Chile!

Over Easter Break I went to Chile with two of my friends from the Program! We started with a 10 hour overnight bus ride, through the Andes, to Chile. This was all well and fine except that I got super bus sick and we spent no less than 5 hours sitting in chilean customs for no reason other than that’s how long it took to get through customs at that moment. The normal wait time is about 2.5 hours. We were somewhere between 5 and 6 hours. It was such a long wait it actually made the news back in Mendoza. But we made it through and a few hours later I took this picture as we were driving between Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, where we would be staying.

Valpo in the distance and the Pacific Ocean on the right.

Valpo in the distance and the Pacific Ocean on the right.

Valpo is a pretty cool port city with lots of street art (some of which I will show you here, but you should check out Facebook for all of it) and Viña is like Valpo’s beachy little sibling.

We stayed in a hostel (Yay for hostels!) that was in the center of town, more or less.

These are the steps up to our hostel!

The steps up to our hostel!

These steps are actually a street. Valpo isn’t a very wheels friendly city, since a lot of streets are actually stairs and all of the roads are narrow and curvy. It makes for super beautiful photos, but the whole weekend was a leg workout, to be sure. Basically we wandered around the city a lot.

Me and my travel buddies (Rachel and Janelle) hanging with a street dog.

Me and my travel buddies (Rachel and Janelle) hanging with a street dog.

We did two city tours.

Van Gogh inspired street art.

Van Gogh inspired street art.

We went to Pablo Neruda’s house (a famous chilean poet).

With a view like this, I can understand where much of  Neruda's inspiration came from.

With a view like this, I can understand where much of Neruda’s inspiration came from.

We went to Viña to the beach for one afternoon.

Viña del Mar. Just look at how perfect the day was. Not a cloud in the sky. Have you noticed how much I love the sky here. It's a different kind of blue than I've ever seen in the States. But sometimes I do miss the clouds.

Viña del Mar. Just look at how perfect the day was. Not a cloud in the sky. Have you noticed how much I love the sky here. It’s a different kind of blue than I’ve ever seen in the States. But sometimes I do miss the clouds.

We had a tendency to “pick up” street dogs while we were walking around the city. We had three that followed us around for hours one day. There were also random ones that would join us for a little bit and then leave before they got too far from home. We also had the biggest ice cream sundae that I’ve ever eaten. It was lovely.

It was called the XL and it actually had full chocolate bars sticking out of it.

It was called the XL and it actually had full chocolate bars sticking out of it.

The really amazing thing about the street art in Valpo was that there would be this beautiful intricate mural and right next to it, or possibly the building itself, was abandoned and overgrown.

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A beautiful and meaningful mural on the fence of an abandoned lot.

After three lovely days in Chile we had to head back to Mendoza, but this time we traveled during the day so we could see the breathtaking Andes as we traveled through them on Easter Sunday. Don’t feel bad for me for having to be on a bus, far from my family, all day on Easter. I had some chocolate Easter eggs we had bought for the bus ride, good friends, and this glorious view.

A view of the Andes and the Mendoza river. Such a beautiful country.

A view of the Andes and the Mendoza river. Such a beautiful country.

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