Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Cybercruise memories - Chile and Argentina 1993

Easter 1993 was the first time we did visit Chile and Argentina. Ten days. Most people thought we were crazy. When travelling from Norway to Chile, you had to stay away for at least 4-5 weeks, we were told. Well, we have been there 4 times since. On Vacation. Those who said 4-5 weeks, are still waiting for their chance to go. If they ever do it. 2 1/2 weeks are our record. So far. Beeing as far north as possible (North of Arica) down to south of Puerto Montt - the fishing capital.

Carpe diem, we say. My dust blowing in the wind does not give me an experience of a Lifetime. So, I travel alive.So here we are, telling tales (Anna, Mats and me in the Pyrenees, Massif Malladeta, Spain). What we tell is the thruth.

Hope my readers will excuse me for posting more than 1 photo. I do as much as my back allow me to for the moment, and we will be away the rest of the Easter. And I'm off to my good friend in Vence, also visting another friend in Menton. Cross my fingers for my grrrr back.

PS. All pictures are scanned from slides... (and not "touristique")
Since we are on a cruise, and this is down memory lane, let's start with this picture of Anna and a Japanese, young woman, that in 1993 travelled alone in South America for nearly 3 months. As good backbackers at that time, we helped her to have a seat on the bus to Santiago to Chile. Over the high Andes. This photo is taken outside the Argentinian customs. We learned a lot during our bus-trip to Santiago.

The old Spa at Puente del Inca, Argentina, on the main road between Santiago and Mendoza. The colours are as they are. It's really hot springs with lot's of healthy minerals. Many Aconcagua (highest mountain in the Americas) expeditions starts/ends here. Be aware, if you stay overnight here, the bus companies charge you full price Mendoza-Santiago. And you need to walk upwards about 45 minutes to catch up the bus another day. May have changed since 1993. Our first Pampmas beef was eaten here. In Mendoza. More or less demostated by an earthquake in 1964 (?). The city is beautiful. If you have the slightest interest in Winetasting. End of February is recommended.We had to stay waiting for 4 hours for Customs in Chile. At more than 2800 meters above sealevel (abouit 9000 feet). It was chilly. Around freezing point. Easter 1993 it was thousands upon thousands that went from Argentina down to Chile, Viña del Mar and North, to have a seaside Vacation.
Our first meeting with the Pacific Ocean. Chile. We came there by accident. Went wrong around Santiago. But we would not have missed this view. Llo-Llo. South-West of Santiago.Along the memory lane: Do you remember the "street-photographers"? Instant photos. This one is taken inside Mercado Central in Santiago de Chile. If you happens to be in Santiago, don't miss it. And have lunch there. We had an unforgetable lunch. And a service out of this planet.;))Santiago de Chile was founded here, at Plaza des Armas (1541 - if I recall). It was a hard time both for the Spanish immigrants and the locals - for many years to come. The Plaza is very beautiful and is situated - as you should understand - in the "old" town. We both feel at home in Santiago de Chile. And need to go back. On our Silver-wedding perhaps.

Some Easter memories - shared with you - fellow cruisers. Hope you enjoyed.

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Anonymous Captain Crazy Lifecruiser said...

Ahhh.... Now you made it again.... Now I wanna go to Chile and Argentina even more than I wanted before.... *dreamy sigh*

Though it won't be backpacking for me - not with my back.

Mr L has a tough travelling life with me, he has to carry our bags... The poor man has developed a bad back too in the mission.

You know, Mar has her family back in Santiago I believe, it's a pity she is away now!

I'll swing my magic stick so your back will hold while you're away now!

Happy Easter :-)

April 05, 2007 1:25 am  
Blogger Bluepaintred said...

thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

April 05, 2007 2:00 am  
Blogger Shionge said...

This is wonderful trip Toraa, I've never been to South America and yes what a trip indeed!

Have a wonderful weekend pal!

April 05, 2007 2:31 am  
Blogger Fleur de Lisa said...

You are so right Tor, Carpe Diem. I have heard wonderful things about Chile.

Your photos are so wonderful. I hope you rest your back and have a most enjoyable trip.

April 05, 2007 2:51 am  
Blogger Irish Church Lady :) said...

Lovely visit to Chile! I have heard Chile and Argentina are the loveliest South American countries.

What a coincidence that you were there at Easter time too!

I have never been to anywhere in South America, although my parents lived in Venezuela for a couple of years and my oldest sister was born there.

I can empathize about your back. Take care and have a Happy Easter!

April 05, 2007 3:12 am  
Anonymous Rav`N said...

that picture of the pacific is gorgeous. thanks for sharing your memories. Chile sounds awesome

April 05, 2007 4:00 am  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Beauty pictures and memories. How brave you are to go so far away and to a country so different than yours!

April 05, 2007 4:36 am  
Blogger Amber said...

How could you possibly apologize for posting more than one picture...and wonderful ones at that?! You've captured a region of the world I'd love to explore and I was so happy to do it at least vicariously. :-)

April 05, 2007 4:53 am  
Blogger RennyBA said...

You said it right Tor; Carpe Diem! Thanks for taking us with down this memory lane. Now I really want to take my wife on the same trip - maybe a silver-wedding trip too:-)
Hope your back is getting better soon and me and Diane wish you and your family a Happy Easter Holiday!

April 05, 2007 9:11 am  
Anonymous chase said...

That is so nice. I heard from friends that Chile is a fantastic getaway

April 05, 2007 9:28 am  
Blogger Ginnie said...

Memories are what life is made of, Tor. Thanks for sharing yours!

April 05, 2007 10:34 am  
Anonymous regina said...

Glad Påsk!
Beautiful photos and i do remember the days of instant photos (that was about the early 90's?),lol!

April 05, 2007 1:51 pm  
Blogger lime said...

what wonderful pictures and memories too!

prayers for a quick recovery for your back. i really know how miserable it can be.

April 05, 2007 3:59 pm  
Blogger Luna said...

Yep!! My parents are chileans,now they live here with me.
They will go to Chile in December to visit the grandparents.
See you!!

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April 05, 2007 11:55 pm  
Blogger Karen said...

Wow, great photos. The beach is so beautiful.

Have a great day!

April 06, 2007 3:00 am  
Anonymous aka R'acquel said...

Thank you for sharing TorrAa. The colours of this land are really breathtaking!

April 06, 2007 12:27 pm  
Blogger Pasticciera said...

What great Photos and memories. I'm with you, Carpe Diem!
Happy Easter! Hope your back improves soon!

April 06, 2007 11:33 pm  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Thanks for the Easter tour of South America, Tor, loved the colours of that spa, amazing!

Have a wonderful Easter, you, Anna and the cats.

April 07, 2007 10:39 am  
Blogger Sanni said...

I don´t want to visit Argentina and Chile... I NEED to =)

Happy Easter to you and yours - let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits!


April 08, 2007 1:56 pm  
Blogger A. said...

How wonderful. The nearest we've been was to Mexico which was fantastic too, so much so, we've been three times, exploring the different areas.

Have a great time!.

April 09, 2007 8:53 pm  
Blogger mar said...

Wondeful post TorAa!!! now I am all nostalgic and craving a pisco sour (or two *wink*)

April 20, 2007 6:23 pm  

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