Puerto Natales – Puerto Montt
Marta (a spanish doctor from Barcelona) and Pedro (the lawyer from alicante) from the excursion where also on board. We had some nice chats and stuck most of the time together. As the weather was no good I stayed most of the time inside working with my Video to Brain photoshop movies. Food was good, I helped Julio with his spanish and took it easy (Humberto where are you, need your connection to San Pablo for good weather).
Looking now forward to meet Rosa for the Dia de la Patria buuuut, in the TV there appeared on 17.September that 120km off Vina del Mar to the north there was around 19:30 an earth quake with 8.4 on the Richter. As we had no signal on board I do not have any idea neithere whether Rosa and her family is well, nor whether Arturo and his family who is located closer to the epicenter are well.
Allday long on 17the in the tv they talked about the earthquake … so far 9 deads
Arrove in Puerto Montt and it all seems ok with flights and in Rancagua. So I tried to find in the morning an open Pub but due to the Dia de la Patria nothing was open, so I decided to directly go to the airport, hoping to find there a WIFI.
At the airport only the WIFI in the VIP lounge was usable so I payed around 16 Euros to get in and had there some wine and could work with the Internet. Did chat with Rosa and there everything is fine. Took my flight to Stgo. On time and took the connection to the Turbus Terminal in Stgo and from there then the bus to Rancagua.
In Rancagua Rosa picked me up and we went to their family. There I got her room to stay and everybody joined for a dinner at the home of the parents. Gustavo, Nancy, Esteban, Nelson, Rosa, Maria (the mother) and briefly Jose (the father). Also uncle, aunt and a nevew wiht his swedish girlfriend. We had a alot of fun and sat there until midnight or so.
We had an easy start breakfast with fruit, juice, ham and cheese. After that Nelson and Rosa showed me around the city center with a lot of history. Wow its already some days ago so I do not remember everything. We went to the Media Luna (the arena where the rodeos are) and I had my first Terremoto (white wine – sweet – with Pinapple ice – even sweeter). I thought it is more folclore but it was more or less like octoberfest in Munich
We went up afterwards to the Copper Family and there some people celebrated the dia de la patria on her car. Strange but somehow nice.
For cenar again a lot of food .. hmpf … but ricoooo .. Maria is really cooking well creo gain some kilos here. Again in the family circle.
Next day again a late start and we went up to a famous hotel near the mines, together with a niece of Rosa (Ignacia, daughter of Esteban). Had here easy time and behaved like kids ;o). Had a coffee or my first Pisco Sour and returned to home, where Gustavo was a bit disappointed as he did the BBQ and we had been late ;o((. Again food food food .. (I guess I could fall in love with Rosa, but we are both Alphas and I guess it would end in murder-- :o((..)
Late again ;o) … we went to see Rosas Bauplatz and later we had a coffee and tea in the mountains with some nice views. Like it very much, and I guess I have a hard time to leave. At the evening we sat together with the whole family and as we had been much earlier then the other days the father joined as well and I could ask him about the history of mining and other things. He knows a lot of things, but suddenly he disappeared again. I guess he has his routine and doesnt like people around so much at night.