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day 16


We arrived in Chile around 6am yesterday morning. The bus ride was great - lots of leg room, food and drinks, well heated (we were bundled up in preparation for passing through the snow capped Andes). We've been taking red eye buses to not waste a day/avoid paying for a night at a hostel but this would have been a cool one to do during the day so we could have really seen the mountains. They looked crazy in the dark. The stars were so pretty too, only time I've ever seen, a better night sky was in Namibia literally in the middle of nowhere.

It was a relatively short bus ride.... left at 11 got there at 6, and that included like an hour stop at the border which was pretty smooth. It was freezinggg when we got off the bus. We grabbed a taxi and took it to stars friend Joel's house. We passed out in the living room, but switched to Joel's bed when he left for work a few hours later, it fit the four of us perfectly.

Got up around noon then went with joels roomies pau and mauricio to get groceries from this open market vendor place similar to our farmer markets (but apparently they have farmers markets twice a week also). Wish I had brought my camera (not that would be able to post the pics anyways). Maddy was stoked to finally be around some vegetables, I spent most of the time trying to make sense of the exchange rate.

Came back to Joel's to chill and make some food. It was a pretty lazy day but it was nice to relax and be with locals again, Joel and his roomies aare all really nice. We didn't get everything we needed from the market so we needed to make a mission to the supermarket. There were only two bikes so maddy and I ended up going. Confidence levels of success were not high.... especially considering I could barely get on my bike because it was too tall. We were literally given two directions, and we couldn't find the first street so we started asking people within five minutes. Progress was sketchy as the directions we were given appeared to be the exact oppsite of those we were originally given, but after maddy gave me a tutorial on how to ride a bike that was too big for you, and we found the bike path.things were looking up. We finally got there, grabbed what we needed and headed back. The whole thing took us a while but we made it back successfully to a nearly ready dinner. We chowed down on some salad and pasta with a delicious sauce made by mauricio. There were 9 or 10 of us surrounding this little table, it was a good meal. Stomach full, heart happy.

Hung out for a while longer then made our way to this club to meet jona and javis friend Leo and his girlfriend Chelsea. We didn't stay for too long, it was pretty small and dark and we weren't really feeling it.

Trying to figure out a plan now... gonna check out a craft market and museum today, do something scenic tomorrow, maybe do the canjon del maipu or save it for friday. We're thinking about heading south and also towards the coast to.get to the beaches. Other than that its all up in the air, still debating whether we are goingbto make it to Bolivia, if we do it will be about 2 weeks in each country, if not it will be about 3 in each.

Chile is really pretty, seems similar to California geographically... cities beaches mountains. Santiago is a really nice city, lots of open community space, beautiful weather.

Posted by alexascamp 08:32 Archived in Chile

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Great blog! After asking you 23 times whether you want a contact in Santiago from my friend here, I assume the answer is no! Sounds like a good intro to Chile, and sounds like you are sensibly planning the rest of the trip. How is the Spanish coming on??

Giants won their last reg season game just now, over Arizona behind our hero Zito, 48-33 at home in the end, 10 games clear of LA, Pence homer, all looking good. Looks like Cain Bum and Zito the 3 starters for the best-of-5 first round with Timmy and Vogy in the pen. But 6 final road games first.

Laura doing well with Samuel. Your blogs are excellent. Once in a while you write a phrase which makes me feel very good, and one such phrase this blog could maybe be a life philosophy.....it was "stomach full,heart happy". Never a bad situation to be in, eh? We both miss you hugely, but immensely proud of you. Keep smiling and love you.

by Phil Garratt

Not exactly Kruk and Kuip, but an honest attempt to update you. Beat SD 7-5, after trailing 5-3 in the 8th, the damage done by Nady (new LF guy, looks good) and Pence. Win #93 for the season. Buster and Pence both have 100+ RBIs. Timmy pitched well. 3 in LA then playoffs. Much speculation as to the roster for the playoffs, I will send it to you asap and you can critique it.

Watched a lot of golf today, Ryder Cup, Europe came back from impossible position after 2 days to win over America, sooooooooo proud to be an European!!!

Monday tomorrow. Does Monday follow Sunday there? Love you, miss you. xx

by phil garratt

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