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Antofagasta

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16 travelers at this place:

  • Day28

    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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  • Day11

    So Chile,,.

    June 19 in Chile

    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.

  • Day27

    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

  • Day13

    Escuela...con PenPals...

    June 21 in Chile

    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

  • Day26

    Al correo

    July 4 in Chile

    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

  • Day21

    Debate...PenPals

    June 29 in Chile

    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!

  • Day8

    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

    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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  • Day146

    Anything in Antofagasta?

    December 22, 2017 in Chile

    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

    For video footage, see:
    https://youtu.be/eUCk2-s5VpM
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  • Day131

    Antofagasta, Chile

    October 9, 2017 in Chile

    06. - 09. Oktober 2017

    Antofagasta ist lediglich unsere Zwischenstation auf dem Weg nach Mexiko(!). Wir haben unsere ursprünglichen Pläne mit Peru/Ecuador/Kolumbien über Bord geworfen (zumindest für den Moment), da dort nun 1. die Regenzeit beginnt und wir 2. endlich mal richtig warmes Wetter, und zwar auch abends, wollen. Klage auf hohem Niveau, die aber sofortiges Umsetzen verlangt;). Morgen früh um 6:30 Uhr geht unser Flug nach Mexiko City. Wir freuen uns riesig auf Sonne, Meer und Surfen.

    Antofagasta selbst liegt zwar auch am Meer, hat aber sonst nicht viel zu bieten. Immerhin haben wir von unserem Airbnb eine schöne Aussicht, und die Terrasse im 29. Stock dieses Gebäudes bietet sich super für Apéro an.

    Nun heisst es aber erst Mal "hasta luego" Südamerika und "hola" Zentralamerika...
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