29.12.2008 - 09.01.2009 29 °C
La Serena -went star gazing at the observatorio, saw galaxies, the milky way and hundreds of stars through the telescope.
took the night bus to Vina del Mar with Rob -he had met some people with a spare room and Molly had organised a room for us for new years eve..
Clebrated New Years eve with Molly and the Chilean family she was staying with. They were lovely and it was good to practise Spanish. We watched the fireworks from the docks at Valparaiso then we went to a friend`s house for a bbq at 4am. The steak was gorgeous.
12 hours later the steak was followed with more barbequed steak, pork and chicken at Mauricios parents´ house. It was cooked al disco which was a big round metal dish on legs which went over the fire, the meat was cooked in white wine. Delicious. They were very hospitable and their garden was full of apricot, plum and peach trees, all laden with fruit. Me and Molly then went to Valparaiso and met Rob. Valparaiso is a fascinating port filled with colourful metal houses, built by fishermen in the past. I think Vina del Mar is prettier though.
In the evening got a bus to Mendoza
Mendoza is beautiful, sunny but the streets are tree lined so there`s plenty of shade. The hostel was great, lots of friendly latin americans to talk to, a bbq and a swimming pool! Had bbqd steak and veg at 12, went to a bar at 2.30 then to a club at 4am. Me and Molly danced non-stop then got home at 6.30!
Stu met us in the hostel. More steak.
Shopping, swimming and relaxing! More steak.
Went wine tasting, rented bikes from Mr Hugo`s. Went swimming in the river and got a bit overpowered by the strong current! Went to bed without steak, I was so tired!
More chilling out by the pool! Went out for dinner (steak!) Got half of the hostel dancing because we couldn´t be bothered to go to a club and have such a late night again.
Night bus to Bariloche. Slept and watched 3 films which, along with Richard Branson´s biography, made the trip go pretty fast!
Bought a tent, a roll mat and another sleeping bag, having left mine in a taxi in La Paz! Had some beers at the hostel.
We were all set to go walking but the shops shut for siesta before Rob got a chance to buy more trainers -having left his in Mendoza! We`ll go to a campsite near here instead and set off tomorrow.