Monday 10th May - Lima to Santiago de Chile

A busy morning and a short flight and we were in another time zone and another country. We found the hostel and a supermarket and made our own supper, then we slept in bunk beds, although Mikey said he'd swap if I fell out of the top one...
By Claire
Friday, 14th May 2004 00:09
Tuesday 11th May - Santiago de Chile

A day spent shopping and wandering and going to the cinema, and a very satisfying home-made supper.
By Claire
Friday, 14th May 2004 00:10
Wednesday 12th May - Santiago

A day of exploring the town, visiting the doctor and the Metro and wandering round. We're taking it easy now!
By Claire
Sunday, 16th May 2004 02:32
Thursday 13th May - Santiago

I picked up my photos, we made a picnic and sat in a great park for most of the day, enjoying the sunshine and the scenery. Then we cooked again and watched Kill Bill for the one hundredth time.
By Claire
Sunday, 16th May 2004 02:45
Friday 14th May - Santiago

Another warm, sunny, lazy day. We actually got to see the Andes again, and a sunset, and did very little. A quick trip back to the hospital for some more medicine turned into a four hour wait, but we're relaxing and taking everything easy, so we're in no hurry.
By Claire
Sunday, 16th May 2004 02:47
Saturday 15th May

Same as all the other ones. Still relaxing.
By Claire
Sunday, 16th May 2004 02:48
Sunday 16th May - Valparaiso

The shortest ever day-trip to a supposedly beautiful colonial town. We were back by lunchtime!
By Claire
Sunday, 16th May 2004 23:12
Bring on the Chile jokes!

We haven't gone over-the-top with temperature related jokes yet. We also haven't left Santiago yet either. Well, we will tomorrow at least.
By Mikey
Sunday, 16th May 2004 23:29
Monday 17th May - Santiago to Punta Arenas

The flight to the very bottom of Chile was fine, with an occasional spectacular view of mountains and glaciers. Punta Arenas was very cold and foggy. We found a hotel, worked out the central heating and then went out for supper.
By Claire
Thursday, 20th May 2004 19:18
Tuesday 18th May - Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is not a pretty place and it's virtually closed from March until October. Very few tours are operating, there's nothing going on. We had lunch and a walk, I found the beach and then it was dark again.
By Claire
Thursday, 20th May 2004 19:24
Wednesday 19th May - Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales

A beach walk, lovely bus ride, internet, hungry dog, supper and sleep.
By Claire
Thursday, 20th May 2004 19:25

We're almost as far south as you can get in the world without getting wet or frozen. Brrrrrrrr!
By Mikey
Thursday, 20th May 2004 19:28

It's still cold, but at least we had some sun today in Puerto Natales.
By Mikey
Thursday, 20th May 2004 19:29
Thursday 20th May - Puerto Natales

Saw a giant plastic sloth in a cave today, which was actually more interesting than it sounded, and got some more photos done. Remembered to save some steak for our dog, which was very gratefully received.
By Claire
Sunday, 23rd May 2004 20:51
Friday 21st May - Torres del Paine National Park

We saw the giant plastic sloth again and lots of fog and cloud. When it eventually lifted, there were icebergs and glaciers and mountains and very pretty views.
By Claire
Sunday, 23rd May 2004 20:56
Sunday 23rd May - Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers

A boat trip along the fjords and two glaciers. Even a bit of sunshine today, and snow. Cold but nice.
By Claire
Sunday, 23rd May 2004 21:02
Torres del Paine and other short stories

Mountains, cloud, dogs, cloud, steak and cloud. There's a lot of cloud here.
By Mikey
Sunday, 23rd May 2004 21:05
Monday 24th May - Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales

A bright, very windy day in Puerto Natales and a bus ride to Punta Arenas. We changed our flight plans, found a hostel and food and went to sleep.
By Claire
Wednesday, 26th May 2004 01:06
Tuesday 25th May - Balmaceda

Balmaceda. It's cold. We spent six long, long hours here. Never again.
By Claire
Wednesday, 26th May 2004 01:18
Are you local?

Imagine a scary place. Not guns, murder and drugs scary. But Royston Vasey scary. That's where we are now.
By Mikey
Wednesday, 26th May 2004 01:20
Wednesday 26th May - Santiago

Safely back in Santiago. Nice to be here again! Did a funicular railway and a cable car and bought lots of useful things.
By Claire
Saturday, 29th May 2004 04:06
Thursday 27th May - Santiago

Second-hand books and a bad film. Lost at cards again too.
By Claire
Saturday, 29th May 2004 04:09
Friday 28th May - Santiago

We went to the zoo today and saw loads of animals, including something called a mara, which I didn't like.
By Claire
Saturday, 29th May 2004 04:10
Santiago Stuff

Relaxing in Santiago and a bit of a party. This is the life.
By Mikey
Sunday, 30th May 2004 01:56
Saturday 29th May - Santiago

A relaxing day wandering through the town, a museum, lots of cake and wine and a nice supper.
By Claire
Wednesday, 2nd June 2004 21:29