El Puertecito

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  • Day12

    Day 9 - On Board

    January 7 in Chile ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    The day dawned brightly for leaving Valparaiso. We had breakfast and left the hotel. A wrong turn led us up into the hills trying to find the road to Santiago but cranking up the GPS got us on track. We drove up through the Casablanca valley and into Santiago to drop off the rental car and meet our driver for the hour an a half trip to San Antonio. That drive took us through a very productive region with vegetable and fruit farms interspersed with cattle ranches. The port of San Antonio is relatively small but busy and crowded. Checkin for the cruise is much like checking in to a flight - just a lot more people (think checking in 3,000 passengers). Still, we completed the process in little over an hour and we in our stateroom by about 3:30. We unpacked then attended the mandatory evacuation drill.

    The Celebrity Eclipse is a huge boat. At almost 1,100 feet, it's three football fields (including end zones) long and 120 feet wide. It has 15 decks and holds 2,850 passengers. Walking around you can hear many languages but most programs and announcements are in English. Some announcements are also in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

    The ship sailed at 6:00 and we watched from our stateroom veranda. The San Antonio port is narrow and the ship had a pilot boat and a tugboat to help it clear the quays. As we pulled our, several small tourist boats filled with people came our to watch.

    Once underway, we attended a comedy show by an American, black comic, Daran Howard. He was ok but some of the references to black culture went over the heads of the international audience. We cruised south staying about a mile off the coast. We had a late (8:30) seating for dinner and waited to be seated with 1,000 other people. Our table mates (for the entire trip) were a couple from Germany and a couple from Lodi, CA. Hans, the German man, had been in the merchant marine and remarked on how skillfully the captain had handled the exit from the narrow harbor. Fred, the California man, turned out to be a civil engineer, like me, and Hans was a mechanical engineer. Fred's wife, Silvia, was originally from Peru but had been a teacher in the states, as had been Gail. Didn't learn what Hotie, Hans' wife, did.

    Dinner and our conversations lasted until 10:30 so we so called it a day.
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  • Day8

    Motorrad steht in Chile

    December 7, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Heute ging's durch die Zollhürden. Die Arbeit machte eigentlich Ronny der hier die Abwicklung der Motorradtransporte macht, und alles perfekt, souverän und sympathisch -vielen Dank!
    Wir-wir waren heute nur zu fünft -mussten nur noch die Formulare unterschreiben.
    Dann ging's mit Helm und Sicherheitsweste in den Containerhafen von San Antonio.. Sicherheitsvorschriften werden hier sehr genau genommen. Nach dem Anklemmen der Batterie müssen die schweren Böcke bis zum Zoll geschoben werden. Die Rahmennummer wird geprüft, wieder Papiere ausgestellt, unser Gepäck interessiert keinen, dann dürfen wir nach nur 4Std aus dem Zoll schieben, gestern dauerte es 10 Std.. Wir sind alle nassgeschwitzt. Jetzt erst mal zu Fuss zur nächsten Tanke, Sprit in die Kanister und wieder zu Fuss zurück. Mit Sprit springt meine alte GS sofort an, ohne will sie geschoben werden, da kommen dann 300 kg leicht zusammen. Ich frage mich, wer das alles eingepackt und aufgeladen hat.

    Nach einer Woche mit vielen Hindernissen geht's also endlich los.
    Im Hotel packe ich alles um, warum habe ich eigentlich so viel Krempel dabei?
    Morgen geht's Richtung Süden!
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  • Day102

    San Antonio

    March 19 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    San Antonio ist der größte und wichtigste Hafen Chiles, von hier werden die meisten Güter international verschifft bzw nach Santiago gebracht...

    Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), der berühmteste Poet und Nobelpreisträger Chiles hat sich an diesem wunderbaren Fleck am pazifischen Ozean niedergelassen.
    Ein Besuch in dem seit 1986 bestehenden Neruda-Museum ist eine Pflicht, wo man die Wirkungsstätte des Dichters mitsamt vieler interessanter Ausstellungsstücke besichtigen kann.
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