It is hard to believe that I am in a different country (p.s. Noah, it is really hard to type on your computer because all of the keys are messed up and I cannot find the apostrophe. I guess I will not use any contractions).
Now let us see if I can recap what has happened so far.
Our flight left Minneapolis at around 5:30 on Thursday evening. Right as we were taxiing to the terminal, my glasses broke and the screw fell on the floor. Zach used his super awesome powers to find it and pick it up off the floor of the airplane! Then we had the problem of trying to get the screw back in the glasses. We ended up going to a sunglasses store at the Atlanta airport and asking them for help. After FINALLY fixing it...I ended up putting tape on the glasses anyways.
(Elizabeth just helped me to fix my keyboard situation. Contractions away!)
After finding our seats on the flight, we spent the next 9 or so hours in the air! My hands and feet seemed to swell way up and I had a hard time moving around when I was wedged in the middle of the plane. It was an interesting experience to say the least. They played 3 movies on our flight, but I was asleep for all of them. They also fed us 2 meals - some kind of chicken concoction for supper, and a little egg mcmuffin type thing in the morning soon before we landed.
Noah was going to meet us outside shortly after 9:30, which gave us enough time to pay the reciprocity fee, go through immigration, and go through customs. I thought they were going to steal my peanut butter and brown sugar (gifts for Noah), but they just opened my bag and checked to see what it was. They did take Zach's apple.
|Do we look like we just spent the last 14 hours flying? Safely in Chile!|
Breakfast/brunch was at Melba Cafe, just down the road from Noah's apartment.
|The Classic - Eggs Benedict with spinach and salmon. Muy delicioso!|
The bus trip took about a half hour shorter than we expected, so that was nice. Just the right amount of time for a nap. :)
Once we got to Valparaiso, Noah flagged us a taxi that would bring us to our hostel. The five of us squeeeeeezed in a tiny taxi and it swerved through the streets until we got to our hostel around 7 pm or so. Valparaiso is a very hilly city.
|Noah figuring out where we needed to go|
|Our first view of the city - MUCH MORE!|
Oh yeah. I decided to take pictures of each of my meals. I hope you don't mind. If you do, TOO BAD.
|Salmon con arroz. Noah ordered us each a pisco sour - it's apparently the unofficial national drink.|
We then headed back to our hostel (took one of Valpo's handful of lifts on the way) to ask one of the girls at the front desk of good places to listen to music. She gave us a list of 4 or so in the neighborhood, so we headed out to check it out. We finally decided on El Gato en la Ventana, as it was one of the only ones that all 5 of us could fit in comfortably and sit down.
|The boys reminiscing.|
We walked back to the hostel - this is when I decided that hills are NOT COOL. I plopped into bed after a super long day, and couldn't wait for what tomorrow would bring.