Well, we’ve fallen a bit behind on the blog posts, haven’t we? Here’s a quick update since we last posted.
We ended up staying in Mendoza more than a couple days. I think it ended up being more like 8 or 9 days. Hard telling. The vino flow was on me, constantly. We were all a little dazed.
During the time in Mendoza we went through 2 hostels, ate too many empanadas, and I went rock climbing once, only to determine it was far too cold to be productive. Apparently it’s winter down here.
We had one casualty. A full glass of wine was accidentally thrown at full speed, and unfortunately missed it’s target (which I think may have been me) and landed on my computer. My Macbook is now completely dead. This was a devastating loss as there was no Apple tech service available in all of Argentina.
The lack of rock climbing and loss of my computer finally prompted our departure from Mendoza, across the Andes mountains into Chile, where we hoped to find an Apple tech service and something to do other than drink.
Over the Andes we went, just missing a big snow storm. I really need to get new front tires for the van. These roads are starting to make me nervous.
Crossing into Chile this time, we made sure to have all of our paper work in order. I emptied my secret hiding spot of all things “illegal” but Kiki’s stash wasn’t so fortunate. They confiscated a whole bag of meds from her ’emergency’ kit.
This was the first time since we left the United States that we officially declared Kiki as a passenger. Mixed feelings. At least they let us in.
After spending way too much money on lodging in Santiago, we found a Mac store where they told me the logic board was fried. Joy. I commandeered Stevie’s Mac, bought a new one online to pick up in the States, and came up with a repayment plan for the damages.
When I asked Stevie what she thought a massage was worth, she said $50, not knowing I meant she would be the masseuse. She tried to change her answer to $1000, but it was too late. She owes me 42 back rubs. That is our current state of affairs.
I couldn’t get out of that city fast enough. We decided to head to Pichilemu, the #1 surf town in Chile. The surf forecasts looked promising, and we were hoping for cheaper accommodations.
We arrived to a beautiful point break lit up with 10 foot faces. We found an amazing deal on a self-contained bungalow right on the beach. Yep, probably gonna be here for a spell.
Soleil’s Global Citizen Diary
1) 10/9/2012 – Born in Lima, Peru (remember)
2) 12/14/2012 – 2 months old, entered USA (remember)
NA) 2/8/2013 – 4 months old, entered Chile, stamped in but rejected at the border (remember)
3) 4/14/13 – 6 months old, entered Bolivia (remember)
4) 6/2/13 – 8 months old, entered Argentina (remember)
5) 6-23-13 – 8 months old, entered Chile (for real this time)