My Parents are Coming, My Parents Are Coming!
It’s Tuesday afternoon and I’m heading to Santiago to pick up my parents, who are tomorrow morning. Very excited that they came to visit, and their time here will include a trip to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and my 50th birthday. We have a very special live streaming even planned for my birthday, announcement coming soon.
As for me, I get to negotiate my way around without being able to lean on Cecile, which is a good thing, and spend a night in the airport Holiday Inn, which is supposed to be very nice. We can only afford it because I’m a Priority Club member and we’re using most of our points to make the room very affordable. Otherwise rooms are well over $200 American a night, and that wasn’t happening.
Right now I’m on the bus waiting to leave. I feel so above it all here.
It’s 4:02 now, so I’m guessing we’re not leaving at the scheduled 4:01. Oops, but here we go, so I guess I shouldn’t make fun. That’ll teach me … NOT.
Hope they get the air going because it’s hot and stuffy in here.
And now I know one thing I forgot, earbuds. Hope that’s the most important thing I left behind.
And the air is on, oh joy.
As you can see, I’m kind of live blogging this even though I won’t be able to post until I have hotel wifi, hopefully in a couple of hours.
As we leave Viña, passing through territory I know, some of the good already on this trip: I got to the station less than 15 minutes before the next bus; I have a window seat;
Ooh, red one (that’s for Cecile and Joel)
I don’t have a seat mate; I had time to get a coke (always ordered as Coca Cola here, never shortened); and WordPress for iOS is working properly so far, saving my updates to the device for later uploading.
Cecile had let me know that you can see the fire damage from the Viña fire a few weeks ago, so I had the iPhone camera ready at what I figured would be the right time. I was right, so here are some pics. Wow, and this was small compared to the Valpo fire.
Oh good, they’re showing Elysium again, so I can watch once again trying to translate the subtitles an not hearing any sound. From what I saw the first time (on the way to La Serena) it might be better this way, and honestly I don’t think anything was lost in the lack of translation.
A note on the buses: we’ve both mentioned it before but it’s worth repeating, the buses are THE way to get around Chile. Since the interstates came in there is essentially no train travel, but the buses are as nice. Comfy seats, some recline to almost beds, movies and radio (if you bring you earbuds, d’oh!) and snacks worthy of airplane food if you upgrade on longer trips.
Made it to Pajaritas with no problems, and believe I am in the correct place to catch the bus to the airport. If I was supposed to buy a ticket ahead of time, I might be in trouble. Time will tell.
And we’re good. Just a couple of minutes wait, pay on the bus and we’re on our way.
At the hotel and it’s very nice. Except there’s no cell reception ad the wifi isn’t working with my phone in my room. So I’ve set up shop in the bar, ordered a drink and dinner, and trying to accomplish stuff like finishing this post here. Will have to try and get the room wifi fixed or I’ll be annoyed.