We had a lovely breakfast and chatted with the other guest, David. After, all three went to relax in our rooms and in the end David was very kind and gave us a ride to Casa del Bosque winery. In my opinion, this is a beautiful winery but they are snobby and I don't think their wines are worth as much as they think they are worth. I did a tasting of 4 and they were good and the server was nice and the room was beautiful. I had 2 issues, when we arrived we were directed to a desk and David asked in decent Spanish about a tasting, they just said there was one at 1pm, that's it. So we left. David dropped us off at Kingston winery, and although the staff I talked to we're friendly they were booked up for the day. So Brian and I started walking back to Casa del Bosque, along the way, a staff person from Kingston pulled over and gave us a ride to Casa del Bosque - so nice and I owe the travel karma more now!
When Brian and I returned to Casa del Bosque I asked again about the tasting and reluctantly I got a menu but no prices. I decided on one and she didn't say what to do so I asked where do I go? And then she says you need to pay first, OK fine, but why not say that. I pay and I look around and have to ask again about where to go.
I really don't mind trying to speak Spanish, I'm in Chile after all, but when is obvious that i don't speak Spanish well, slow down (this seems to be impossible in Chile) and use simple phrases, especially if you're trying be a tourist destination!
Afterwards, Brian had been waiting and tried to get on to Wi-Fi but it wasn't working so eventually we asked at the front desk and the gentleman there was very nice and just let us use the WiFi from his phone.
Next, Emiliana - very different. Immediately greeted and asked if we prefer Spanish or English. And he was very helpful and kind. We ordered 2 empañadas with wine, one Sauvignon blanc and the viogner, but the viogner wasn't open but there was one of the higher caliber wine, so he served me that. The grounds were lovely with chickens roaming and a small paddock for alpacas. There were 3 brave chickens that tried to help us with our empañadas.
After we walked to the road but walked just inside the winey and eventually found a small fence to hop over. Then we walked up to House winery and again oddly there were no other visitors. We ordered a sparkling wine for me and a tea for Brian and a delicious brownie with ice cream.
We also got the WiFi and texted the taxi guy fur a pick up.
Back at the B&B we grabbed our bags and walked up the road to the mini bus terminal and got tickets will Pullman for $2300cp to Santiago.
The bus was fine, but it made quite a few stops along the way - this can be a significant time factor.
The most PROBLEMATIC issue is that this bus did not go to Pajaritos or Alemeda stations. Maybe it would have if we had the language skills to ask. But we didn't, the bus arrived at a central terminal and our stress levels went through the roof. We asked and asked and the only things I understood were to walk back to terminal Alemeda (3 blocks) and/or there might be Centro/Aeropuerto buses outside. We were so confused and stressed, we just power walked/ran to Alemeda and got a bus within a couple of minutes of leaving the terminal.
We got to the airport just in time to check our bags make it through passport control (this takes a long time) and we got to the gate as our zone was boarding. Definitely not the way to finish a vacation!
I started this post as we got our seats on the plane. Part of me is/was thinking never again!! No more traveling to places where we don't speak the language.... But we didn't have issues in Asia and I know I'm over reacting. But I also remember the fun and stress of Peru and Colombia. I think I just need a euro trip or north America trip in between...and to practice Spanish more often so that I'm more comfortable. And of course, not to leave things to the last minute! I would have preferred a day in Santiago... But we also don't like big cities and we managed to avoid Santiago.
Overall Chile was great. The W trek was fantastic despite the weather, I'm so proud of us for doing it and completing it. Valparaíso was fun, we relaxed and enjoyed simple days. I'm just a bit exhausted from the stressful bus ride ending and maybe too much wine.