Day around Vina del Mar
07.11.2012 - 07.11.2012 77 °F
The hotel owner took us to the market today. There was a small farmers market in the middle of down.
I brought my D7000 with the 17-55mm 2.8. I love this lens but it does have some weight to it. I was able to get some good picture of the fruits, vegetable and others goodies. I was surprise of the size and freshness of everything. Maradelyn (or Mara for short) wanted to buy everything and I had to remind her that we only have one day and I can’t eat that much fruits.
After the Market we hoped on the bus and headed to the “old town” this is the seaport for the city. Here I was able to find a wool poncho for $36 US. I have to wear it the first day back. M found her empanada from the street vendor. It was better then any of the ones we had in Santiago. There were a few places and streets that were a little shady that we didn't bother with. I heard several time to be careful having my camera out. The people do watch out for the tourist.
As for the gear, again my Osprey Manta 30 worked out wonderful again. I was able to tie my new poncho to the back. I also used the chest strap to bring my camera up to my chest in a resting position with a small carabineer. This is better then having it down by my hip (I’m using a RapidStrap shoulder harness) while walking around. We also had plenty of water to wash down all of the fruits, nuts and empanada with.
We headed back to our hotel. Once we were at the hotel, we had a wonderful lunch of the goodies we bought at the market.
As we checked our flight we realize that the bus would not get us there on time.
Another recommendation here is to don’t assume the buses run all the time. Mara had called and the first bus out of town was at 5:30 AM and put us in Santiago at 7 AM. Our flight leaves at 7:20 AM. It just was not going to happen.
After a few minute of OH CRAP!!! We figure we will take the next bus and stay the night in Santiago. But after talking to Peter (the Hotel owner) he knew a person that could drive us in the morning to the airport for a $130 US. By the time we got the Hotel in Santiago for the night it would be the more then the taxi ride. So we decide to take the offer. Our new leaving time was 4:30 AM, to be at the airport at 6 AM. It not a trip if there not a few adventures along the way.
About 3 AM we were woken up to a 3.2 earthquake. Mara and I heard the earthquake and felt it and then went back to sleep. I guess both of us had our excitement for the day and a 3.7 earthquake didn’t register on our OH CRAP!!! scale for today.
4:30 AM the taxi showed up and we are on our way to airport. I wonder if I have to run through this one. Next stop is Peru and Day 5