Missed the bus....again

Trip Start Sep 19, 2005
Trip End Mar 19, 2006

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Friday, November 18, 2005


So, for the second time in two days I have missed the bus and I am stuck, this time, for 5 hours, just when I was ready to move on.

Yesterday's escapade involved me sitting merrily at platform 7 in Santiago's bus station, thinking the bus was only slightly delayed, when all the time it turned out that each company has their own platforms and there were two platform 7s. Of course, I was sitting at the wrong one and my bus had already left.

Today I can't really say what happened. When I bought my ticket to La Serena yesterday, the lady in the office told me the bus could leave from any of platforms 1 to 10. So this morning I got to the bus station early and dutifully wandered up and down looking for my bus. Clearly I learnt nothing from yesterday as when I went to ask at the office they told me it had already left from platform 8 (how??!??! I was right there the whole time!!). Luckily they took pity on me and exchanged my ticket for the last seat on the 5pm bus and have even stored "the beast" for me so I don't have to lug him around the whole day.

And now I am plan-less for 5 hours whilst I wait for the bus. Hence the rambly and rather pointless entry you are now reading!

Valparaiso seems alright, a coastal port with decent weather and a beach. There´s a nice old town up on the hills with lots of views and alleyways over the port. So, off to consult the Lonely Planet for things to do, and have the first of what I suspect will be several cups of coffee!!!
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