Saturday, November 2, 2013

Chile's Capital - Meeting up with family!

Danica's uncle lives in Santiago, and has for years.  We planned on visiting him there a while back, and my family planned on meeting us somewhere along the way to visit, and chose Santiago...

We took an overnight bus from La Serena to Santiago, after our camping excursion, and pulled into the Tur Bus terminal at about 5:30 AM.  We were a day early to meet up with her uncle, and had to find a hostel for the night.  Juan, our Colombian friend was somewhere in the city as well, so we set out to find a cafe for some breakfast and some internet access...

We took a cab into the Plaza de Armas, or center of town, and it was still very early, and a ghost town at that.  After roaming for about a half hour, we found a small cafe that served coffee and had wifi.  We found out Juan was staying in Barrio Brasil, not too far from us, and we eventually went to meet him at his hostel, "Cienfuegos" which turned out to be a nice spot, and the first ever hostel in Santiago.

The hostel hosted a barbecue that night, for $2500 Pesos a piece, and we all hung out on the back patio.  A motorcycle rider named Trevor, was there that night, who had been traveling down the continent, from the US.  We started chatting with him, and it turns out he knew Mark and Carlie, our Aussie friends.  Not only did he know them from his travels, but it turned out he also knew several other people we had met along the way...Very small world.

Next day, checked out of the hostel, and set off to the other side of town, to meet Danica's uncle, and spend a few days with him...

Santiago seemed so far off at first, and obviously was.  We did some calculating thus far, and found that we've traveled about 5500 miles, or 8800 kilometers since San Jose, Costa Rica, and wow, it's been a long way!

 

We stayed at her uncle Steve's apartment for 4 nights, and really had a great time.  He was an awesome guy with a ton of information to share.  I had been looking forward to meeting him for a while, and she hadn't seen him in a few years, so it was really a great visit....

Danica cooking at his place...
the view from his balcony



family feud...
We said bye to Steve, and headed to the airport, with all of our stuff, to meet up with my family...