Onward and Southward
Punta Arenas Travel Blog› entry 25 of 71 › view all entries
Although I didn't sleep for an obscene amount of time (only 8 hours instead of the desired 14 or so), it was sufficiently rewarding to finally sleep alone in a private room - free from snoring, shuffling, headlamps, whispering, wierd smells, etc. And in a strange way, there was also some comfort in being back somewhere familiar, i.e., in "my room" at Erratic Rock.
After waking, I went down and enjoyed the hearty breakfast that Bill and Rustyn provide - omlette, cereal, and most of all some outstanding homemade sweet bread! Sabrosisimo!
As I retrieved my stuff I had stored at Erratic Rock while in the Torres del Paine park, I realized how much stuff I really did bring - despite my phase 1 and phase 2 packing. I still have too much stuff.
Anyway, I packed up, signed the guest book, bid my farewells to Bill and Rustyn, and walked up the street to board my bus to Punta Arenas. The bus trip would be about 4 hours. Normally, that distance would be no trouble at all. Unfortunately, I was still feeling pretty miserable so I was not really looking forward to the trip.
The bus ride to Punta Arenas was pretty noneventful, as you might imagine. It was hot and stuffy though, which made me reflect on my illness. It is a huge bummer (I'm writing this a few days later and still feel awful), and I know a lot of you are probably thinking to yourselves, "Well that figures, because Dan is always getting sick."
I will always contest that statement, or at least try to justify why I have the cold or flu in a particular case.
I have not really been out partying, or staying up late, or sitting around in wet clothes, or walking around without warm socks on. Upon reflection, I have decided that my mode of travel and choice of accommodations has not been very hygenic, which I think is a main contributor to my getting sick. On Navimag boat, I was sleeping in the tiniest of bunk rooms with very little - ok NO - circulation. One of my bunkmates was coughing. In Torres del Paine, each of the 5 nights I was in a bunk room with 5 or 7 other people...and different people each night. On both excursions, I was sharing bathrooms that, well, you can use your imagination on the state of the banos. I won't even go into the food, or more importantly the dishes used in preparation, serving, and consumption.
So while I have been a bit lonely at times during this trip - I realize I have not been alone - I have been in the company of a gazillion germs! At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. The danger is that these circumstances will make it very difficult to get well. Only time will tell.
Anyway, back to my trip. I arrived in Punta Arenas in the afternoon, as was delighted by the hospitality and warm reception offered to me by Alejandro and his family at Hostal La Estancia. This was a very homey house (old mansion?) that had been converted into a hostel. Aside from the free and blazing fast internet, other highlights were clean bathrooms, hot showers, and great background music in the common area!
That afternoon, I just relaxed at the hostel taking advantage of the internet access to post my stories, pics, and videos from Torres del Paine.
Later that evening, I headed out to dinner at La Luna, spoiling myself with Chupe de Centollas (the horribly-bad-for-me King Crab stew), ensalada mixta, water, and a glass of white wine. Not sure why this was called Chupe de Centollas and the other crab stew was Chupe de Jaiva. Maybe a different kind of crab. This version was fresher tasting than previous dish I had in Frutillar.
Jann from Australia met me at La Luna later for an helado (ice cream). Turns out, she is also sick so we discussed theories behind our illness, as well as remedies. She had performed accupuncture on herself prior to meeting me tonight, and she said that made her fell better.
Thanks Jann, but I do NOT think I'll be trying that... :)