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Chile-Argentina

Week 9

sunny 29 °C

Monday 29th
La Serena -went star gazing at the observatorio, saw galaxies, the milky way and hundreds of stars through the telescope.

Tuesday 30th
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..

Wednesday 31st
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.

Thursday 1st
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

Friday 2nd
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!

Saturday 3rd
Stu met us in the hostel. More steak.

Sunday 4th
Shopping, swimming and relaxing! More steak.

Monday 5th
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!

Tuesday 6th
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.

Wednesday 7th
Night bus to Bariloche. Slept and watched 3 films which, along with Richard Branson´s biography, made the trip go pretty fast!

Thursday 8th
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.

Friday 9th
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.

Posted by BethanyS 21:28 Archived in Argentina Tagged backpacking

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