Hi everyone! As Steph and Vince mentioned in their blog, I have been given the honour of adding some of my thoughts while I join them on their journey. First, I have to say, those two are a fantastic pair and I couldn't have asked for better travel companions. I'm so lucky to be sharing this bit of their adventure with them. Thanks for having me, Team Luciani!
So, as I'm sure you've already gathered, Chile is a pretty amazing place and we are seeing things we've never seen before, and doing things we've never done. And yes, one of those things for me was an overnight bus. Now I'm not generally a nervous passenger but for some reason the idea of a double decker bus barrelling along one lane highways constantly passing other vehicles and basically feeling like a boat in a hurricane made it tough for me to relax. So, while Steph and Vince snored blissfully, I spent my time holding on for dear life and staring at the digital message board that continuously informed us of the speed at which the bus was travelling and which was set to beep whenever it went over 100 kph. Which it did. But we made it to La Serena alive and I've handled subsequent overnight buses no problem. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Chile isn't a place that I grew up feeling that I needed to visit but now that I have, I would recommend it to anyone. To be able to have great wine (a personal highlight, for those who know me), tour busy cities and ports with great artisan culture, walk along coastline, explore seemingly untouched valley floors and trek across vast expanses of sand dunes, desert, salt flats, and lagoons; it's a whole world in one country. And the people (and very well-fed street dogs!) are some of the friendliest I've met. The one area that we felt could use a bit of a boost was the cuisine, not exactly world-renowned, but that's just fine with me because everything else was absolutely stunning and next we are off to Peru, where the range of different climates lends itself to one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the world, so we've heard! I can't wait to explore the land that I has been on my bucket list since Grade 9 history class.
Bye for now!
The Third Musketeer