Back to Santago and then on to Viña music festival

Trip Start Feb 17, 2012
Trip End Mar 11, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

After a nice breakfast we drove to Calama. We had a quick drive around town before heading to the airport.
We departed Calamar at and flew to Santiago. It was a beautiful trip as the plane flew across the Andes all the way down to Santiago. We were flying at more than 11,000 meters but the mountains were easily viewable from this distance. The more you go south the bigger the mountains get.
We have a nice welcome lunch at Panco and Paulinas house and I was able to meet the family again. It has been 17 years since I was last here.
After a short rest we we drove to Viņa del Mar to see the Music festival. Now you need to understand how big this festival is in Chile and South is South Americas version of Eurovision. They have competing singers and performers from diferient countries. The difference with this festival is that the have international artist performing full concerts as well On this this night there were 2 full 2 hour concerts.
The whole show kicked off at 10.00pm. The final concert was performed by Luis Miquel. He commenced at 1.00am. You need to understand ho big Luis Miquel is in the Latin world. He is huge. This is the main reason why Fernanda wanted to go th Chile in the first place, was to see him. It has been one of her dreams.
We had amazingly good seats right in the middle and 17 rows back from the stage. Probably 80%of the crowd were girls and women and they did not stop screaming for the whole show. My ears are still ringing today.
The show finally finished at after 3.00 am. Then there was the crush to get it of the stadium, we finally got out and then drove the more that 100km back to Santiago where we finally arrived at 5.45.
Needless to say we went straight to sleep.

Today we will take a well earned rest day as we have not stopped since we arrived last Saturday.
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Deano on

A real man would have partied on after the concert!

Geoff Counsel on

Man, you are the man. Enjoying the updates. Cats have just beaten Sydney in NAB cup. Sydney pumped the Staints

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