And looking forward to it! Thank you so much to each and every person who made it possible for me to disappear for weeks and weeks – I appreciate what you’ve done for me! See you all soon!
Apparently there is a phenomenon called “Free Walking Tours” down south. They are, of course, not free, the expected tip is anywhere from 10-20$CAD. Anyhow, I don’t bring that up for any particular reason, certainly that can be an expected tip after a tour which you paid for, in Canada. … More Day Thirty-Nine – Free Walking Tour of Valparaiso
I arrived in Valparaiso with only a small scare: I looked at my clock, [in Viña del Mar, it turns out], and it advised me the time was twenty minutes AFTER I was supposed to arrive at my destination. Usually this means I have some back tracking to do, however in this instance it meant … More Day Thirty-Eight – Goooood Morning Valparaiso!
The day wasn’t all that hard to spend, it turns out. I had an extremely slow, and leisurely morning, followed by an equally slow and leisurely day. I spent the vast majority of the day on a park bench in the central plaza of Copiapo, reading one of my favourite books, Maia by Richard Adams. … More Day Thirty-Seven – On Hold for a Day
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’