Warm shower, warm bed, soooo nice after 3 nights camping.
The hostal that we found was lovely, the inn keeper super friendly. We got up at 8:30, well I woke up at 6:30 and did some travel planning. But we had a nice long quiet breakfast - toast, cheese, ham, cereal, tea, coffee. When the inn keeper came I started packing and Brian was chatting to her and got some info on what to do in Punta Arenas. We left our bags and went into town to get our bus tickets and then got our bags and a fun snack for the bus trip and hopped on. It's a pretty dull ride, vast open grass land with sheep.
But every so often there is wildlife spotting! We saw a fox, ñandu, flamingoes and some other interesting birds. The flamingoes were an unexpected surprise!
We got a bit of an upgrade at the hostal in Punta Arenas, we got our own bathroom with mini tub = laundry! The inn keeper said she could do laundry for about $10, she also said we could switch to a room with a shared bathroom and get breakfast in return. So we kept the upgrade, saved the laundry money and went grocery shopping instead. If you know me, this was an awesome trade off! We got eggs, cheese, ham, yogurt, apples, bread... And a bottle bubbly and snacks :D
Again the laundry was going to be $5000CP and the groceries ended up being just over $14,000CP, so we didn't save but we have lots of clean socks and had a great time planning for the next few days.
After appero, Brian found a place to eat dinner, it was just starting to get dark out, so about 10pm and we went to this place called Jekus. It serves traditional Chilean food and we splurged. They serve bread not with butter but with mayo and Pico de Gallo, thankfully the buns were very small. We had crab tartar with avocado, conger ceviche, this coleslaw salad with lots of apple and the best dish was this traditional seafood soup - loaded with mussels, fish, squid and some veggies and served pipping hot. We had a glass of wine each too and when we got up to leave that's when gravity set in and we felt like beached whales.
The inn and room is like so many places we've stayed at, a house quickly converted into an inn. Our room: everything is painted white and at first glance it's a nice clean room. Laying in bed I see that all the walls are bending in some way, you see all the seams, there's no cover on the bare lightbulb in the ceiling, there are nail nicks all over, there's a good size water leak stain in the ceiling, the tiling around the tub is hilarious and not grouted, there are no hooks for towels and when the radiator is on it makes the baseboards click in a weird way.
But there's a skylight which is awesome because I can watch the clouds, I can hear birds chirping, we can control the heat, there is hot water and having a private bath is so very nice!