Chile
Antofagasta

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22 travelers at this place:

  • Day63

    Antofagasta

    February 12 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We vertrekken naar Antofagasta, de op 2 na grootste stad van Chili. We passeren grote, stofferige industrieterreinen alvorens de havenstad binnen te rijden. Men teert hier vooral op de export van koper dat gewonnen wordt in de mijnen in de buurt.

    Een taxi brengt ons naar het Check In Hotel waar we 4 nachten zullen blijven. Ondertussen kunnen we een nieuw paspoort aanvragen voor Vé. Hopelijk komen onze nieuwe bankkaarten hier ook binnenkort toe uit België, zodat we onze reis kunnen verder zetten. Heel aantrekkelijk is de stad namelijk niet voor toeristen.

    We laten pasfoto’s maken van Vé en trekken dan naar het Belgische consulaat. Een oude grijze man verwelkomt ons van achter zijn antieke bureau. Maurice is half Chileens en half Frans, en de Belgische consul van dienst. Hij ziet er niet echt het type uit dat veel met computers werkt, maar tien minuten later heeft hij toch al de online registratie voor het document afgerond. Dan schrijft hij de gegevens manueel op het paspoort. Nu enkel nog plastificeren. Na wat gepruts laat hij Vé het plastiekje lospeuteren en over de geschreven pagina kleven.

    Terwijl hij nog wat papieren afdrukt, bewonderen we het paspoort. Maar dan zien we dat Vé haar geboortedatum niet ingevuld is. “Dat kan wellicht niet zoveel kwaad, maar voor de zekerheid zullen we die toch maar invullen”, zegt Maurice. Helaas krijgen we het plastiekje niet meer los en dus moeten we de procedure opnieuw doorlopen en een nieuw paspoort maken.

    Hij schrijft alles over en laat ons nog eens controleren. Deze keer merken we op dat er nog geen foto in het document kleeft… gelukkig vóór dat we het weer plastificeren. Maurice haalt zijn Pritt-stift nog eens boven en dan kunnen we voort.

    Het is een beetje puzzelen om rond te komen met ons geld. We zijn ondertussen een week na de diefstal en onze nieuwe bankkaarten zijn nog niet onderweg. Ze lopen zelfs nog wat extra vertraging op omdat er woensdag een nationale staking is en de post mee staakt. De donderdag dan? Helaas, de postbode in Eke is ziek waardoor er opnieuw geen bedeling is. Op vrijdag raken de kaarten eindelijk bij mijn ouders die ze naar onze bank in Wetteren brengen. Van daaruit worden ze dan opgestuurd naar het hoofdkantoor in Brussel, en dan met DHL naar Chili.

    Door de drukkende hitte in Antofagasta brengen we het grootste deel van onze tijd door op onze hotelkamer. Goed om wat uit te rusten. En zo kunnen we ook weer bijbenen met onze blog. Daarnaast proberen we het vervolg van onze reis te plannen. Een geluk bij een ongeluk: door hier een tijd in Antofagasta vast te zitten, zijn de problemen in San Pedro de Atacama opgelost geraakt. Daar was door hevige regenval de weg onderbroken. Verschillende huizen en hotels stonden blank en alle toeristische tours werden een tijd lang geschrapt. Ondertussen is alles weer redelijk normaal en er wordt geen zware regenval meer voorspeld.

    Na 11 dagen in Antofagasta hebben we onze bankkaarten in handen en kunnen we de bus op richting San Pedro.

    Nog enkele bewegende beelden van de natuurpracht in Pan de Azúcar: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WS8ckk4AsG3yBgFX8
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  • Day28

    Richtung Norden - Antofagasta

    April 6, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    So langsam wird uns klar - eine Nebelwüste unterscheidet sich deutlich von der richtigen Wüste! Heute fuhren wir zuerst etwas weg vom Meer und dann wuchs da während 2 Stunden Autofahrt kein einziger Grashalm mehr am Strassenrand. Vorbei am riesigen Observatorium alles Richtung Stadt Antofagasta. Der Sternenhimmel ist unglaublich - leider lässt er sich mit unseren Natels ohne Stativ nicht so wirklich festhalten.
    ☆Highlight des Tages: Fajitas mit Sicht aufs Meer.
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  • Day27

    Escuela Municipal y Almuerzo del Mercado

    July 5, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    I had the opportunity to visit another school and meet more PenPals. We have big plans for this upcoming year! Afterwards, I went to the market, which has tons of little stalls of restaurants tucked between butcher booths and of course has the best food. Despite the 'hawkers' pitching their eateries, I went to the Sudena on a recommendation. The little stalls are crowded and small with extremely limited seating. Another woman was by herself, and we decided to share a table. Her family is from the south and thiis was "Home cookin'" for her. Guess which plate is mine. :) Souper (jaja) tasty. (Muy rico).Read more

  • Day11

    So Chile,,.

    June 19, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    So I was invited to a meeting toda y with a government group. I arrived late because the colectivo driver thought i said women's prison- anyway. I arrived to the correcta address- it was my old school!!! I got cake.

  • Day26

    Al correo

    July 4, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    So went to the post office (el correo) and wow... Never complain about waiting. So when I lived here before I would wait in the velvet-rope line for 15-25 minutes (Once was no wait, once was 45 minutes). This time an hour and 43 minutes!! But, it is more customer-friendly. You take a number and go run errands. I took a number, walked to a airline agency, ordered a plane ticket, walked back through the plaza, talked to a nun, returned to the correo and saw the numbers had progressed 23 since I had left. I went to the biblioteca which was BEAUTIFUL. Looked at art then went back to the correos. I waited, chatted with the guard who was an Uber driver teaching himself English. A Colombian thought I was Chilean and asked me post-office protocol. I explained it and we chatted. In the background there were movie previews on a small TV looping for people to watch while they waited... You know...Chile. :)Read more

  • Day13

    Escuela...con PenPals...

    June 21, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    So today I got to meet some of our PenPals-the ones who sent us dulces. I brought videos and more letters for them. They were VERY excited. So...school works differently in Chile. The students stay together in the same room all day. The teachers change classes. The School of Santa Sara was just a high school. It was very interesting. There are 5 blocks (90 minutes each) and a 1 hour lunch break. At lunch the teachers watched the Croatia and Argentina game. School was out at 5:30! I am exhausted!!Read more

  • Day21

    Debate...PenPals

    June 29, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Here's a photo of our PenPals at their English Opens Doors competition. It's a debate- in English on the topic: Women working outside of the home has negatively impacted the family dynamic. Schools were assigned a position. 3 points from finals out of 100. Well done!

  • Day146

    Anything in Antofagasta?

    December 22, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After three nights in Valparaiso, we returned to Santiago for one more night, before heading to the north of Chile to a small city called Antofagasta. Our flight to Antofagasta left at 6:50am, which meant checking out of the the hotel by 5:30am at the latest. We ordered an Über and unbeknownst to us the request had been cancelled by the driver. We waited almost 15 minutes before we decided to jump into a cab, which was fortunately waiting outside our hotel. We knew that this would be a much more expensive mode of transport but we had no other option if we wanted to make our flight.

    Our hotel was about 25 minutes from the airport and as we drove along the tension and stress increased. We started to stress about missing our flight and also the cost of the journey, as the metre seemed to be going up in leaps and bounds. While the journey cost more than what we had expected, it was fortunately not as bad as Jason's prediction. But the cost was only the start of our problems. When Jason handed the driver the money for the fare, the driver refused to accept the money saying “falso, malo” (fake, bad). How did we end up with counterfeit money? We mostly use credit or debit cards for most purchases and any cash is retrieved from an ATM. We've racked our brains and can't recall where we may have been given it. At first, we thought the taxi driver may have just been saying it but it was confirmed when Jason tried to buy lunch at the bus terminal in Antofagasta.

    As we approached the check-in counter on Santiago, we realised that the line was almost out of the entrance of the airport. If we were going to make the flight, we needed a way to bypass the queue. The special assistance line was only two people deep. Jason still sporting his sore ankle said “do you need me to limp more?” When we got to the front of the line, we called one of the airline employees over to us and at first she said that we needed to go to the end of the line. With a bit of charm, we persuaded her that we would miss our flight if we had to go to the end of the line and she allowed us to jump the queue. Phew! We just made it in time to board our flight.

    After an hour-and-three-quarter flight, we arrived in Antofagasta with a few hours to explore the town. We quickly realised that there wasn't much to do in the city. Most of the city is dedicated to mining, although in recent times it has seen more growth in the city, especially retail and hotel development. The shore, contrasting with the desert-like mountains in the foreground, is worthy of a picture and a quick stroll. But other than the shoreline, the city was full of construction. Maybe in a few years the city will be more of an attraction for tourists.

    Next stop: San Pedro de Atacama
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  • Day8

    Departamento y vida cotidiana

    June 16, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Here's the view from the balcony. I'm on the 12th floor. The little mountains are called Cerros. The buildings are farther up on the Cerros than when I lived here before. Antofagasta has grown so much! Ha crecido mucho. I am also including photos of plata (the little green one is call a Luca- vale un mil pesos- about $1.70 today a little less after paying exchange fees). Here are enchufes and a light switch. Here's a super-short panorama video: https://youtu.be/hd6o0wuJLfcRead more

  • Day28

    Libreria...but en realidad, papeleria

    July 6, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    This is a paper-good store... you can see all of the items behind the counter. You have to ask the staff to serve you. They add everything up, give you a ticket, you go to the little booth in the back to 'cancelar' your ticket and a third person packages everything for you. However, because Chile is pushing against plastic bags, the third person is becoming obsolete as people bring their own bags.
    This is one of my favorite places on the planet... I love Libreria Brasil. :) It is colorful, I love the lighting, and it smells like new crayons and school supplies.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Antofagasta, ኣንቶፋጋስታ, أنتوفاغاستا, ܐܢܛܘܦܐܓܐܣܛܐ, انتوفاجاستا, Антафагаста, Антофагаста, ཨན་ཏོ་ཕ་ག་སི་ཏ, অন্তফাগস্টা, Αντοφαγάστα, آنتوفاگاستا, אנטופגסטה, एंटोफ़गास्टा, ANF, アントファガスタ, ანტოფაგასტა, 안토파가스타, अंतोफागास्ता, انتوفاکوستا, Antuofagasta, อันโตฟากัสตา, انتوفاگاستا, Antofagast, אנטאפאגאסטא, 安托法加斯塔

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