Penguins, Shoes and Stars
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November 30th, 2009 – by: lukeandsarah
Sunday was spent in a bus to a small fishing town, where we caught a boat with a dozen others into the Humboldt Penguin reserve. Good couple of hours cruising the waves to find sealions and the penguins on an island. Humboldt penguins are very small and constantly look like they're lost or don't know what they're doing, or at least that's how it appeared to us.
Monday morning Sarah made a pair of shoes, as you do. We were staying at a fun little guesthouse in La Serena that had a resident cobbler called Pancho and his workshop. I had been hoping that we would head off to Vicuña mid morning, but as Sarah was busy hammering, dying and glueing, I just had to wait. It was fascinating to see the process from start to finish - Pancho measured feet, cut the soles and straps before it was over to Sarah.
Finally made it to Vicuña by 3pm and grabbed a completo for lunch (hot dog smothered in tomato, mayo and guacamole). 8pm Monday evening we were at the office of Observatorio Cerro Mamalluca waiting for a shuttle bus to take us to the observatory. Full moon meant that observing stars wasn't as easy as normal, but didn't stop us from seeing some pretty cool stuff. Our guide had an answer to any and every question we could think of and enjoyed using the main computer controlled telescope to show us Jupiter (and 3 of its moons), a nebula, Alpha Centauri (nearest star to the Sun) and the moon.
And that's about us so far. The journey continues south, next stop Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.
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