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Vina del Mar

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We did not come here for sightseeing, but rather, for a restful interlude marking the end of the first half of this trip. We love beaches and love to be near, and often, in, the ocean, but this is definitely not an ideal place for doing so. The Humbodlt current keeps the western coast of South America cold all the way to the equator. It also cools the waters around the Galapagos Island and is an important marine ecosysrem. I waded in to my knees on our first day here, but that was enough. 20190127_123436_resized_1.jpg A constant, cool breeze coming off the water deters all but the most ardent sun worshipers from just lying on the beach3626f960-23fe-11e9-903c-1bed4ab6b663.jpg. Nevertheless, we have loved our stay here and wish we could remain longer, as we would eventually work ourselves into the water. Apparently many Chileans love to spend time here as well. The town is peppered with many beautiful condo towers. 36904280-23fe-11e9-9af4-47c23209750e.jpg36991c20-23fe-11e9-8248-1fe58d8bcbd4.jpg

we have a nice pool on the rooftop of our condo here; the water is cool, but not cold. The strong breeze up there is more of a deterrent to lingering for long, even after noon which is about when the sunshine emerges after an almost daily morning overcast.366d2a20-23fe-11e9-903c-1bed4ab6b663.jpg We enjoyed watching sunsets while lying in bed.3607ffb0-23fe-11e9-8248-1fe58d8bcbd4.jpg

Tomorrow, we resume our travels, moving on bu bus over the Andes to Argentina where we will visit 5 cities, all set against the eastern flanks of the Andes, none that we have visited previously, except the last, Ushuaia, on Tierra del Fuego. From there, we will take a small ship, and head....even further ...South!

Watch this space for further developments!

Posted by judgelarry 12:28 Archived in Chile

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Hi Joyce,

You are missing very cold weather here this week, I think it will be warmer in Antarctica. I'm enjoying checking in on your travels. Safe travels the next weeks. See you when you get back

by Carolyn Kostolnik

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