Monthly Archives: June 2013

Day 365 – The End.

Sorry for all those folks that read this, but we’ve been less than good at keeping this up to pace. We’ll try to keep the posts coming!

We went back home a couple days ago, and started unpacking and furnishing up our new place again getting ready to start our previous lives…. it’s as if we hit the PAUSE button a year ago, and RESUME. Nothing’s changed much around us, but for the most part we ourselves have changed and the transition won’t be as easy as it seems.

365 days went by in a blur.
And we wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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Day 299: Santiago – Chile – April 12th

Hopping onto a morning bus, it was delayed about 40mins, showing signs of things to come. The drive to the Chilean border from Mendoza was about 3hrs, and about 2hrs into the drive as we were in the middle of nowhere up the Andes, our bus broke down…. Luckily, we stocked up on food for any contingencies, and we only had to wait about 1hr next to a run down set of train tracks in the middle of nowhere up the Andes.

Chatting up with fellow passengers, we met a Brazilian couple, two travelers from Portugal and India respectively, and some Australians that look like they’re here to try out for a rugby team, with their jerseys and slacks, and going everywhere with a rugby ball (?) as we waited. Luckily, another bus from the same company stopped by about an hour or so, and it was good as this bus was an upgrade from our bus. Leather seats, yea!

At the border, we waited about 2hrs to go through Chilean customs. As mentioned before, these guys are serious when it comes with protecting their border, and the main reason it takes so long is because EVERYONE has to take their luggage to get scanned while they inspect the bus for anything suspicious. Thorough, but annoying for normal people like us. Snacking on an empanada, it felt like a LONG time as we waited for buses ahead of us go through customs. We were happy to get back on our way to Santiago.

As we neared the bus station in the centre of Santiago, the streets got narrower and traffic got more serious. Stuck in a tiny alley barely able to fit two cars let alone tour buses, we were stuck in traffic once again until we FINALLY got off the bus, into the bus station and a bit clueless of where we needed to go. The bus station was crowded and rowdy, but the Brazilians were nice enough to pass along a map they had so at least we can figure out where we were. Disoriented and quite hungry, we did the most logical thing, follow the flow. Eventually, we made it to a subway station, and figured out how to get to our hostel. The subway in Santiago is EXTREMELY efficient, clean, organized and beautifully decorated with wall murals. Makes the BA metro system look like a dump….

Our hostel was located about a 15min walk from the subway, but was very cozy and we were lucky enough to get a massive room all to ourselves as nobody else was there. We stopped nearby at a sushi restaurant for dinner. For some strange reason, Santiago has a ridiculous abundance of sushi restaurants!! The sushi was alright, the ramen probably worst than instant noodles, and the rolls had a lot of cheese in it…. hehe, interesting experience.

Not sure what to expect in Santiago, but we’ll do more exploring tomorrow!

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Day 298: Mendoza – Argentina – April 11th

Breakfast was early, as the nice old granny served us coffee and bread. We aren’t sure how to describe what this bread tastes like, but it seems very popular all across the Andes…but they don’t taste very good.

Hopping onto a bus back to Mendoza, we checked into our hostel again. We were uncertain about our day’s plans as we wanted to go to a place called Uspallata, located between Mendoza and Santiago, but transportation seems like an issue. Aconcagua National Park is nearby, but getting there for a hike seems like a bit troublesome. We ditched our plans and bought a bus ticket for next morning to Santiago de Chile, as there wasn’t much interest in both of us to travel around here.

Back at our hostel, we bumped into the gay Columbian couple, sharing our stories of the wine tour with them. Then, we received an email from the couple we met yesterday, asking if we wanted to join them for a wine tour tomorrow as they want to rent a car and book private tours. They speak Spanish, and they’ll be driving, so we thought why not! Turns out, we couldn’t really change our bus ticket without paying an excessive amount, so we ditched the idea, and the best part was they ditched us as well. We headed over to their hostel, and the workers say they left to the wine region with their own car already! We left a note, sent an email saying we can’t join, and never heard from them again. Jerks.

We had a whole afternoon to relax in the nice yard, opened up a bottle of wine and had a nice afternoon chatting with the Columbians. They have a really funny story for why they’re here, as they’re on a forced vacation as their work visa has expired and they’re waiting for a new one. They are both bartenders at a popular Chilean nightclub, making decent money for the weekends while the older guy taught sushi making or for parties. The younger guy sells clothes and stuff online. They were extremely funny, asking to take pictures with us! Turns out, the young guy sells a lot of stuff from China, but has no idea where to get a better source. The best was when he asked if we knew how to buy “fuyongbao”, and we were thinking it might be some sort of medicine….turns out it was medicine alright, but more Viagra than Tylenol….. It was popular in Columbia they say…. Alright.

For the evening, we were going to get the older guy to cook us something, and he happily obliged, but problem was they got a call saying they can get a job in Buenos Aires, and they should get there now! So they booked the next bus out before dinner time, and our dinner party was cancelled. We headed over to Carrefour to buy some more groceries, and with two nice sirloins and some veggies, we came out paying only $1.50USD!! Thanks to some coupons we had shopping before at Carrefour, our steak dinner costed $1.5USD hahaha!

We popped the pricey bottle we bought at Tempus to go with our sirloin, but somehow the wine was totally uninteresting and not very good….. tasted nothing like what we had yesterday! We felt gypped…. but nothing drinking the bottle of wine can’t solve.

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