Round the world in 90 days!

Travel time: December 2006 - March 2007  |  by Carolina Martinez

Santiago - The final Chapter (for now)

Our time in Santiago is coming to a close. I have had such an incredible experience here reacquainting myself with Chilean culture and getting to know my family (again). Julius has been an incredibly patient boyfriend, the language barrier at times has made it hard for him. I´m a very lucky girl!

Here are the last of our photos from Santiago . . .

making empanadas (I´m blaming these for my ever increasing waist-line)

making empanadas (I´m blaming these for my ever increasing waist-line)

As a stroke of luck, my brother Leo and his family were also visiting Chile this summer. I don´t get to see them much in Australia as they live in Brisbane so it was extra special to meet up with them here in Santiago.

Joanna (niece), Leo (brother), Sandra (sister-in-law) & Tia Mona

Joanna (niece), Leo (brother), Sandra (sister-in-law) & Tia Mona

Leo (nephew) and me

Leo (nephew) and me

Cono and Lorena (niece)

Cono and Lorena (niece)

What a great looking family, hey? From left to right: Tio Memo, Little Leo, Lorena, Big Leo, Sandra, Joanna, Cono, Tia Mona and yours truly.

What a great looking family, hey? From left to right: Tio Memo, Little Leo, Lorena, Big Leo, Sandra, Joanna, Cono, Tia Mona and yours truly.

As part of the whole winding up thing, we have been trying to spend as much quality time with everyone. Below are some photos from a dinner that we went to with my Tia Gaby and her tribe.

Now, on an earlier post I labelled a food as being a parrilla and I have since found that I was in fact wrong . . .

now THIS is a parrilla!

now THIS is a parrilla!

There is always time to dance . . .

There is always time to dance . . .

and take weird family shots in front of carts!

and take weird family shots in front of carts!

So, the night after our meat fest with Tia Gaby and co. we went out to yet another Chilean restaurant. We ate pastel de choclo (which I think gave Julius and I some sort of poisoning) and I walked in on a woman on the toilet. Apart from these slightly distressing incidents, we had a lot of fun.

Awwwww.

Awwwww.

Jo, Curly and Bob finally arrived. Julius and I were feeling a little fragile after riding the porcelain bus the night before but still managed to muster up a welcoming party!

Us with the new gringos in the airport carpark.

Us with the new gringos in the airport carpark.

We threw a bit of a party to welcome the gringos and also as a bit of a farewell for our last weekend in Santiago. There was plenty of food, pisco sour and of course, heaps of music!

Girls just wanna have fun

Girls just wanna have fun

Curly pretending to understand.  That´s right, just keep smiling!

Curly pretending to understand. That´s right, just keep smiling!

The boys dancing La Cueca (yes, that is Bobu in the foreground)!

The boys dancing La Cueca (yes, that is Bobu in the foreground)!

First we eat . . .

First we eat . . .

then we dance!

then we dance!

Ohhhhh, I wanna dance with somebody . . .

Ohhhhh, I wanna dance with somebody . . .

The gringos showing the Chileans how to dance Greek-style!

The gringos showing the Chileans how to dance Greek-style!

The kids showing the grown-ups how its really done.

The kids showing the grown-ups how its really done.

Yeahhhhh, I wanna dance with somebody . . . ooh!

Yeahhhhh, I wanna dance with somebody . . . ooh!

So, its chao for now to Santiago. Jo, Bobu, Curly, Julius and I (will have to come up with some sort of abbreviation)are off to Valparaiso then onward to the deep south of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. HOW EXCITING! I have promised my family that I will make a detour back to Santiago after our South American adventures although it will have to be sans Julius who has work commitments.

So no more family shots for a while!

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The trip
 
Description:
Julius and Carolina's dash around the globe. Let's see who will cross the finish line first . . .
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 10, 2006
Duration: 13 weeks
End of journey: Mar 07, 2007
Travelled countries: Thailand
Denmark
Spain
Chile
Argentina
Brazil
Uruguay
The Author
 
Carolina Martinez is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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