We finally left Alex's house on the hill, on a beautiful morning too. We
did our usual thing for breakfast and finished packing up. We stashed our bags in a spare room and went to the art gallery. It was a person's house from long ago. We are not art people but we did enjoy it, there are some very interesting paintings with paint that makes it look like the sun is setting/rising.
After we went for lunch to a somewhat expensive place, it was Peruvian, and delicious and fresh, just a bit more than anticipated.
Went back to Alex's to get our bags and then we caught the bus down the
road to Viña del Mar. The hostal is very nice and big and next to a school. Brian got my cold and had a shower and a nap and we got going again and 5pm. Found a nice place to have coffee again a little over priced but great coffee. We wandered to a mall but I wasn't interested as the dry air hurt
my eyes, my nose was still runny, I felt dirty as I planned to have a
shower later and all the clothes were spring/summer wear obviously. Back outside we went to the beach and got our feet wet - the Pacific is cold! Wandered some more and found a coffee shop and used their wifi to find a supermarket. Got some ingredients for a simple pasta and a bottle of wine. Back at the hostal we made dinner and ate outside where it was warm and quiet. We will enjoy cosy dinners at home again, but eating outside at
night (no bugs either!) is always special. Brian cleaned up, I showered and off to bed.
With Peru, Colombia and Turkey we only had 10-12 days and were constantly
on the go. Chile has been lovely in that we didn't make plans, just the W trek and have not rushed. Knowing what we know now, it would have been nice to go from Punta Arenas to the Atacama desert area or stopped in Puerto Montt. Instead we meandered around an art infused city and actually
relaxed. We've got two more days as our flight leaves late on Thursday and we plan on staying in the wine valley.