Goodbye South America!!
17.03.2013 27 °C
Our last day in South America! Where has the last 8 weeks gone? It's been more amazing than I expected and I am more than a little sad to be leaving. But we have another few countries to go yet so we're excited too.
We were supposed to be leaving our apartment at 12 noon today but thankfully they let us keep it until we needed to leave for the airport later this evening. We made the most of the good weather and spent the afternoon by the pool.
We went to use the Internet to check our emails before we left but the cafe wasn't open - actually nothing much was open on a Sunday in Santiago - so we went to McDonalds and bought a drink so we could sit and use their wifi. We met an old couple from Gloucestershire in there who just arrived in Santiago and must have thought McDonalds was a safe bet. I bet they don't go to McDonalds much in England though! They were going on a cruise of Chile and Argentina from Valparaiso and after just coming in from a long flight (maybe around 16 hours?) they told us we were definitely doing the right thing travelling while we're young, while the we can bounce back from the jet lag and move around easily. I definitely feel we've done the right thing, we've seen and done some incredible things here, and hopefully like them, we'll be lucky enough to do more right through to our 70s!
We said goodbye to them and went for our lunch at a restaurant across the road. I can't remember the name of the place, maybe red bar, but we had some awesome hot sandwiches - I had pork, avocado, tomato and cheese and Andrew had steak and cheese - and fries with a hot pepper relish, all washed down with a beer to toast our two months in South America.
We had just enough money after that to get the tube and a bus to the airport - we had about 500 pesos (70p) left! The flight was a little delayed, but nothing major given it was a 13 hour flight anyway, then after dinner and seeing Skyfall for the first time, I fell asleep around 2am Santiago time.