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First the cars all # muscle but little style my eyes wide open because thay were SO OP/OVER POWERED!!! All Mustang Dodges and Chevrolet all the cool/amazing/awsome cars that I would have for RAMMING people that are really slow. After that we went to see some astonishing grafitti which therewas 1000,000s of on each street. On one the srteets there was a guy doing some and he kindly let me do some. A few days after that we met 2 sufers and went to the beach with them thay caughtsome amazing waves then I desided to go in which I regret now because I fell in): So me and mum built a castle.
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We have crossed over the Andes… into Chile… and we are loving it here. The people are super friendly and we have had lots of lovely experiences. Santiago was a real pleasure, much more easy going than Buenos Aries, we stayed right in the centre (Providencia) with some friends from a hostel in Mendoza and found the city really leafy, safe and easy to negotiate. The mountains are just behind the city, and we found some great parks and museums, another travelling family from France (a rarity) and some fab grafitti. Arhie was thrilled to be invited to contribute to some street art. We also stayed with our friend Felipe’s sisters for a couple of nights, which was very sweet and a real treat although Ana and her boyfriend were unwell.
From Santiago to Valparaiso for the famous ascenors (mini funiculars) which take you up into the steep hills behind the city centre. The brightly coloured houses and amazing grafitti/murals cling precipitously to the hillsides with vibrant markets and the port on the plain below. We encountered the Pacific for the first time, Archie took the plunge but it was too chilly even for him. In the harbour we met a sea lion on our boat ride, and suspect that he was getting commission in fish! Archie is really in his stride now, there has been so much in Chile to amuse him and he loves the overtly warm locals (and he has a little Spanish too!). He is also becoming much more social and chatting to other backpackers, a little person in his own right with his own stories, jokes and opinions. I feel very proud.
We are now in La Serena, enjoying the beach in ‘winter’ much to the amazement of our landlady who thinks that the weather is ‘mucho frio’. We will visit the Elqui Valley inland while we are here for a bit of pristine nature and star gazing before a big leap (16 hours) to San Pedro de Atacama for the salt flats and natural wonders. From there probably into Bolivia. The general idea is to choose our desinations carefully then spend up to a week in a particular area. We are on a bit of a schedule now as we have just booked flights from Lima to the Caribbean coast of Columbia for our last week. We both need heat, warm water and palm trees to rejuvenate before we come home. Even our warmer destinations will be cold at night due to altitude, so we will have the proper ‘holiday’ in Archie’s words.
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