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  • Day59

    Valparaíso

    November 2 in Chile

    Den vorerst letzten Tag in Santiago verbrachten wir sehr entspannt - so viel Feierei waren wir nicht mehr gewöhnt. Netterweise kochten uns unsere Gasteltern Mittagessen, was nicht selbstverständlich beim Couchsurfing ist... Wir genossen es einfach mal einen ganzen Tag in einer Wohnung zu entspannen. Leider konnten wir Javier am nächsten Morgen nicht mal richtig Tschüss sagen, da er war beim Training war. Aber das sollten wir noch ändern. Erstmal ging es nach Valparaiso ans Meer. Wir hatten einiges negatives über die 300000 Einwohner Stadt gehört, wurden aber positiv überrascht. All die bunten Häuser am Berg gefielen uns sehr sehr gut, der Aufstieg zu unserer Wohnung jedoch weniger. Der Taxifahrer ließ uns an der Kreuzung raus und wir mussten noch 200m bei gefühlt 60 Grad Steigung einen der 15 Hügel erklimmen. Unser Host war wieder super lieb gleich von Anfang an. Sebastian ist 29 und DJ. Ihm gehört eine große Wohnung mit 4 großen und 2 kleinen Schlafzimmern. 3 der 4 Schlafzimmer vermietet er an Leute, die ein Auslandssemester in Valpo machen oder ähnliches. Wir bekamen die zwei kleine Zimmer, in denen wirklich nur ein Bett stand, aber das reicht uns ja. Da wir erst abends ankamen stand nur noch ein Gang zum Supermarkt auf dem Plan und eine Linsensuppe kochen. Schön deutsch.
    Am nächsten Morgen nahmen wir den Bus nach Viña del Mar-der angrenzenden Nachbarstadt, die viel moderner schien als Valpo. Es stellte sich heraus, dass Viña del Mar die Urlaubsstadt für die Einheimischen Touristen ist und einen schönen Strand und viele nette Bars und Restaurants hat - mehr aber auch nicht. Da kein perfektes Strandwetter war, hatten wir schnell alles gesehen, was man sehen musste und verbrachten den restlichen Tag in Valparaiso. Abends ladt uns Sebastian noch ein mit seinen Kumpels vom Fußball Pizza essen zu gehen. Er hat allerdings nicht erwähnt, dass wir davor noch 2 Stunden Fußball gucken gehen, sodass es 0.30 Uhr war als wir das Restaurant betraten. Die Pizza war super -bei weitem besser als die Argentinische ! In Bett waren wir dann gegen 2 Uhr fast genug Schlaf um 8.30 Uhr für die free Walking Tour aufzustehen... Aber es lohnt sich mal wieder, mit der gleichen Organisation wie schon in Santiago wanderten wir 3,5 Stunden die Hügel auf und runter und entdeckten wirklich schöne Graffiti, Häuser die von UNESCO zum Weltkulturerbe erklärt worden und schöne Ausblicke aufs Meer. Unser Guides hieß Jorge und bat uns sogar an nach der Tour noch mit ihm den geheimen 2. Teil zu erkunden- das Angebot konnten wir natürlich nicht abschlagen und liefen weitere 4 Stunden durch die Stadt. Zwischendurch nahmen wir auch mal die Funincular oder den Bus. Valparaiso hat wirklich sehr sehr abwechslungsreiche Ecken und es gibt so viel zu entdecken, sogar Seelöwen. Zum Abschluss des abends teilten wir uns eine ganze Pizza, da am Vorabend nur 1,5 Stücken für jeden über waren. Jetzt hieß es mal wieder fertig machen zum Feiern. Es war Halloween und unser Host schmiss eine Party in dem Restaurant, in dem wir am ersten Abend waren. Also kauften wir uns noch schwarze und weiße Farbe, um uns in Skelette zu verwandeln. Na ja ansatzweise... die Party war ganz in Ordnung, aber da wir den ganzen Tag auf den Beinen waren fielen mir irgendwann auf dem Techno floor die Augen im sitzen zu und wir hielten es nicht mehr aus zu warten, bis Sebastian aufgelegt hat - sorry.
    Er war schön, mal wieder das Meer zu sehen auch wenn wirklich keine Badetemperaturen waren bei 14 Grad Wassertemperatur und 20 Grad Außentemperatur. Aber dazu haben wir wohl noch oft genug die Gelegenheit in Neuseeland.
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  • Day3

    Valparaiso, Chile

    November 8 in Chile

    Premiers moments de voyage, première étape : Valparaiso au Chili, jolie ville au bord du Pacifique, aux collines recouvertes de maisons colorées. Certaines fresques murales sont de véritables œuvres d'art, et il fait bon s'y promener - à pied, car ça grimpe sec ; les cyclistes sont courageux !

    Heureux de pouvoir enfin se poser et souffler après ces semaines intenses en préparatifs. Curieux de découvrir ce que vont nous réserver ces 7 mois de périple : belles rencontres qui vont ponctuer et orienter notre chemin, paysages à contempler, galères à surmonter... On est au tout début de ce projet qu'on a en tête depuis si longtemps, tout est à écrire et c'est super excitant !Read more

  • Day117

    Na afscheid te hebben genomen van Michaela, Hank en Western Australia ben ik doorgevlogen naar Melbourne. Was niet echt van plan hier te stoppen, maar de stopover in mijn ticket kostte me maar 14 AUD meer, dus dacht waarom ook niet :-) 8 jaar geleden ben ik voornamelijk in St Kilda geweest dus besloten in CBD te verblijven dit keer.

    De avond voordat ik vloog dacht ik, laat ik eens kijken naar een hostel in Melbourne, maar kon niet echt iets vinden. In het vliegtuig (jaja, ik had wifi) verder gekeken, weer niks kunnen vinden. Dus op Melbourne aangekomen eerst maar eens allerlei hostel gebeld alles was vol. Omdertussen hoorde ik dat de man naast mij aan het tafeltje hetzelfde probleem had met de hotels... na 2,5u eindelijk een bed gevonden in ht centrum, bijna dubbel van wat ik normaal betaal, maar ik had wat gevonden. Toen ik het aangaf bij de man naast mij, dat ik een bed gevonden had en dat er nog steeds bedden vrij waren raakten we aan de praat. Hij besloot uiteindelijk om naar het centrum te blijven en toch maar op de bank bij familie te crashen, maar hij bood mij een lift aan. Erg fijn na 2,5uur zoeken. Zo werd ik dus voor de deur afgezet :-)

    Die avond Catherine weer ontmoet. Heb zo'n 10 jaar geleden met haar gewerkt in de Ierse kroeg in Zwolle en haar 8 jaar geleden weer ontmoet toen ik in Melbourne was. En nu contacte zij mij toevallig toen ik op het vliegveld in Perth was, dus gelijk 's avonds afgesproken. Super gezellig. Drankje gedaan en toen nog wat staan kletsen en besloten naar een bar te gaan met live muziek. Dus een geslaagde avond.

    De volgende ochtend afgesproken om koffie te gaan doen met een oud collega en zijn vriendin vanuit Papamoa. Zij zijn zo'n 6 maanden geleden naar Melbourne verhuisd. In de middag CBD ontdekt, was hier nooit echt geweest en 's avonds afgesproken met Teghan die ik ook vanuit Nieuw Zeeland kan, daar heb ik bij in huis gezeten toen ik mijn pols gebroken had. Super leuke avond ook gehad, en iet wat een kater de volgende dag, waarom doen mensen toch shotjes....

    De dag erna weer op het vliegveld afgezet en doorgevlogen naar Sydney. Hier had ik ook 2 nachtjes. Hier mocht ik verblijven in het appartement van Isabella, haar heb ik 8 jaar geleden in Sydney ontmoet. Woonde samen met haar voor een maand in mijn eerste hostel. Afgelopen jaar heb ik haar in NZ weer ontmoet en hoopte haar nu ook te zien. Helaas was ze op cruise met haar vriend, maar ik mocht wel in haar huis verblijven. Dit was eigenlijk ook wel even lekker, even alleen, een eigen kamer, badkamer en een tv. Dus heb 2 hele relaxte avonden gehad en even bij kunnen komen van alle avondjes uit van de afgelopen weken. Zodat ik fit in Zuid Amerika aan kon komen..
    Overdag nog één keer naar Darling Harbour, Paddy's Market (was helaas gesloten), Hyde park, Botanical Gardens en tot slot the Opera house geweest. Was geweldig om te merken dat ik het nog steeds zonder kaart kon vinden na 8 jaar :-)

    En toen na 3 maanden moest ik Australië verlaten. Met mijn hart, want dit land heeft een hele grote plek in mijn hart afscheid genomen. Vooral in Perth had ik het er moeilijk mee want WA is toch het beste stukje. Maar een eind betekent ook een nieuw begin en dat is Zuid Amerika.

    Vanaf Sydney vloog ik namelijk naar Santiago in Chili. Het voelt goed om weer in een niet westers land te zijn. Nieuwe taal, drukte op straat en leven overal. Wel iet wat chaos, maar bij lange na niet zo erg als in Azië. Eettentjes, kraampjes, markten, zwerfhonden en wat ik geweldig vind is dat je op straat loopt er een man naast je loopt en hij zich gewoon een kwart slag draait en gaat staan plassen. Ik zei al... de hele stad is één grote public toilet 😂😂
    Eerst 4 dagen in Santiago gehad. Even weer wennen aan een nieuwe cultuur, taal en omgeving.. hier in de stad rondgestruind, over markten gelopen, Chileens gegeten, pisco (nationaal drankje) gedronken, gedanst in een club en heuvels beklommen. Verbleef in hetzelfde hostel als Liza (Portugees, ontmoet in Coral Bay). Ook bij San Cristóbal geweest, samen met een Braziliaans meisje, Carole. San Cristóbal is een grote statue. Niet zo groot als in Buenos Aires, Argentinië, maar nog vrij groot. Hier een gaaf uitzicht over de stad gehad, met een mooie zonsondergang toen we terug liepen.

    Na 4 dagen doorgegaan naar Valparaíso, was ook tijd om weer de grote stad uit te gaan :-)
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  • Day278

    Valparaiso

    February 8 in Chile

    A short (1 ½ hour) bus trip took us to this important port city that’s also a world heritage site. Before the Panama Canal was completed, this was a major stopping point for ships bringing products to the Americas from all over the world. While it’s still quite an active port, it’s lost much of its’ former wealth which is captured in the city’s many beautiful, crumbling, old buildings and villas built into the hillsides.
    Famous today for murals and graffiti art, it was an interesting place to walk around up many steep and windy steps, streets and with occasional rides on funiculars. We’re so glad we didn’t try to drive here, it would have been challenging as all of our rental cars have been manuals and the streets are super narrow, steep and windy.
    Our hotel was in a restored villa and we loved our room with its’ wide-planked wood floors, 15+ foot high ceilings and a view out over the bay. We also enjoyed some very fresh fish and delicious salads at cafes and overall preferred the city to Santiago. The only downside was all the free-range dogs meant having to be very careful about where you walked as there was dog doo everywhere (this let your dogs roam free thing is the only real unpleasant part of Argentina/Chile so far).
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  • Day100

    Valparaíso

    January 30 in Chile

    Nicht weit entfernt von Santiago liegt Valparaíso - die kulturelle Hauptstadt Chiles. Geprägt von den vielen bunten Häusern und der Street-Art, hat die Stadt ein ganz eigenes Flair. Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein haben wir eine kleine Hafenrundfahrt gemacht und sind auf verschiedene Hügel mit der Standseilbahn hoch gefahren.

  • Day40

    Letzter Tag in Valpo

    November 13, 2016 in Chile

    Die Zeit vergeht so schnell, heute Nacht muss ich schon wieder nach Concepción fahren.
    Wir haben heute das gute Wetter in der Laguna Verde genossen und haben am Nachmittag eine Hafenrundfahrt gemacht, um Valpo mal aus einer anderen Perspektive zu sehen.

    Die Stadt ist der absolute Hammer, sie ist eine Reise wert!

    Das letzte Foto zeigt meinen Sitzplatz im Bus. Habe ich zu viel versprochen? 😋

  • Day306

    Valparaiso, Chile

    March 15 in Chile

    After a stunning bus ride through the Andes, Whit and I made it to Chile and back to the Pacific Ocean! Our first stop was the artsy coastal city of Valparaiso, think Wellington or San Francisco. The 'cerros' (hills) of the city, where most of the population live, rise up out of the ocean and are remarkably easy to get lost in - both literally and metaphorically. The narrow cobbled streets wind their way upwards while hundreds of twisting and turning walkways and staircases give you picturesque views of the coast. There are colourful graffiti murals around every corner and buskers fill the streets with their Spanish music. Valparaiso is a wonderful place.

    We did a walking tour of Valparaiso, learning about its history as a key port town during the California goldrush. We also spent a day on the beach relaxing, watching a sea lion colony fight amongst themselves, and an evening out singing karaoke. We now head to Chile's capital city, Santiago.
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  • Day747

    Dozy In Mendoza

    June 2 in Chile

    We are struggling a bit with the Argentinan lifestyle and how it ties into Overlanding - over the past 2 years we've generally been getting up with the sun and going to bed at 10ish. However here the time zone is skewed towards Buenos Aires so it still pitch black at 8am and really doesn't warm up until 10ish, then by the time we've eaten breakfast and got ourselves going all the shops and businesses are shutting for their 4 hour lunch break... and then the restaurants don't open until 9ish! Anyway the above means we didn't get to San Juan until the extended lunch break so there was nothing for it but to eat a big steak with roquefort sauce and huge tasty caprese milanesa!

    After an uninspiring night in a petrol station (not as bad as it sounds as they are set up for truckers with wifi, toilets, etc and it was reasonably quiet) we finally arrived in Mendoza. Here our luxurious accommodation was a 24-hour car park but it was smack in the centre so it meant we could go out out! Queue a few more parillas and steaks :) We also had boring admin stuff to do - laundry and dog papers to prepare for Chile.

    We decided we'd had enough of carparks and petrol stations so drove just south of the city into the vineyard area and found a lovely hospiaje run by a former overlander who let us park next to the vines but sit inside by the log burner - bliss! We met a fellow traveling Brit, Tony, and spent the next day touring vineyards and breweries on our bikes. Maya was very happy to get a chance to properly stretch her legs and we've been doing a lot of cities, eating and driving - not her favourite activities. Of course staying out much too late so we ended up tipsily riding home in the dark with no lights....

    Unsurprisingly the next day was a bit of a write off and we spent another night around Mendoza, but this time in a nice little campsite with WiFi, electricity and hot showers (what more could you ask for!) before heading back into town the following morning to pick up the stamped dog papers.
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  • Day220

    Valparaiso, Chile

    May 25, 2017 in Chile

    Art and Armada.

    We're back in Chile! But it wasn't easy. The most direct route to Chile from Mendoza is to head west over the Andes towards Santiago. That in fact, is the only land route to Chile for a long way north or south. Of course, routes through the Andes are limited and - as we found out - very susceptible to snow induced closures. Los Libertadores pass is situated on the Chilean-Argentine border at around 3400m - literally on top of the Andes. Looking DOWN from the customs building, you can see the tips of a ski lift which belongs to a skifield. That's right, the border crossing is at a higher altitude than the skifield!

    When we got there it was no surprise to us that it was snowing. It had been an incredibly scenic drive up the valley through the foothills of the Andes; crossing braided rivers, weaving over and under an abandoned train line and past abandoned buildings standing roofless in isolation. The foothills grew to mountains as we climbed into the cloud under the shadow of the roof of the Americas - Mt Aconcagua at 6900m. We were on edge as we climbed. Not just from the topography of the road, but because the pass is reknowned for it's quick changing weather and resulting abrupt closures (which we had discovered from nightmare stories from other travellers). Luckily it remained open and after a very long wait in the snow we passed through as one of the last buses. The pass closed that night as two days of snow came in and it's anybody's guess as to when it will re-open - lucky us! The 10 hour journey had us safely in Valparaiso just in time for dinner. We celebrated our luck (and hard days travel) at the home of the Chorrillana with Chorrillana - a giant plate of fries loaded with meat, cheese and onion. Ooomph.

    Valparaiso is visually overwhelming, as we discovered the very next day. The port city lies on the Pacific coast of Chile sprawling outward and upward along numerous ridges and valleys. The absence of any town planning has resulted in a maze-like arrangement of streets and alleys which twist and weave up, down and around the mountainous terrain. (It's blazé urban planning can have disastrous results; many houses don't have street access which means no firetruck access and the reason for the numerous burnt out buildings). The only hint of order is found right at the coast, where the ever-growing zone of reclaimed land has provided a flat surface for an orthogonally gridded street network. But the real gem of the city is the architectural diversity and an abundance of street art which can be absorbed from innumerable viewpoints around the city. The geography and urban maze makes it the perfect spot for the Red Bull Urban Downhill (MTB) which is a great watch if you haven't already been 'wowed' by my description.

    It's easy to lose yourself in this place. Not just geographically, but metaphorically too - to lose yourself in your thoughts. And that is pretty much how we spent two days here. We had a fantastic host at our hostel who gave us one of those introductory briefings I have previously raved about. He steered us towards another free walking tour which exceeded expectations and exposed us to the culture and history of this urban jungle.

    Valpo must host the most street art per square metre of external wall of any city in the world. It is absolutely lathered in paint. Whether it's triple storey murals, tasteful graffiti, or unashamedly bold purple or pink walls, the animation in this city is a sight to behold. We lost hours and hours just wandering the streets admiring the art and also the architecture which is an eclectic mix of Spanish, German, French, English, and Croatian between basic, rough and ready dwellings and remains of burnt out collapsed structures. Every house is different yet thoughtfully constructed; usually pokey, colourful and dangling precariously on the edge of a slope.

    From the miradors or elevated viewpoints there is a lot to take in, and the longer you look the more you find. The port is a hive of activity; a mixture of Navy and cargo ships competing for space both on land and at sea, whilst trucks come and go and all the marvellous cranes go about their lifting. Meanwhile on the streets, cars skid up and down hills and anyone on two wheels frantically fends off hoards of stray dogs who - as friendly as they are - have taken a particular disliking to anybody on such transport. Valparaiso may not have a lot to do, but trust me when I say there is plenty to see. And plenty to eat.

    We didn't need to but we ate like Labradors and drank like fish in Valpo. Chilean food inevitably comprises meat, pastry, cheese and not much else and I'm sure you needn't be reminded that empanadas are the popular king of this diet. A few steps behind in popularity (but in no way unpopular) are completos which are giant hot dogs filled with just about anything including avo, tomato, cheese and mayo. Fries are served by the bucket more often than not especially if you have them in a Chorrillana and it shouldn't surprise you that these are accompanied by all the sauces - occasionally by the cup-full. My fading reputation as king of the deep-fry returned in strength during the few days we were here and one meal - the completos - almost digestively crippled the both of us.

    However, when you're able to listen to your head and not your stomach there are some great food options. Menu del dia (or just menu) is a great and cheap way to get a three course lunch. It's often a soup, followed by a meat and rice dish and a sweet treat for dessert and usually set us back around $7-9 each. There's also great beer, wine and coffee if you choose correctly and of course the infamous pisco sour which is literally unavoidable.

    Whilst resting our weary legs in an out-of-the-way (and very good) coffee shop we got chatting with two blokes from Canada. With the help of the shop owner, we got stuck into a game of dice which continued into the evening. The coffee turned to wine (no - not a religious miracle this time) and before we knew it we had picked up their third colleague and headed out for some delicious Peruvian food and much more wine. It's not all that often we share the company with first languange english speakers these days so it was such a nice change to speak normally and enjoy a fluent conversation!

    Valpo is also home of the Chilean Armada (Navy) and it's impossible to miss. If you somehow fail to observe the enormous Navy frigates lining the docks there's plenty more; the main square hosts a statue and monument to those who fought in the Navy in the War of the Pacific, the Navy and Maritime musuem overlooks downtown from a headland, Artillery hill shares a similar presence and the Navy headquarters are centrally located in the most impressive and unmissable French-inspired building I have ever seen. On top of all that, there are an expectedly high number of men and women in uniform, standing guard or otherwise. That musuem by the way, offered some interesting insight into the Navy's history which played a great part in Chile's independence and that they are outwardly very proud of.

    On our final evening, we took a boat ride out through the port to get up close to the ships and to get the highly regarded ocean view of Valpo. It was stunning! We even got up close and personal with a couple of very lazy sea lions and passed under the stern of a container ship - cheeky skipper!

    We're also finally begin to appreciate just having time. Much too often we're hustling for the next bus, the next hostal and the next activity. Life on the road can easily become just that. Valpo was a lesson otherwise and we thoroughly enjoyed it, even if we have to spend the next month working off the effects of our diet.

    From here we'll ride a few buses to get to a teeny village called Las Peñas - two or three hours south of Santiago. We're trying our luck on another Workaway, this time as help at a reasonably high end lodge. The internet isn't meant to be too flash so you might not hear from me much for the next two weeks. I am absolutely spewing that I can't watch the America's Cup and desperately hope we'll be back to civilisation before it ends. In the meantime, the rest of you best be getting behind our boys and appreciating the public rise of the hydrofoil - pun intended. Go ETNZ!
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