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View from the hill over Valparaiso's port, cool huh

The good news for this day was that the rain finally cleared in Valaparaiso so I did get to explore the city a bit before I left!  I awoke in my hostel "Luna Sonrisa" and had a great breakfast in the communcal area, I was so happy to awake to some actual sunshine, the rain did have the plus of clearing away the pollution giving a great view of the Andes, and enabling me to enjoy the scenic view of this cool little port town nestled between the mountains.

I made my way to Museo la Sebastiana Pablo Neruda's house which was one of the 'things to do' suggested by many a guidebook.  He was a Chilean poet that won the Nobel Prize back in 1971, and was supposed to have a quite a quirky house.  The walk up to the house was fantastic, giving great views of the coloured houses on the hills, and the fantastic scene looking out over the port, but the house itself was nothing special in my opinion.

So many colourful houses
  A tight staircase here, some nice paintings there and the occasional embalmed bird, but nothing spectacular really. 

Afterward I wandered down to 'Museo al Cielo Abierto' which is actually just a bunch of 'murale grande' (big murals) along the streets which was worth seeing.  I completed the lap back to the hostel through the main city, which is just busy and horrible lime most cities.

The real adventure for the day was in taking the hostel's advice to hike a few blocks with my backpack in tow and catch the 142 bus down to the bus station.  This bus driver seemed to accelerate and decelerate while speeding downhill with complete disregard for any of us poor souls in the back. I mean why would you drive safely when thereĀ“s schoolkids getting on the bus! Just to bring it closer to being an amusement park ride, I had my backpack strapped to my back and my daypack by one hook across my chest, so I had to balance quite acrobatically to avoid hitting any other passengers.

There's a street musuem with lots of murals too
  One poor guy did get whipped in the face by my daypack with the first lurch of the bus, so I somehow managed to get the second hook to avoid an international incident :)  A 'lo siento' (I'm sorry) late, we continued careening down the hill in a scene that made the car-chase from Ronin look piss-easy, it all became a bit saner at the bottom of the hill where we were entertained by street vendors trying to hock their goods every few blocks.  First some pencils, then some chocolate bars, then some more pencils, or the expanded franchise of pens :) I wonder if this bus trip is indicative of things to come....

So after the bus adventure, I made it back to Santiago airport in late afternoon and unfortunately now had to bide my time to an early morning flight :(  There was really no point going all the way in to Santiago, and the hotels near the airport cost about $100 a night so napping on the airport seats was the winner.

Baggage handling at Santiago airport must be a nightmare!
The intial hour or so was spent scouting the various locations suggested by sleepinginairports.com, but I managed to find the rarity of a set of 4 seats with cushions (honest to god cushions I tell ya!) away from the crowds, but near security so that gave me a few hours kip throughout the night (with the blessing of eyeshades that Qantas gave me at the start of the trip, I knew they'd be handy!) 

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View from the hill over Valparaiso…
View from the hill over Valparais…
So many colourful houses
So many colourful houses
Theres a street musuem with lots …
There's a street musuem with lots…
Baggage handling at Santiago airpo…
Baggage handling at Santiago airp…
My bed for the night.  Check out t…
My bed for the night. Check out …
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