Monthly Archives: October 2016

Deserting The Coast

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31st Oct. 2016 Today is the first leg of our journey to the Atacama Desert but our bus is not until 2:20pm so we have time this morning to try and catch up with the blog writing and photo rating …

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A Spanish Lesson

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30th Oct. 2016 There is one extra vowel in the phrase doce y quince (12:15) over the phrase dos y quince (2:15). In my defence a) the ‘e’ & ‘y’ sounds are stuck together and so hard to pick up; …

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Can’t Wait To See The Sea

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29th Oct 2016 Having woken up for the third morning in a row with a headache, I cannot wait to see the sea as I will then have returned to sea level! That is some 240km away and 3,700m downhill …

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Dusty Roads

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28th October 2016 We say goodbye to the (un)glamorous Hotel Kukuli and start by retracing our steps from yesterday along the road to Bolivia. After an hour we turn off and although we are happy to avoid that huge queue …

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Just Us, Wildlife And Five Hundred Lorries

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27th Oct 2016 The sun refuses to come out from behind the cloud and it is surprisingly cold all morning. There were even icicles on the roadside and we all kept our fleeces on and hands in pockets when they …

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Into The Altiplano

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26th Oct. 2016 After all of the fuss around booking the trip – and aware that we had handed over a fair wodge of cash on trust – we were very pleased when promptly at 9am our driver, Benjamin, appeared. …

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What An Eiffel

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25th Oct. 2016 On reading up about Arica at coffee time, I discover that the cathedral was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel and is made entirely of stamped moulded cast iron shipped from Paris in the 1870s at the order …

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Making It Up As We Go Along

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24th Oct. 2016 In Mexico, working out how to get from A to B was pretty straight forward – A and B tended to be towns or cities and we had a choice of comfortable buses running between them. In …

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24 Hours In Tacna…

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23rd Oct. 2016 …and we unknowingly picked the day of the parade. In our planning, Tacna was just a stopover on our way to Chile. How wrong we were! We knew nothing about the place and expected just to pass …

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A Means To An End

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22nd Oct. 2016 When planning the South American section of this trip, we had two primary objectives – wine & steak in Argentina (obviously) and before that, exploring the north of Chile down to Santiago. Previously we had done the …

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