FIN – Gracias a todos ustedes por su ayuda y buena onda. FUE BKN!

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OK so I do agree it’s been 5 months since I’ve been back in Europe and that I should really have updated the blog WAY before but I still think that doing my last two articles on the 1st of January 2014 is a good date as it’s the moment to be grateful for everything I’ve experienced in 2013 and OBVIOUSLY Chile was THE most incredible thing I’ve ever lived :) This is mostly due to the amazing people living in Chile who integrated me so nicely and made me discover bits of the city, of the country and of everything else. It was an AMAZING experience, thanks to all of you. ¡Gracias amigos tan queridos!

As a thank you I took pictures of my closest friends, or better said those who helped me or made me discover bits of Chile by inviting me to visit parks, restaurants, took me dancing, took me to the countryside and made me meet their families,  etc. The only two people I did not manage to get pictures from are Juan and Eduardo but you are in my heart anyways :) I am also missing Jose’s portrait as it was taken on my film camera. Gracias a todos.

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____LUIS ____________ DAVID __________ SERGIO

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__DANIEL ________ SEBASTIAN ________ FERNANDO

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_____IGNACIO _______ DIEGO __________ ANIBAL

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_____MANUEL _______ CRISTIAN _______ SAMUEL

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____DAVID __________ RICARDO

 

Luis gracias por haberme invitado a bailar salsa “abajo” con los intermedios/avanzados porque tenías fe en mi manera de bailar salsa. Gracias un montón por haberme dado esa confianza!

David gracias por tu amistad y por haberme invitado en tu linda familia dos veces.

Sergio gracias por el baile, el baile y el baile. Pero también por haber compartido mucho sobre tu cultura.

Daniel gracias por la buena onda, por la ayuda con mi español, por las caminatas en la ciudad, por la música, por la invitación en tu pueblo y en tu familia.

Sebastian gracias por tu locura, el bouldering y por nuestra ultima caminata loca en Santa Lucia jajaja qué entrete!

Fernando gracias por la muy buena onda, el baile, y el último café el día en el que me fui.

Nacho gracias por haber sido el mejor TANDEM del mundo :)

Diego gracias por la salsa, la música y por haberme invitado en tu familia muy simpática.

Anibal gracias por el baile bakan y por nuestra locura :) también gracias por la salida en bici! Nos vemos en una semana!!!!

Manu, no hay palabras, gracias por todo: el baile, las caminatas bajo el sol o la lluvia, las iglesias, los restaurantes, el café con piernas etc y por haberme acompañado al aeropuerto :'(

Cristian, gracias por tu sonrisa, las confesiones, tu buena onda cuando mi familia estuvo en Chile, y mucho más.

Samuel, gracias por tu amistad, las caminatas durante las cuales hablábamos de cosas muy filosóficas y por nuestras fotos :) gracias por todos los skypes también!

David, gracias por la buena onda, el auto bakan y el finde tan entre en Valpo!

Ricardo, gracias por todo, fue muy lindo conocerte y tan simpático pasar un finde completo contigo. Me encanta tu energía y positivismo.

Juan, gracias por el baile, fuiste mi primer pareja de baile pero también la persona que me hizo descubrir la salsa en la cato. Gracias por haberme hecho visitar el parque Quinta Normal primero también :)

Jose, el primer chileno que conocí de verdad jajaja gracias por tu locura y por haberme hecho descubrir el lindo barrio lastarria ya que no eres de Santiago. Y gracias por haberme introducido al Eduardo :) Ojala que estés bien en el país más fome del mundo aka Francia ;)

Eduardo, merci pour tout, c’était super de te connaître, de cuisiner et parler avec toi, de découvrir le … kendo qui ne s’appelle pas du kendo etc. Vive Noir Désir ;)

A todos, tantas memorias, gracias por todo, nos vemos en septiembre :) Sólo faltan 8 meses ;) (y lo siento si hay faltas de español, hace 5 meses que no he podido practicar mucho!)

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Grand Finale. Boliva & Arica.

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As we had lost most of our pictures of Bolivia while connecting my camera to a stupid Bolivian computer (well, they couldn’t be read anymore), it took us a while to get them back and we only managed to access them once in Europe thanks to my dad’s help… ANYWAYS I then went on my bike tour, studies etc and never got to post them so as a grand finale here are the pictures mostly from Bolivia and a few from Arica in Northern Chile.

Bolivia was an INCREDIBLE experience, such a different country from Chile, way way poorer, and La Paz was definitly a CRAZY city!

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The witches’ market: it smells very weird and they sell lots of strange stuff such as DEAD llama foetuses (left foto, top of picture)

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The Cholitas: they are everywhere in La Paz and they are the ones who rule markets and life in general in the city. The wear HUGE skirts which are actually a pile of skirts and underskirts because women with big hips are seen as more desirable by men because more capable of bearing lots of children.

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The Tiwanaku ruins are from a pre-Inca civilisation and they are present in one of Tintin’s books: everyone knows the famous ‘Gate of the Sun’ or ‘Puerta del Sol’ or ‘La porte du soleil’ which can be seen on the big photo.

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These are pictures from our 3-day walk. We started at the beginning of the Camino de la muerta (well we did a bit of the Death Road by bus but not the most dangerous one) therefore starting at 5,000 metres high in VERY cold and wet condition and then went down 2,000 metres in a day thus finishing at the entrance of the ‘Junglas’, the tropical forest. The picture with the swimming pool is Coroico, popular for its cocoa and coffee plantations.

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Both made by Gustave Eiffel.

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THE END OF THE JOURNEY. BACK TO SANTIAGO.

PS: if you decide to read later articles or if you squim further down you’ll notice that they all look weird as the pictures are all small and not properly placed on the page… I’ve just discovered that WordPress has completly destroyed the layout that I had so carefully worked on but hey what can I do?!

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Heading up North. First stop: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

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Hola Chicos!

 

Live from San Pedro de Atacama, only a few hours before heading north north, all the way up to Arica (on the border with Perú) and then straight to La Paz, Bolivia. I´m not very inspired so this will mostly be a picture update… We were in San Pedro with Candy and Steph for a day and two nights and went horse riding for 5 hours… It was BAKAN (awesome, in Chilean) as they say here! Today we woke up at 3.45am in order to visit the Geysers del Tatio at 3,300 meters above sea level… Amazing man! That´s all for the noo.

PS: I´ve now spent more than 2h30 on the blog and I´m in an old internet cafe with freaking slow and antic computers so I have no clew if what I did worked out… please feed back and sorry if it looks like a mess, it does not on my screen jajajaja

 

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Cerro Manquehue o como matar a la Janna :D

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Well well, on Janna’s second day here I invited her to climb one of Santiago’s most well know “cerro” (hill), and so there we went, me with 2hours of sleep as I had to finish my project about Chile for my teacher in Scotland and then coughed so much that I couldn’t sleep and Janna still jetlagged… One of my friend came to fetch us at 9.15am and we then got the metro and bus and started walking up the very posh area of Vitacura (Chile’s wealthiest “commune”) at 11am… With LOTS of (non) motivation… In the end we took a taxi just to get a the beginning of the path jajajaja LAZY PEOPLE!

IMG_0203                   Motivation before starting the real climb in front of a sexy house… LOS FLAITES.

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Barbie’s house :D

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To cut a long story short, it took us forever to climb this “cerro de la muerte” because 1) we got lost 2) we thought it was going to be something quite easy and quick as my friend Marlene had told us it would take 1 to 2 hours max and that it wasn’t that hard -_-‘ THANKS. Well, we made it, we got back down at 5pm, even though Janna was scared to death climbing it and going down it… “Je préfère m’asseoir sur ce cactus pour toujours que de descendre ce truc” (“I prefer sitting on this cactus forever rather than going down this thing”)… To be fair, it was quite steep AND it was the first time Janna was wearing walking shoes (this says everything :DDD)

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As a conclusion I’d say that we only discovered when we got back that this is actually Santiago’s highest hill and that it’s even higher than the UK’s highest hill (Ben Nevis)…

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Parque Nacional 7 tazas, Región del Maule

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Well, well, as this was my last weekend “alone” in Chile (1st & 2nd of June), my friend David invited me one last time at his family’s house in Curicó (200kms South of Santiago) because his family and I got along super well, and we wanted to see each other before Janna, Candy, Steph and Théo would be here.  We therefore left for Curicó by train, arrived at 9pm on Friday, and got invited by Julio’s father (David’s half brother) to go to the National Park “Las 7 tasas” on Saturday. BAKAN as they say because I really wanted to see more mountains & naturaleza (nature).

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Mad mad trip with this “banda de weones” (well, yes, I learnt to use and decline all the “weon” “wea” etc. with them :D), 75kms in ‘la camioneta del diablo’ (the devil’s van), of which 25kms on untarred road, driving like nuts in order to arrive early enough to enjoy some light, jumping on rocks, going to see a huge waterfall: all in all, an amazingly nice trip!

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Finally I got back on Sunday night at 6pm and guess who opened my own door? LA JANNA. She arrived on Sunday morning, had all the instructions in order to get out of the airport, change money, take a bus, get to the metro, go to Marlene’s house to get my keys etc. And here she was :) Here she is discovering my Chilean life :)

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Día del Patrimonio

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Starting to queue at 10am… 1h20 to enter “El Club de la Unión”  and as we were advancing towards the entrance the queue was just getting longer and LONGER…

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EL PALACIO DE LA MONEDA: The Presidential Palace, but also the place where Salvador Allende got assassinated by Pinochet on the 11th of September 1973. As a matter of fact, this year is the 40th birthday of the “Golpe de Estado”, Pinochet’s coup d’état.

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First picture: TORRE ENTEL, Chile’s most important phone company. Second picture: the HUGE Chilean flag opposite el Palacio de la Moneda (cannot be seen on this picture) Third picture: fiesta in front of el Palacio de la Moneda.

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2h30 of queue (“cola” en Chileno), to get in El Palacio because it is only the 3rd year that people can visit it and it was opened only from 10 until 3, + heavy control in order to get in.

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SOME OF PARTS OF SANTIAGO AND CUARTEL DE LOS BOMBEROS (Santiago’s first fire station)

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Un poco más de Santiago…

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Okay let’s be honest, I don’t have much writing inspiration right now, so I’m just going to post some nice pictures I took on a sunny day in Santiago… (At least I won’t bore you with stuff you won’t read hahaha) I went back to the south of La Alemada to a park a friend took me to where I was amazed by this beautiful church left to rot (well some say it was left to rot after the Terremoto of 2010 (earthquake) but others say it was simply never finished)…

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