We made it!
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It was a LONG day of traveling! Three and
a quarter hours in the rain, to get to the airport. Then a couple hour
flight to Toronto for a three hour layover. Parkour-Cub and Cub #1 sat
together. She drew him pictures of himself in the clouds. He really
liked being “up in the sky.” Cub #2 sat behind us on her own, and
talked to the guy next to her about iPods.
Little guy looked so proud of himself, dragging his little Thomas the
Tank Engine carry-on behind him through the immense (and immaculate)
Canadian international terminal. We found a Starbucks and spent an
amount of money you can only justify when you’re in an airport. The we
spread the Carro blanket on the floor and camped until it was time to
get on the long flight to Chile.
767 to Santiago was packed. I didn’t see an empty seat. But nearly
everyone was actually bound for Buenos Aires. The Toronto leg was
scheduled from 23:55 to arrive at about 11:30. I think we got in a
little early. It was a very bumpy flight, in addition to being long.
Cub #1 lost her lunch, and I came close! Good thing the little ones
were really good. They slept nearly all the way, and then woke happy
Santiago, we had Immigration all to ourselves. It’s still the
off-season, and the folks on the flight we came in on were nearly all
going on to Argentina. It must have been a really scenic flight over
the Andes at midday! It was beautifully clear today, and all the
mountains were snow-covered above the tree-line. The very tip of
Aconcagua was covered by a little cap of fluffy clouds. I almost
scrounged under the seat for a camera, but fatigue and motion sickness
got the better of me. We had to pay the $100 reciprocity fee for Baby
Cub, since she hadn’t been here before. Now we can all come and go for
free until it’s time to renew our Passports.
were out of Customs with our luggage nearly an hour before we expected
to be. But the van driver was there waiting for us. He must have been
watching the flight arrivals, and been aware we were early. The van
was a Hyundai H1, which is what we’re thinking of getting. So it was
almost like a test drive. Seemed like a nice vehicle. We had more
help than we needed getting stuff into the van and back out of it, and
into our room at La Sebastiana Apart-Hotel. Liberal tips all around.
apartment-style suite is great. mama-bear and I went out for
groceries, and stocked the fridge. There’s a good supermarket right
around the block. This isn’t an area of Santiago where we’ll need to
be particularly concerned about walking around. Las Condes is one of
the most patrician areas of the city. The sky is pretty clear today.
The mountains tower over the city. What a sense of perspective they
give the little skyscrapers!
a guy from Australia and his Chilean girlfriend while shopping. We
went around a corner and our little guy yelled out “Juice!” at the huge
selection of 2 liter bottles. A stranger smiled and said, “it’s SO
NICE to hear English!” He’s only been here three weeks. I wonder if
we’ll get to that point? Gotta get to work on Spanish first thing
The Duranzo (apricot) juice, fresh Pan (bread) and Paltas (avocados) I had when we returned from shopping made me think, “Yeah, we’re finally HERE!” As if those three things are the essence of Chile. It’s good to be back.