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Valparaíso

Another day started with a yummy breakfast. Not that we don't make nice breakfasts at home, but these breakfasts are just different and fun.
We go to a bakery for fresh bread, and they open late but we bump into Cath and Imo who we meet on the W Trek.
We finish packing and we get a cab to the airport where our only issues are that Brian had to check his bag and there's no wifi or place to plug in our phones, these are really not big problems.
Finally arrive in Santiago and after getting Brian's bag the stress begins to get to Valparaiso. Brian was hoping that there would be direct shuttles or to even take a cab. I knew we had to take two buses. We went to an info counter anyway and reconfirmed what I knew. Brian was a bit upset that we didn't try to get a cab as we had met 2 others going to Valparaiso as well. But I think it cost $3400CP to the station and then $12300 (but we forgot to get our change ugh!) So much cheaper than taking a cab. To get to Valparaiso and we had 7 minutes at the main station to transfer. We did learn that Santiago is huge and busy and we will probably be OK not spending much if any time there.
On the bus, I end up chatting with my seat mate, Fernando most of the way, mostly English but I try some Español. I just don't remember any words! I can remember some grammar but I have no vocabulary to build a sentence.
We get to Valparaiso and get a cab, it should only be $5000-6000CP but it's more like $8000CP, we did get stuck in traffic and he did use a meter but Fernando and our inn keeper said it's normally less. Our inn keeper, Alex, said this is a big reason why Uber is becoming so popular, it's so much easier for tourists at the very least. But often drivers don't know where they're going and this can be very annoying for the passenger.
We go out down the road and find a lovely spot to have dinner (ViaVia) and we didn't bring much money with us and we just squeaked in under budget, but a had delicious dinner indeed! Veggie soup, croquettes and a veggie filled crêpe and two hoegarden beers.
The hostal is on a big hill, like everywhere in Valparaiso and has a lovely view of the bay at night. There are also two resident orange kittens! And we have a huge room.
It's now 10:45am and we're still in bed on Saturday, guess we needed a sleep in, I think I caught a cough on the plane, hopefully it doesn't evolve into much.
Sorry, no photos yet.

Posted by hillibilli 05:55

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