Had a great day. Didn't get much sleep last night, I think because of both my body clock is out of whack and the noisy traffic in the street below. Free breakie in the hostel (vegemite on toast and half apple) then it was off to book a bus to Arica (Northern Chile). We tackled the metro system, no one spoke english so buying tickets is confusing but somehow we managed and found our way the the bus depot that the hostel staff had told us about. Buying tickets here was even harder. Cama or Semi cama? which bus did Simone and Lorence say was better? How long will it take? What time do we arrive? haha This latin american phrase book has become my bible.
Then we missioned it back to hostel to pack some lunch and head on an adventure. We noticed everyone was staring at us and we were getting a lot of wolf whistles (universal lingo!) and then looking at other women we noticed almost all were wearing long pants and we just had shorts on. We asked back at the hostel later if we were dressed inappropriately but they said we were fine and its just a combination of shorts/blonde hair/non-latin american looking, which is good becuase its too damn hot to wear long pants, and as we head north it's just going to get hotter!!!
So our afternoon adventure took us to the mountain on the edge of town called Cerro San Cristóbal that has a statue of the virgin mary on top. Took a little cable car up the side of the hill and was amazed to see from the top how big santiago city really is. Apparently there are about 16.5million people in Chile and about a third of those live in Santiago so its pretty hectic and lots of smog!
We went to a grocery store on the way home and bought some stuff for dinner and snacks for out trip tomorrow. There is a bbq tonight so we might hang out here and have a few beers. Our bus leaves at 7:40am tomorrow so we have to get an early start. The beer here comes in cans or HUGE 1L bottles!!!
Last night we had some beers and dinner at a little local restaurant and one of the staff spoke good english and was very funny. Everyone we have met has been very nice and patient with our poor spanish vocab! But still can't wait for the spanish school to learn more.
Ok I will now try and figure out how to attach photos to my blog!
Bye for now,
Lots of love,