Day 57, Chile: Bye bye Bolivia & Welcome to Chile

Trip Start May 31, 2010
Trip End Aug 26, 2010

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Time to leave Bolivia with full of memories:
- Walking in La Paz, capital of Bolivia, the most Indian country in South America
- Walking in Sucre or Ciudad Blanca, a city with a wealth of historical architecture deserving of the selection as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
- The fabulous drive from Potosi to Uyuni, lost in the middle of colorful mountains
- Listening to bollywood song "kuch kuch ota hai" in Copacabana
- My 32nd birthday in Uyuni!
- The amazing and enchanting weekend in Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez with a Brazilian group and listening to Tina Charles
And...Sleeping in a dormitory with no heater and an outside temperature of minus 25!

Welcome now to Chile!
- Chile has one of the longest coastlines in the world but also one of the smallest at being 6500 km long and 200 km wide
- Chile is the second largest producer of salmons in the world
- There are 2000 volcanoes in Chile, out of which 50 are active volcanoes
- Chile is South America's biggest economy. In May 2010 Chile became the first South American country to join the OCED
- The great grand parents of Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, came from France during the 19th century and she is the second woman president in South America after Isabel Peron who got elected in Argentina in 1974
- Parts of Chile's Atacama Desert haven't seen a drop of rain since recordkeeping began. It is the driest place on earth

Sharuk Khan is pursuing me...I heard a song from "Kal ho na ho" movie when I was walking in San Pedro de Atacama ;-)
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