iquique to pica to arica
well last year i spent my birthday in Africa, this year I spent it in Arica. Interesting huh?
There wasn´t much to do in Iquique, the guys we met from the bonfire recommended going to pica where there were hot springs. Lets just say I don´t know why they recommended it....................... we literally got there at like 10pm, set up camp, walked downtown to find a phone to call Joel and Pau, got some food on the way back, then passed out. Woke up the next morning and chilled for a bit. This woman from the camp over (whose husband was snoring like. I don´t know what he was snoring like I literally just sat here for a minute trying to think of a metaphor but I couldn´t. He was snoring reallllllly loud, like almost as loud as you dad) came over because Mich was making a bracelet and she asked if we were selling them. She ended up manipulating her way into getting a bracelet for free, telling STar that if she gave it to her we would have good luck fo rthe rest of the trip. Very sneaky.
We showered, walked into town for itnernet, bought a bus ticket for Arica, ate, then left. Really eventful tri pto Pica, great decision to go. We were planning on going to the hot springs, but we saw a picture and it looked like a resort so we decided against going (didnt want a repeat of the last unsuccessful trip to a hot spring).
Got to Arica aroundddd 9 or 10pm? The bus ride was pretty crazy, it was the curviest one we´´ve ever had and by far the craziest driver, he was whipping around those corners. Seeing all the crosses signifying people who had died along the road wasnt very comforting, but we all made it in one piece. Took a taxi to the beach, Star and Maddy styed to set up camp and Mich and I went to get food and drinks for the night.
It might have been the piscoat, but we´re getting better at camping. Haha I almost wrote scamping. Except for when maddy woke up at five in the morning, couldnt open the tent, and thought she was suffocating hahahaaaaaaaa
Next morning we were pretty far out from downtown so we were wondering how to find a taxi back but luck found us - we got a ride from a police man. Police in calama suck, police in Arica are chill.
Found a hostel, we said that if we were gonna stay in a hostel we were gonna do it right and kinda splurge but we definitely didnt. The hostel we ended up staying was only 4000 which is 8 bucks. The owners were really nice though, let us use his comp and we met a girl staying there that we ended up going to the beach with/her boy drove us which worked out well. Water was really nice, but once again that might be the piscoat talking.
Went back to the hostel for a little then went with homegirl and boy to a massive statute of jesus on a hill to watch sunset which was really pretty. Spent a while there, met 2 other dudes who were there. Right as Star and I went to talk to them they started playing Warriors which is literally my song obsession right now so I was stoked. I made them play it at least 3 more times.
We met up with Tyler later who we met in Santiago and a girl from Ireland he was working with. Rest of the night was fun, apparently.
Havent done much today, had chinese for lunch, it was delicious but i think I ate twice my weight in chicken vegetables and rice. Literally couldnt stop eating. Maddy and I met some homies outside the restaurant who showed us some california love. And now we are sitting in an internet cafe because we couldnt decide whether to stay and go to the beach or leave and go to Peru. Not sure how going to computerswill solve anything considering we are going to have to face the decision again after this. Oh well. Sorry this was a really uninteresting post, I mostly just wrote it because I have nothing else to do.
22 is old.. I feel old