I had a late, slow start to my day. Being vaguely ill takes the zip out of a person’s morning, let me tell you. I got on the road around 11h30, after securing myself a very disappointing bus ticket out of town for the next day. Disappointing because it was super expensive, (I paid … More Day Thirty-Six – Enjoying the Ocean and Coming to Grips with the Flowers
Bust. It turns out 😉 I think I’m coming down with a cold. As a result, keep interest expectations low, por favor. I got up early in order to be ready to leave at eight, as promised. At ten after eight, sitting in the reception area, I was handed a sheet of paper that advised … More Day Thirty-Five – Desierto Florida or Bust!
Have I mentioned how incredibly swanky the busses are, here in Chile? I rode from Caldera to Copiapo in style, and mounting anxiety. Not only had I committed to rent a car, abroad, in a country where I don’t speak the language and drivers are exceptionally creative; but I knew full well that … More Day Thirty-Four – Copiapo and a Car Rental: Roughly Hilarious
I arrived in Caldera at 05h50, in the dark, after a total of 37 minutes sleep throughout the night. Two other travellers disembarked at the same time as me, Roel and Delphi, from Belgium, late twenties energy and banking industry professionals respectively. They also had not prearranged accommodations in Caldera, and so we waited together … More Day Thirty-Three – Caldera y Bahia Inglesia
23h10: My eyes slowly drifted up from my book, to look tiredly out the window. I saw a carpet of twinkling orange lights, dotted by modern high rise apartment buildings. As the bus came to a stop, I focused on a Shell gas station, and a building with lit signs, “Carwash” and “Food Stop”, on … More Day Thirty-Two – Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
Not much happened today, travel wise. Plans were made for the next few days, and tickets bought; but otherwise nothing was accomplished. Apparently there was an earthquake. I heard a loud rattling of the door I was opening, but felt nothing. When the first person asked me, “Was that an earthquake?!”, I assumed they were … More Day Thirty-One – Regrouping
An early start, 08h00, let us bike around for four or five hours in fresh cool breezes under a friendly sun. We chose to head north in the morning, biking past Quitor to Catarpa and then stopping at the Garganta del Diablo on the way back. Admittedly this could be done as a loop, but … More Day Thirty – Quitor, Iglesia de Catarpa, Garganta del Diablo y an attempt at Aldea de Tulor
It was an interesting day. The morning was glorious. I got up when I felt like it, [8AM it turns out], took my iPad outside and sat partially in the sun, managed to ignore the impressive racket produced by the patio parrot, [photo to come tomorrow perhaps], and got almost caught up on my computer … More Day Twenty-Nine – Bicycling in a Group
Today saw the end of my tour of Salar de Uyuni, and surrounding area; it also saw the end of my backwards tour of Bolivia. We made some beautiful stops in the last four hours of the tour, as follows: Random chance put Tom … More Day Twenty-Eight – Bye Bye Bolivia
Day Two of the Salar de Uyuni tour involved very little salt flat, and a very lot of salt lakes. Essentially we hopped from Laguna to Laguna, greedily snapping photos of flamingos while our guide importantly announced the name of the lake, and how long we were allowed to stay. … More Day Twenty-Seven – Laguna Loco!