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Punta Arenas in Chile

Saturday, 28 February 2015

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I hope this isn't becoming boring but I was treated to a spectacular sunrise on a calm sea with little to no wind. Temperature was below 10 °C as we sailed into the harbour for Punta Arenas which is located on the Strait of Magellan and dropped anchor as the wharf is not capable od accommodating a ship of our size.

Breakfast completed we returned to the cabin and prepared to go ashore. The priority tender service ensured we had only a short wait in the Wheelhouse Bar before we boarded. A short ride on a calm sea brought us to the terminal building where our back-pack was scanned for prohibited imports. Different rules here in Chile.

A short walk brought us to the centre of the town and I was on a desperate search for a toilet. We were directed to an upmarket shopping mall but the toilets were still locked. Fortunately a café across the street was open for breakfast and fortunately there were facilities in a back corner. We ordered a Coke and a cappuccino. The Coke bottle was a peculiar shape and the coffee came in a glass with a straw and a mound of whipped cream. The cost came to the equivalent of US$6 which I thought to be quite reasonable.

We visited the local cathedral, a simple interior with some very lovely statues and a large mural on the ceiling above the altar. We walked over to the park where the market stalls were just coming to life. An awesome array of goods for sale with most knitted and woven items claiming to be genuine alpaca. There was no way of confirming their authenticity but they were very reasonably priced.

Found our way back to the terminal building and confirmed that the prices there were at least 10% more than identical items at the markets. By about noon we were ready to return to the ship. A nice feature of the tender embarkation area was an enclosed shelter, not that the weather was bad but it would be most welcome if there was a strong wind.

A leisurely lunch and we went to the Theatre to watch the movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" which lived up to the bizarre title. Jenny left before the halfway mark, I stayed to the end. I think I know what the story's about but it seems like a cult thing. Took some time to capture some more pictures from Deck 19. The dominant feature was the thick clouds that developed in all directions.

Back to the dinning room for diner but without Donald and Mary. There were many empty or partly filled tables and the service was very slick. We were out of there within an hour even after staying for a second cup of coffee. Tonight's entertainment was provided by ventriloquist Don Bryan and his very clever partner "Noseworthy". The jokes were well practised and presented and the ventriloquism very believable.

We are sailing Southwesterly in the Strait of Magellan as we backtrack before heading Westerly into the Pacific Ocean. We have come to realise that this tip of South America is a maze of islands large and small with two significant passages from East to West.

The Internet problems continue so I will have to hold off until things get better. My apologies for this bulk upload.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 22:13 Archived in Chile

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