Sunday, July 6, 2008

Back in PA.....

So we ended up going to Puerto Montt for 2.5 days, get away somewhere warmer than PA. It's about 2hr flight north of Punta Arenas, up in the "lake district" of Chile, we managed to get cheap tickets flying out on the same day (3rd) until today (6th). It was fun, if a little too short, not long enough to relax properly which was a shame. We ended up spending a lot of the time trying to decide what to do rather than doing, but we did get a lie in one day (till the late time of 9am - woo hoo!) and stayed in some fun places, and even got to soak in some thermal hot springs for an evening, which was fabulous and much needed. 

The first day we stayed in a cute hostel in Puerto Montt, rented a car and drove north to Puyehue and stayed in a wonderful wooden cabana that I stupidly forgot to take a photo of. It was right next to Aqus Caliente hot springs, so we spent and evening in there. The next day we drove around lake Llanquihue and stayed in a cute hotel in Puerto Varas last night, having mexican for dinner (Stian's favourite). Today we flew back early and Stian had to go straight to work from there, I bummed around and caught up with work email. Like I said, way too short, neither of us really got a good break, not that i'm knocking it, but a few days longer would have been good. Would have also been good for me not to be totally congested and snotty for the entire time........hoping I haven't passed that cold onto Stian........

Tomorrow, it's to the ship and loading, unpacking and getting set up. Ug. 

Stian the photographer, sheep and a volcano, what more do you need......



Red faced (well me anyway) at the end of a mile walk up to an overlook. My excuse, other than too many empanadas.......I have a head cold okay......



Rapids on the river Petrohue, on the drive around the lake. 

Volcano Osorno, the mount fuji of Chile

4 comments:

nea said...

gorgeous! missing you guys a lot!

LSULiv said...

Hi, Rhian! I'm on Oahu. Are you as well? And you're in the science field doing research that brings you to Antarctica. My old roommate works on the Hawaiian monk seal, and has done some similar trips/cruises-- he works for NOAA. Tell me the world isn't that small...

RGW said...

Hi Lsuliv - just headed out to sea, but yes, i'm based on Oahu, at the university at manoa. The world is really small in marine bio......there aren't too many people working on hawaiian monk seals either, so i've probably heard if not met him......:0) Always bumping into the same people, which is pretty nice!

bsa said...

Next time, take me with you! What beautiful country. I am glad that the two of you got away, albeit briefly!