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Recuperating in Santiago de Chile

New Years Eve at the Hostal Alamo in Mendoza

New Years Eve at the Hostal Alamo in Mendoza

Lots of old french cars on the road in Mendoza

Lots of old french cars on the road in Mendoza

On the way to Chile

On the way to Chile

Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

BBQ time

BBQ time

Time to gain some weight

Time to gain some weight

And having lots of naps

And having lots of naps

Fel, Myriam and Paula

Fel, Myriam and Paula

Feli, Myriam and Maria

Feli, Myriam and Maria

Museo de la Memoria, Chile had its own September 11th in 1973 when democracy was suspended and people started to disappear

Museo de la Memoria, Chile had its own September 11th in 1973 when democracy was suspended and people started to disappear

Museo de la Memoria

Museo de la Memoria

Cathedral Santiago de Chile

Cathedral Santiago de Chile

Museo Chileno De Arte Precolombino

Museo Chileno De Arte Precolombino

Plaza de Armas in Santiago de Chile

Plaza de Armas in Santiago de Chile

Raffael and Jaqueline

Raffael and Jaqueline

Playing Chess on the Plaza

Playing Chess on the Plaza

Raffael

Raffael

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

We did not leave Mendoza on New Year’s Eve mostly because Heinz didn’t feel well enough to drive yet and my leg was still quite bruised and swollen. We stayed at our Hostel Alamo and celebrated the incoming New Year with a bunch of German people: Karen (from Munich) and Galina (from Hamburg) and Willy and Connie (both from Munich) and a family from Heidelberg. We had good food, great champagne at midnight and…of course a whole lot of fun!

Next morning we said good-bye to all our new German, sleepy-eyed friends and had a beautiful ride alongside snow-capped mountains to the Chilean border. There was barely any line-up and we thought that would be a quick procedure. Oh well, not so!! Too many booths we had to go to, lots of documents we had to fill out, then we filled out the wrong document, no… it had to be the “azul” (blue) one, which nobody could find, then there was a number missing on it. We had to go back from Chile into Argentina to get this number…the guy at the gate wouldn’t let us through not understanding that we were just coming from Argentina …VERY confusing and frustrating…again! I do have to remind myself that “it’s all part of the adventure”!!!

So back from cold and windy mountains down to the valleys of Chile into Santiago, which sits surrounded by mountains partly snow-capped as well, we rode. It is summer here and the weather is hot and dry.

We were unable to find Maria’s (my cousin) house ended up downtown and asked a cab driver, who put me on the line with Maria on his cellphone.

Then finally after almost, I think, 40 years we had a wonderful “re-union.” Funny, it seemed like we’ve just seen each other 3 months ago!! I got to meet parts of her family too: her husband Raffael (from Chile) her daughter Elisabeth with husband Didier(from Haiti) and daughter Isabella, her daughter Paula, and Myriam (friend and former neighbor, who used to babysit her children…now living with her Italian husband in Genova)) with her daughters Valentina and Jaqueline. They all welcomed us with open arms.

We’ve been staying with them almost a week now. My right leg wound from my bike accident almost 2 weeks ago opened up and got infected now. I finally saw a Doctor yesterday after treating it myself (with Maria, who is also a nurse!) unsuccessfully. They have put me on antibiotics and tomorrow they will debride (cut away some dead tissue) the wound a bit. Oh, to add more fun, I lost a filling last Sunday so I had to see the dentist, who is actually a friend of Maria and Raffael. (I don’t think that’s part of the adventure, or is it???)

Apart from some “health maintenance” Heinz also had to do some bike maintenance as well. New rear tire for my bike, front tire for his bike, oil change for all. After all was done, he came home with a punctured back tire (a small piece of metal wire was peaking out of the tire!) He found a specialist, who could fix it, thank God!

Hopefully I will see and feel some improvement with my leg over the weekend and by Monday we can continue our trip. It will be time to leave. We are being so well fed that we both have gained weight!

Feli

 

2 thoughts on “Recuperating in Santiago de Chile

  1. Curlie and Jan

    Good to hear from you – must admit that I was wondering if you had run into problems because you had not posted anything since the 30th .
    Feli , just a reminder from our experiences in community nursing ” respect any injuries that occur below the knee “.
    All well here – Kathy left Jeremy with the 2 girls and and today flew out for a week to visit Emily and Bill and meet her new nephew Ian . As I said to Curlie ” I wish I was a fly on the wall to watch them ” . Jeremy’s good friend Frank from Germany is in Ottawa for the week so he will be a big help .
    Take care and good travels, love Jan

  2. Auwi

    Hi Feli,
    ich wusste nicht, dass Du so eine “Schippe” (Foto) ziehen kannst. Ich drücke meine Daumen, dass Deine Wunde am Bein heilt. Auwi

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