A conglomeration of Punta Arenas, Chile! Dec 21-23, 2013

Our bedroom faced east, but we weren't sure what time was sunup, because the sun was always shining thru the blinds in our room when we awoke, and we're up early!  There have been some evenings when we'd look at a clock and wonder how it could be so late (after 10 pm), and then we realized it seemed earlier than it was because it was still light outside!  With approx 16 hours of daylight in this austral summer spot, our internal clocks were off kilter.  Look at it this way, it gave us more daytime hours to roam!

One view from our bedroom windows.  Cemented-in Rio de las Minas (River of Mines) flows between the chain link fencing in foreground and background, into The Straight of Magellan.  Some water flowed while we were in town, but not much.  I imagine (since it's controlled) flooding could be a problem.  It was easy to find our place, if we were turned around by all the Avenidas -- all we had to do was follow the river!   

 Cheerful-looking king-sized bed.  Very comfy!

 Jimmy did his homework.  This is a Chilean 220V outlet; that's the current they use.  Our 120V electrical stuff definitely won't fit this outlet!  So...

... Jimmy bought a global adapter from Brookstone before we left home, w/ seven built-in plug configurations.  This is my hair dryer plug, with the adapter on.  Worked like a charm.  The man is a wizard w/ electrics!

 This robin look-a-like is an Austral Thrush (Turdus falcklandii).  Acted just like a robin, but it had a sweet, sweet voice!

 What a lovely front yard.  Look at the size and colors of the lupines.  Good job, homeowner!

 Curious about this?  The city doesn't supply trash cans as know them.  This is a Punta Arenas trash container.  Cutest one we saw.

 Nothing dull about these places!

 This is such a windy city that a permanent trash container would work best if it could be closed, like this one.  Certainly we saw litter in the city, and most of the curbside trash containers had no tops.

So, we're walking along, as we do every day, and round a corner to see this in a window!  I nearly fainted.  Patagonia is known for both its beef and lamb.  On the way from the airport to town, we saw a large Standard Wool company, and wool products are a mainstay in stores.  Wool is a good insulator for a cold climate!  But... no way was I going to eat lamb!

Instead, we enjoyed a fabulous lunch at this restaurant (no lamb).  Jimmy and I were the first customers, and we wondered if we'd be alone.  By the time we left, every table in every room was taken.  We learn a little each time we interact with Spanish-speaking people.  Today we learned that if you want what is advertised on the sign out front of the restaurant, you simply say, "menu."  Last time I was asked if I wanted the menu, I said, yes, and waited to be handed a menu.  It isn't "the daily special," it's simply menu.  Or, just point!

We drink a lot of water, especially since we're out walking every day.  But restaurants in Central/South America do not automatically thump down a glass of water w/ ice in front of you, like we're used to in the states (how much of that precious water is wasted?).  If you want water in Chile, you buy it in a plastic bottle.  That kinda goes against the grain if you're trying to "reduce your carbon footprint."  We always carry our own water bottles, but - by gum! - we'd drink it and run out.  It's hard to carry around more than 12 ounces of water each, so we did the best we could to avoid using more plastic.  The tap water in our little ApartHotel was delicious.  When we'd come in, water first, shoes off second (sometimes the other way around).

Then, Jimmy announced that he had a terrible sore throat, and when we came in from exploring, he curled up on that comfy bed and slept for a while.  His nose is stopped up, too.  I asked him if he wanted to take a taxi or a bus to San Isidro Lighthouse the next day, but he said, no, he just didn't feel up to it.  He must be sick! He'd go out of his way to visit a lighthouse!  OK, no problem.  We'll slip into our Easy Does It mode.


  1. Being sick while traveling is the pits ... I know that from first hand experience. Have you considered a camel bak for your travels. We have the kind that has storage compartments, but they also come as just a bladder that you put on like a backpack ... plenty of water and keeps your hands free ... and best of all, no plastic bottles.

    1. Hey, thanx, Erin! We have a camel bak -- just didn't know we'd need it. We'll plan better next time. :-)

  2. Erin, what a good idea! Might be taking a look at those things.... with pockets of course.... Ruthie/Nickie, you should, too. WONDERFUL pictures! Those "trash barrels" were very interesting! love from la hermana.


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