Trying to overcome a case of jet Lag
13.09.2013 5 °C
A first case of jet lag. Our most recent long trips have not resulted in us getting any effect of jet lag but this time we know what it is. Had a granny nap yesterday afternoon and a disturb sleep last night. Got up this morning feeling like shit. A day tour to Valparaiso will fix that and so I got Mandy out of bed early and its off we go.
Had a small tour bus pick us up at the hotel and we did a quick tour around Santiago. This town is a contrast of "have's and have's not". Some very poor areas.
Valparaiso is about 90 minutes west and sits on the Pacific Ocean. It's a renowned holiday area for Chile. In a country with a regular series of earthquakes the houses are built on hills. Not a bad idea considering the large number of Tsunami warnings in the lower areas in Valparaiso.
The town has some wonderful houses, very colourful and in narrow streets. The hills are steep. The big downside given the tourist numbers, cruise ships and locals, is the predominant amount of graffiti. Everywhere you look.
I'll let the photos of this UNESCO site tell the story. Major sea port, tourism and dogs....
I haven't seen trolley buses since I was a kid.
A big navy presence in Chile. The tour guide was typically very supportive of his country and if you were to believe him, the beaches are the best, wine the world's best and economy top of the world.....maybe, but they don't have battleships!!!
The dogs are something else. Hundreds of them running wild and following you everywhere. They are territorial and will follow you until they reach a spot and then go no further.
They also don't go anywhere near a restaurant. Restaurants are everywhere and the Chilean speciality is........
Stopped for a late lunch at a winery. Excellent meal and very reasonable. A bottle of nice red wine was less than $10 and 2 courses less than $50. I had lamb and mandy had salmon.
Back onto the freeway. The driver said everyone in Chile has jobs. Not sure however if the large number of beggars at toll points and traffic lights qualify for his definition of employed.
A quiet night in the lounge and early to bed for another early start for a 9 am flight to Easter Island.