Leaving the South American mainland
Jul 27, 2004
Dec 13, 2006
After crossing the Andes we returned to Santiago where we had stopped briefly as we travelled South in March. We stayed in the dormitory at Casa Roja which is the biggest and most popular hostel, converted from a 19th Century mansion. We had hoped to sell our snowboards here but there wasn't much interest so we posted them to my sisters in America instead (only 35pounds/US$65 and better than carrying them any further...). Santiago is quite a modern city and surrounded by snow-capped mountains although they are sometimes just a hazy view because of smog. We had a quiet few days here with just a couple of meals out and one big night out until 0430am. In the centre we also tried out a Santiago tradition called 'cafe con piernas' which translates as 'coffee with legs'. These are special coffee shops where the pretty Chilean waitresses don't wear many clothes, and the coffee is quite good too.. Tomorrow we leave the South American mainland and fly west to Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on earth and the next stop on our trip.