Route North - Santiago to Calama

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Well, the day has come...exactly 2 months since we first left Santiago to travel to the South of Chile, we leave again to travel North. However, this time we know we wont be coming back this way, so it has a bit more of a "leaving" feeling to it.

The trip is not a short one either: it should be 22 hours but we summed an extra 2 for the delays, stops, etc...and we were close. Exactly 23 hours 30 mins. Still for $22,000 pesos per person (20 pounds) you cant ask for more.

The bus was full of young and not so young guys travelling back home after the "Iron Maiden" concert in Santiago on Sunday. Apparently over 28 thousand fans went to the concert plus a few more that didnt have tickets. The black T-shirts were all over the place.

Veronika was even lucky and got a guy behind her with the smelliest feet ever. It was life saving that we had the Eucalyptus Vaseline which we comfortably apply to our noses when these episodes occur!

Dinner and breakfast on the bus were exactly the same: small fruit juice and biscuits, but at least they gave us something. We cheated them by buying a great "empanada" at La Serena stop to keep us going.

The best of the 24 hour ride was of course the scenery, which for the first time we could enjoy without having to drive along endless desert roads with high temperatures.

Second best, the choice of movies they put on the bus to get you entertained:
- Bruce Willis will always be one (Die Hard)
- Ben Stiller is another classic
- Jack Nicholson with Morgan Freeman (The Bucket List) was unexpected and good
- Torture came with Jennifer Lopez trying to appear real with Antonio Banderas. We cant remember the name of the film but its worth NOT watching (something about women murdered in Juarez)...
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