San Jose de Maipo
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Today I went on a trip that Jose had planned for me. Iâ€™m not sure whether heâ€™s trying to be helpful or just testing my endurance ;-) I caught a train, then had to change to another train, then find where the bus went from to visit a winery and then back to the train terminus to catch a â€ślocalâ€ť bus which eventually deposited me in San Jose de Maipo; no Iâ€™d never heard of it before either.
Jose and Luis have just arrived home, so Iâ€™ll leave the rest of this till next time.
I have a 7 am flight to Calama in the morning and will then go on to San Pedro. Donâ€™t expect that Iâ€™ll see wifi for a long time.
Well Iâ€™m now in San Pedro de Atacama and there is wifi in the reception and dining areas!! But back to Wednesday 15.
The tour was interesting and I came away with a souvenir glass; now thereâ€™s a challenge to get it back to Oz intact.
A lovely lady helped me on the busride back to Puento Alto when I had difficulty understanding why it was more expensive to go back to Puento Alto, than the outward trip had been. I enlisted this ladyâ€™s help to find where the local bus went to San Jose de Maipo. It took a little time as the bus stop was in a side street, and of course the lady didnâ€™t speak English, but soon after we got to the stop, the bus arrived and we were off. I was sitting about 2/3rds of the way down the bus and there was a guy at the back playing a guitar and singing in Spanish. He was very good and accepted donations when he was getting off the bus. I was sorry to see him go.
I checked that the last stop was San Jose, got off at the terminus and then had to walk back a few blocks to the restaurant recommended by Jose.
Iâ€™m so glad that I speak a little Spanish as it is making the trip a little easier, although there is always a trap when asking a question as the other person rattles off an answer and I have little idea what they are saying.