09.11.2016 - 10.11.2016 8 °C
Off to a not so great start. Turns out there were 2 flights to Seattle, we were flying most of the way with Delta but thought we had a code share with Alaska to Seattle so we looked at the board and sat at the gate. I noticed that our flight number didn't match the screen at the gate. Then I heard a final boarding call for our flight at gate 1 upstairs. Turns out we were flying with Delta to Seattle. I run upstairs as the last few people are going through, we get to the door and there are no tags for larger carry-on so I run back to the gate, even though I want supposed to but no one could help at the plane. Fewf!!
Flights were fine. Atlanta airport is huge and despite Brian's grumbling and wanting to walk to a park (which I don't think it's actually possible despite what Google maps shows) we walked from terminal A to terminal F. In the end Brian was OK with this bc he had WiFi the whole way and caught lots of Pokémon. The flight from Atlanta to Santiago was pleasant, we took gravol (antinausea/sleep aid) just before dinner and then had two generous pours of red wine with dinner and then we were out for the count! We woke up about 30 minutes before landing which was perfect, hopefully we can make ourselves do that on the way back too.
We rushed off the plane and got through a long line in immigration and got a bit of direction help through customs and departures and jogged through departure and got to our gate with a bit of time to spare. The last flight (Santiago - 30 min layover in Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas) felt really long and our butts got tired of sitting so long... But we made it! And there was a taxi guy waiting for us - so worth it (actually same cost as taking a shuttle for 2ppl).
Punta Arenas looks and feels like you're at the end of the world or nearly, just google map it. It's cold, about 8C, were walking around in down jackets etc but so is everyone else. It is beautiful though and it feels quite safe. We went wandering around as we do, through residential neighborhoods, found a couple of nice kitties :-), lots of dogs, a few chasing motorbikes. As I write this bit it's just past 9pm and still quite light out! It finally got darkish by 9:30.
We're at this bar (Check Point)and we're there oldest people by 10years. It's an odd bar, it's the old bar for a run down racetrack but there are arcade games, foosball tables and x-box games. But we have discovered 2 new beer varieties! Yagan and Calafate (bit of spruce tip flavor). There's also Patagonian which is an Amber ale.
Next stop, the Clinic by our hostel, too many drinks to choose from, I get a very boosy caipiriña and Brian got another pisco sour. We shared a steak sandwich but misunderstood the bread, we thought we ordered it on flathead, but it was regular toast bread, still very yummy. They are big on adding avocado and mayo here which makes for rich and delicious food, like hotdogs and sandwiches. My poor stomach which is used to lots of fruit and salad is getting bombarded with fries and white bread and soon even drier and more processed food on our 4 day hike. I will truly be craving salad and carrot sticks by the end of it! Although, after spending 30 hours sitting on planes I'm looking forward to hiking for 4 days. We're going to be cold though! It's around 3-5C here in the evening. I think we'll stock up on tea and noodle soup for the hike.
Enjoy the pictures! The first is arriving in Santiago and the second is of Punta Arenas.