April 10, 2005
Amy writes:

Yesterday I turned 26 in the cobbled coastal city of Valparaiso. It's a very memorable place because most of the houses are painted bright colours and built on hills so brilliant views all around.

My day started with watching the Royal wedding while eating breakie in our B & B. Yes, we don't miss out on anything here. In fact, it was a welcome change after almost solid coverage of the Pope's death for the last week.

We wanted to really take in the city so spent much of the day losing ourselves in the streets and getting up those hills via the 'ascensores'. They call them lifts but to us it was more like getting in a shed which runs steeply up tracks but get you to the top for about 10p. You didn't think I was going to walk up all those hills!?
Reminded me a lot Sorrento, Italy and it's quaint charm. Just watch out for the dog poo. They love their pups here but have not heard of the 'poop scoop'.

We also discovered the Museo a cielo abierto - literally translated as the 'open air museum' where on one of the hills, the house and streets have been turned into a art gallery and you can do a walking tour of all the exhibits.

All this exercise was followed by an intimate dinner where Jody found a guitarist to embarrass me by singing 'Happy Birthday to you', in espanol of course.

Now we're heading off to the driest desert in the world, San Pedro de Atacama. We're taking plenty of water but we may not post for about a week while we explore the region.

posted at 4:21 PM | link


  • Happy Birthday Amy. Hope you got my spanish birthday e-card! Did you actually understand any of it??? No, me either. I hope you love San Pedro as much as I did - but there are 2 internet cafes, despite it being an "oasis" so it's not that disconnected! Adios. Em

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:31 PM  

  • Happy Birthday Amy!! I've just been browsing through some of your pictures. It all looks so amazing, you're so lucky! Hope you are well and I'll speak to you soon. :)
    Take care,
    -Ali x

    P.S. Your new hair colour really suits you! Looks great :D

    By Anonymous Ali, at 9:34 PM  

  • Hi guys, just a quick note. Cameron Diaz goes sandsurfing in the Atacama Desert in her new reality TV show and I'm guessing you guys may end up doing it too while you're in San Pedro - just remember - don't choose the biggest sandboard cos you won't move anywhere!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:09 AM  

  • The above note is from me by the way.


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