas cemetery.

Then it was back to my lodgings to collect luggage and head for the airport.  I got a couple of pictures of military hardware on the way.

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