Santiago, Chile - Back to Santiago to catch our flight to the other side of the world!!!!

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Santiago, Chile - Our buddy, Francisco

Things are winding down in our trip around Latin America!!

We’ve made it back to Santiago just in time to take our flight to New Zealand!!  Well that’s what we thought anyways!!

Silly us, we were thinking we would just stroll up to the ticket counter and purchase our plane tickets just like that!  Nope, that’s not what happened!! 

Luckily though, Francisco, the guy who picked us up along the road and gave us a lift to Santiago, came through for us!!!  This time we owe a BIG thank you to Pancho and his family for the super hospitality shown to us!!  ¡Gracias amigo!  :)

So, getting to Santiago was a piece of cake .

Santiago, Chile - Pancho and his bro
. . getting out was different!!  :(

Since we got into Santiago pretty late, we figured we wouldn’t be able to catch any flight flying to Auckland, New Zealand that day, so what now??!!  All we could do was . . . WAIT!!!

Lucky for us, Pancho offered to put us up that night, and saved us from having to crash at the airport!!

I can’t believe we seriously expected to just roll up to the airport and buy our tickets just like that!!  We ended up having to stay a few more days in the capital before finally being able to take off!!

And again we were saved because our buddies, Philippe, Carlos, and Shannon let us crash at their place during those extra few days!!

We did, however, end up having to sleep at the airport for one night, after all!!  And it was all my fault!!  :(  There was a bit of a mix-up with our plane tickets, and so we had no other choice, but to crash here!!

There we were at the check-in counter filled with excitement that we were finally gonna be beginning a new adventure .

Santiago, Chile - Juanny, Arnaud & Francisco & his mommy!!
. . Nope!!  The young lady just informed us that the tickets we had reserved via the Internet hadn’t been paid for yet, so we wouldn’t be able to get on that flight to NZ!!!  Oh no!!

Apparently, I had made a little mistake while buying our tickets online and hence the reason why we’d have to spend the night at the airport!!  Hey, another first for us!!

Still, it’s a good thing I did mess up the ticket purchase because it saved us some hassle in the long-run!  You see, we didn’t know that we couldn't travel to NZ on a one-way ticket, and that’s what I had bought!!  Silly me!

Fortunately, everything got squared away, and the following day we were on the next plane to New Zealand!!  A new experience having to sleep at the airport, and now a very LONG flight to the other side of the world!!!

Traveling around Latin America these past 8 months was incredible!  The beauty of each country, the warmth of its people, the cultures and traditions .

Santiago, Chile - Jan & Arnaud having a Chilean favorite, a "Completo", none other than a hotdog with tomatoes, avocado, and of course your sauces!
. . all this and more, will always be cherished in our memories!!!  We’ve had unforgettable experiences here in America Latina, and we look forward to the new adventures to come!!!

Up next, New Zealand!!!!!!!!!!

Voilà, c’est fait, les Amériques sont derrière nous.

Ça fait 8 mois que l’on voyage à travers tous ces pays, toutes les personnes que l’on a rencontré. Toutes ces personnes qui nous ont aidé, qui nous ont hébergé.

C’est juste incroyable et je les remercierais jamais assez !!

J’ai maintenant un nouveau concept de l’hospitalité et de la générosité.

Santiago, Chile - Entrance at the Santa Lucía Hill

Je n’arrive toujours pas à croire que tout c’est bien passé sans embuches, sans gros problèmes et j’espère surtout que ça va continuer comme cela !!

Je suis vraiment très fier d’avoir fait cette moitié de voyage avec ma belle, car c’est tout de même grâce à Juanita que je vis ce voyage, que j’ai vu et visité toutes ces merveilles donc je te remercie à toi pour tout.

Donc au revoir Amérique et nous voilà Nouvelle Zélande!!!

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