15.01.2009 26 °C
On the bus towards Tacna we met an American couple, Rodrigo and Laura, who are currently teaching English in Santiago. We soon got chatting with them about our experiences in Peru and Bolivia (where they had also been). We also talked about California and the United States (adriana now wants the next trip to go down the East coast of Canada and North America). when we finally reached Tacna, we crossed the boarder with them into Chile to the town of Arica. Once there we booked our next bus (a 30 hour journey to Santiago which left the next morning). Until then we were taken to a hostel with Rodrigo and Laura where we spent the rest of the day checking out the beach that was nearby andeating in a local restaurant.
Arica was a spectacular stop because after almost 2 months without being by the sea, you could go take a dip in the Pacific Ocean with the Atacama desert as a backdrop!! we had finally crossed all the way across South America!!!!!
The next morning we started our 30 hour journey to Santiago. Not a bad trip in the sense that we chose the best class where the seats are go all the way down, with a tv screen right in front of us. It felt like a hotel on wheels..bliss!!!
We arrived in the morning in Santiago so Rodrigo and Laura guided us around the very clean subway system to a hotel we could stay in near where they lived and the centre. As we were going to be here for my Birthday, we decided to splash out on a nice hotel with a Jucuzzi!!!
That afternoon we left Rodrigo and Laura to explore the city by ourselves.
That night we met up with the the American couple and they took us on a little tour of the area around where we were staying, stopping briefly to show us a house that was used to torture and kill people during the Pinochet era in Chile. The house is closed but has many graffiti lining its walls saying things like: "Here is Torture" and "never again"among others. The rest of the night we did a little bar crawl trying out the Chilean beer!
The next day we went with the Americans a mall on the outskirts of Santiago. As it was my birthday we had lunch in a nice restaurant (Tony Romas) then went shopping. However it was Adriana that ended up getting a top for our next trip down to Patagonia. That night we left the Americans to go out for a few cocktails and some snacks in a nice restaurant. Adriana had one too many Caipirinhs so we went back to the hotel to get a good night sleep!!
The next day we had time to have a nice breakfast and a walk around the city before our bus, however we found out that when we were walking someone had managed to open one of the pockets on our bag and steal Adrianas phone....we quickly cancelled it but it wasnt what we needed right before the next leg of our trip down into Patagonia!!
Later that day we took another bus this time 12 hours to Puerto Montt ...