Days 84 & 85: Island time / Reif für die Insel

Since Fabian felt a lot better by Thursday morning, we decided to do the day-long horseback ride we had initially planned for Tuesday. The ride started at Hanga Roa and continued along the isolated, uninhabited north coast of the island all the way to Anakena Beach. Unfortunately, our horses appeared not nearly as excited at … More Days 84 & 85: Island time / Reif für die Insel

Day 83 – No more animal sex in the quarry / Kein Tiersex mehr im Steinbruch 

We would have loved to entertain you with more animal sex pictures, but this time we were a bit to slow to take a picture of the baby bull trying it for the first time and the young dog seducing the old lady dog. However, I can share the full “llama love story” (as I … More Day 83 – No more animal sex in the quarry / Kein Tiersex mehr im Steinbruch 

Day 80 – Poets and alien embryos / Dichter und Alienembryos

On Sunday, we did another self-guided excursion to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar with a cute little rental Kia. Valparaiso was formerly dubbed “Jewel of the Pacific” as it was the main stopover for ships traveling from Atlantic to Pacific and also featured South America’s first stock exchange, but the opening of the Panama Canal … More Day 80 – Poets and alien embryos / Dichter und Alienembryos

Day 79: Of thieves and virgins / Von Dieben und Jungfräuchen

On Saturday, we had the good luck of being shown around Santiago by a quasi-local, Gerd’s daughter Gesa (see: Schrozberg in the Atacama desert). We hit the streets on foot, and climbed the Cerro St. Lucia (unfortunately, not much of a view due to the persistent smog), then visited the cute, cobblestoned neighborhood of Paris-Londres … More Day 79: Of thieves and virgins / Von Dieben und Jungfräuchen

Days 76 & 77: The Towers of Pain(e) / Torres del Paine

Am Mittwochmorgen klingelte unser Wecker wieder einmal früh, denn wir wollten das schöne Wetter nutzen, um eine längere Wanderung  durch den Nationalpark “Torres del Paine” zu unternehmen. Genauer gesagt planten wir, zu den namensgebenden drei Felsen, den “Torres del Paine” bzw. “Türmen von Paine” zu wandern – insgesamt knapp 24 km vom Parkplatz aus. Zum … More Days 76 & 77: The Towers of Pain(e) / Torres del Paine

Days 72 & 73: Wherein the Patagonian wind nearly kills us / Der Tag, an dem uns der patagonische Wind fast umbringt

Friday night, we renewed our aquaintance with the Santiago Airport Holiday Inn, since flight connections didn’t allow us to fly directly from the Atacama desert all the way down south to Patagonia. So we were back at the airport at 6:30 a.m. to find a long, long line in front of the counters of our … More Days 72 & 73: Wherein the Patagonian wind nearly kills us / Der Tag, an dem uns der patagonische Wind fast umbringt

Day 68 – Schrozberg in the Atacama desert/ Schrozberg in der Atacamawüste 

Back to our new hobby, getting up at 4 am, yeay. We were picked up at 4:30 am by our tour bus to get to the Tatio Geysers about 80 km/50 miles from San Pedro de Atacama before sunrise. The reason we had to get there so early is because as the temperatures increase in … More Day 68 – Schrozberg in the Atacama desert/ Schrozberg in der Atacamawüste