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  • Day21

    Puerto Montt, Chile

    February 13, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    After our exhilarating day yesterday, we had a more tame experience of visiting a local ranch out in the country. We had an interesting demonstration on a Chilean rodeo (not quite as traumatizing for me seeing cattle lassoed, etc.).
    This was more competitive horse training.
    We were treated to some local dancing and music and were served a traditional breakfast.
    We had the best coffee cake we have ever eaten-I need to try to figure out how to recreate it.

    Something we’ve learned in Chile is that some people own dogs, but most dogs seem to belong to everyone. They lounge about everywhere-sidewalks, parks and yards- rarely fenced in or on a leash. I think many are strays, but everyone recognizes this and feeds and gives them attention. They also seem to be relatively oblivious to most everyone. This seems more prevalent the further north we go in Chile.

    Crossing the street here is interesting. We are told that a Chilean driver will stop for someone in a crosswalk, but “those crazy Argentinian” drivers won’t so you have to be careful! There seems to be some real animosity between the Chileans and the Argentinians. Hhmmmm.... I will have to investigate that further and try to sort out what we’ve seen and heard thus far.

    A short walk around town and we are back on the ship catching up on some computer work and reading. We have a sea day coming up tomorrow so we will have a chance to regroup.
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  • Day40

    The "real" Chilean Mt. Fuji/チリの[本物]の富士山

    February 9, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Mt. Osorno is one of the volcanoes in the world, which looks considerably like Mt. Fuji.

  • Day40

    Puerto Varas, Chile/チレれのプエルト・ヴァラス

    February 9, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Quaint little town called "City of the Rose's"

  • Day197

    Pebble beach > Llanquihue lake

    March 11, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Réveil matin au bord du lac et douche matinale dans l’eau très très froide! On a fait quelques heures de route et on avait prévu de dormir sur le flanc du volcan Osorno mais comme le sommet était sous les nuages on a décidé de se trouver un petit spot au bord du lac au pied du volcan.Read more

  • Day48

    A Glacier and Volcano: Goodbye Patagonia

    April 21, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    After my few days of sociability in Rio Tranquilo and Coyhaique, it was back to hiking and exploring, first in Queulat National Park near Puyuhuapi (pronounced pu-yu-wá-pee) and then in the town of Chaitén.

    In Puyuhuapi, a made-up-the-night-before group chartered a van to take us up to one of the Queulat Park entrances. There were four possible trails to take. I went with the group on the “main trail” up to a glacial waterfall, immediately letting everyone pass me by so I could have the trail to myself.

    Some notes about hiking. First of all, most hiking trails have a “destination,” but for me, the TRAIL is the destination. I enjoy it all: the changing scenery at each stage, the lichens and ferns, the smaller plants, the bushes and the trees. I examine everything that moves, as well as plants and vistas, with my close-focus binoculars. It takes time, because I let it take all the time I want just to SEE. In the case of the Queulat Trail, I did get to the end to see the melting water of the glacier form a spectacular waterfall to the river 2000 feet below. Another note: after slipping on a piece of wood and landing on my rear with a terrible wallop on this hike, I decided to invest in a hiking pole. My balance is improved 100% with just one pole.

    The following day, I took a bus to Chaitén, a town just coming back to life after a surprise eruption of Mount Chaitén in 2008 covered the town with volcanic ash. I talked to a woman who went through it. She said there was a terrible explosion in the afternoon of May 2nd, 2008, and the order to evacuate the town came soon after. By nightfall, people were still leaving, and the next day all were gone. Only animals were left, and many perished in the ashes.

    So, April 24 found me exploring the newly-constructed town, poking around the ashes which are still everywhere, and examining hills of dead trees and new growth. Toward the end of the day, I had a conversation with a house construction contractor. I asked if, given the risk of a future explosion, it was unwise to build new houses. He said that no matter what, construction would continue. But after further questioning, I found that no one in town could ever purchase home insurance for a future volcanic catastrophe.

    Here are some interesting links: (you can find many others as well, of course)
    1. From
    2. From Wikipedia :én_(volcano)
    3. From YouTube:

    And here are my pictures! Please sign your first name if you leave a comment.
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  • Day13

    Day 10 - Cruising the Chile Coast

    January 8, 2019 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Today was a day at sea as the Eclipse sailed from San Antonio to Puerto Montt. We explored the ship and attended some of the events on board.

    Breakfast was a huge buffet with just about anything imaginable. Food on board is free and plentiful. The joke is that you come on as a passenger but leave as cargo.

    We sat in on an art history lecture covering 30,000 years of art in 30 minutes. That was interesting and Gail stayed in the art gallery (yes, on board art gallery!) to listen to the art auction. We ate too much at the lunch buffet and walked the decks to explore the ship. We were out in open waters several miles offshore and the sea was a bit rough. The ship rocks, sometimes from side to side, other times aft to stern. The rock is noticeable but not too bad - more pronounced on the upper decks.

    If you haven't been on a cruise, you can think of the boat as an upscale hotel for 3,000. The upper decks (of the 15) are for activities. There are several pools and half a dozen hot tubs, a complete spa and fitness center, and a putting green. Mingled with the state rooms on the middle decks are a library, card room, internet lounge, and photo gallery and studio. There is a full casino with slots, black jack, and hold 'em tables. There are a range of (very upscale) shops selling jewelry, perfume, watches, handbags, clothing, and much else. There are several liquor and wine shops. (There are many, seemingly hardcore drinkers on board and the cruise sells four drink purchase plans, since the drinks are not free, even such mundane beverages as seltzer water and soft drinks - water tea and coffee are free). The ship has two theaters - a large (500+-seat) stage theater for performances and a smaller movie theater. There is also a medical center. During the day and into the night there is live and DJ'd music at different locations by different types of bands and solo performers - from R&R to classical. Each evening, they put on a major show on the big stage. Tonight it is a multi-instrumentalist. Getting around the shop (up and down) is by means of six, central elevators plus four more up front. There are also two wide stairs.

    I have an enormous appreciation of the complex logistics of putting together a cruise - getting all the passengers on and off; procuring, preparing and serving food to the captive audience and doing all this day-after-day at 10 different foreign ports. It's quite an operation which, for the most part, runs smoothly.

    The weather got worse as afternoon turned to evening with rain squalls, wind and choppy seas. This made the swaying more pronounced, even when sitting down, but it still wasn't bad. We attended the performance, a Chilean rocker who led the house band in many well-known hits and really charged up the house. We know from a past cruise that they always have top talent for these shows. With an early morning port call tomorrow in Puerto Montt, we skipped the big, late dinner and settled for a light soup from the buffet.
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  • Day68

    Excursions in Chiloé: Towns and Churches

    May 11, 2019 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    During my two-week stay in Castro, I took a few excursions around the island. The small towns are lovely, the wooden churches are certainly amazing, and the bus rides there and back passed through countryside that looked a great deal like England. (A few English visitors concurred.)

    My first trip was to Dalcahue and its church, town, and waterfront, and another day I went south of there to Achao, with similar sights. One day I went to meet my friend Omar in the northern part of the island to Ancud to visit the Historic Churches Museum and eat THE local food, “curanto.” And lastly, I went from Dalcahue east with two guides I became friends with. I was their model “extranjera,” foreigner, to appear in photos advertising a tour the historian brother was preparing for the next tourist year. We visited six churches, and had a jolly time.

    Again, I let the pictures tell a bit more...
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  • Day21

    Castro, Chile

    January 24, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    After a rockin’ and rollin’ passage yesterday, we arrived in Chile’s Lake District and the town of Castro. It is a pleasant town with lots new and old architecture. There are quite a few fish farms in this area. All in all, it was a beautiful day to walk around the city, eat fresh seafood and get ready to head for the Chilean fjords. Hope the water is a little calmer-it’s hard to hold onto my glass of Prosecco!Read more

  • Day4

    Natur, Idylle und "tierisches"

    February 29, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Vom Markt aus gehen Stiegen zum Wasser runter - es wirkt wie ein See, ruhig, beschaulich dort. In der Sonne sitzen und einfach nur schauen und genießen. Die "Steine" am Strand sind vielmehr Unmengen Muschelschalen, Fischkopf- und ganze Fischskelette.

    Auch Hunde sind hier und suchen sich den einen oder anderen Leckerbissen.
    Einer der Hunde ist besonders wachsam - und führt sich gleich auf wie ein Superheld!
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  • Day3

    Angelmo - tipical chilene market

    February 28, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Angelmo ist der Markt der Meeresfrüchte. Unglaubliche Mengen frische Fische, Muscheln aller Art, Krabben, Seeigel .... was Mensch halt offensichtlich gerne isst. Ich leide - staune aber auch. Die Frischware ist so wunderbar appetitlich angerichtet, das Auge freut sich. Der Geruch hält sich auch in Grenzen - ist doch alles frisch aus dem Meer hier. Unmengen von Lachs, schaut wirklich alles wunderbar aus! Barbarisch finde ich die Darbietung so muschelähnlicher Krebse (?) nähere Erklärung dazu hier:

    Rundum ein buntes Treiben und schöne Stände mit lokal gefertigten Souvenirs, brauchbaren Dingen, Kleidung.
    Und im Kaffeehaus gab es guten Kaffee - keinen Nescafe Pulverkaffee.
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