Chile > Valparaíso
Even though we only traveled 2hrs north, Valparaiso seems a million miles away from Santiago. It's a beautiful little city with bundles of character. Built upon hills, the lower part of the city buzzes with locals going about their daily routine while the "next level" can be accessed by funicular lifts. This newer residential part of the city that spreads across the hillsides slowly strolls about in its chilled out and peaceful vibe. Graffiti wraps itself in every nook and cranny here, but the majority being art; clever and beautiful (just look at the picture above!) with only few defacing "tags" dotted around.
As the city goes up into the hills, the houses reminded us of the photo's taken not long ago of the Favela´s in Rio - the sea pleasantly reflects the bright sun and the colourful buildings looking like those in Boca > Buenos Aires, creating a rainbow backdrop. Even though there were other things to do/visit, we just couldn't drag ourselves away and continued living like a cat for the day, finding a warm sunny spot and relaxing until the next sunny spot called our names.
Unfortunately my bites had gotten worse but a day like we had was perfect.
We were due to leave for north Chile the next day, or so we had planned. Come 7pm with no buses available at all, and only one thing on my mind, Nick calmly suggested we go back to Mendoza. It was only 7hrs away, the buses were frequent and I was getting so worked up about my bites (Paranoid they were on me - I was taking them in my bag - The bites would last weeks - Having to cover every inch of myself for feeling dirty - Worried about transferring them from hostel to hostel etc etc) it seemed like the best option, or in fact our only option if we weren't to spend the night sitting in a bus station McDonalds trying to keep warm with the local homeless.
Our Chile experience whizzed by so quickly we were saying hello and goodbye in the same breath - but we certainly won't be forgetting it for a long long while...
Lots of Love XXX