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Poeticly beautiful Valparaíso

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Hello my loves,

Time for part two of my trip in Chile: Valparaíso.

I arrived in Valparaíso by night, to discover it was completely different from Santiago. By the way, both cities are about 1h15 and about €5 apart. The hostel where I was staying was also completely different than the last one, it was more like a house. Without central heating… When I climbed my bed I feared for my life. Not a hostel I would recommend (Casa Verde Limón).

I didn’t eat anything yet, so I went to look for some food. Being used to Argentinean eating times (between 22hs and 24hs) I was surprised to find everything closed. I walked a whole lot when I found a small pub with food. When I asked for the check, the owner told me it was impossible for me to return home alone safely. I was warned by almost everyone that I should take care in Valparaíso so I had already left all my stuff including my phone in the hostel, but apparently I had to pass a shady neighborhood to get back, so she sent her husband to accompany me all the way back. These people immediately stole my heart!

The next day I woke up and thought a lot of people were showering, but it was just raining worse than in Belgium. What a bummer. I waited the whole morning for it to stop, and then decided to go eat in the Via Via hotel & restaurant. For those who don’t know, Via Via is a chain of ho(s)tels and travel cafes owned by Joker, a big Belgian tour operator. So they had some delicious Belgian food which I had been missing for a long time. Stoofvlees met frietjes!!!

I challenged myself to cross the rain (after all I am Belgian) and see at least something, but everything was so cloudy, my umbrella broke, my feet were soaking wet and there was nothing to do in the streets, even the museums were closed because it was Monday. A bit sad I returned to the hostel. I chatted a bit with a Brazilian, French and Swiss guy and looked forward to the next day which probably would be better.

But it wasn’t, it just kept on raining. Unfortunately it was my last day in Valparaíso, so I had to suck it in and just go out.

Valparaíso consists of 45 hills, so you have to climb them or go by elevator. We walked around a lot and saw a Maritime Museum. Early in the afternoon I got some bad news: my bus wasn’t going to leave Valparaíso that night. It had been snowing a lot in the Andes, so they closed the border until they finished cleaning up the snow. First I raced to the bus station to find out if it was really true, and got confirmation I should move my ticket to the next day. I was pretty tired of being cold at my hostel though, so I had to decide where to go. I had a nice afternoon in the Via Via so I decided to go there for one night.

The next day I finally saw Valparaíso in beautiful sunlight. What a difference!!! Suddenly I saw all the beautiful colors, the sea, the birds, the paintings… I took the bus to La Sebastiana, the second house of Pablo Neruda. Ever since I started to manage the Spanish I have been crazy about Spanish poetry, so on my trips I bought a bunch of second hand books and I wanted to know as much as possible about these poets. This house was even more impressive than La Chascona, partly of course because of the ocean view. After that I went down to the port, via the open air museum, a few streets filled with graffiti paintings.

It was really a beautiful day, until I received the same bad news as the day before. Again I wasn’t leaving in the night, the border was still closed. In the meanwhile luckily I met a really nice girl in the hotel who invited me to have a drink. We had a really nice night, but I was so tired of waiting to go “home” and worried it would take a long time before I was going to be able to get back. We were checking internet and calling at every possible moment for some good news.

This time I had to cancel my ticket and ask my money back via internet, and book a new ticket in the bus station. In this way they would automatically transfer my ticket to the next day if the bus wasn’t leaving.

Valeria also promised to show me Viña del Mar, also situated next to the sea but this time with a beautiful beach and a lot of shopping malls. For the first time I touched the Pacific Ocean! Too bad it was too cold to swim, and pretty grey again.

When we called for news about the bus, I again received a negative answer. The last hope was that night at 19h, so I decided to call my mother and ask her to stay up (6hs hour difference) so we could decide together what to do. You should know, I had a complete travel plan: 6 days Chile, 3 days Mendoza to finish my school work, 12 days in Salta, Iguazú falls and Buenos Aires and a few last days in Mendoza to say my goodbyes. And spend time with my love  I saw all those plans fade away, and couldn’t make new plans either because of the deadline for school.

At 19h we couldn’t reach the bus company so I decided to go to the bus terminal where I found the office empty as well. Another company also crossing the border told me that no, my bus was not leaving tonight either. Stuck in Chile, part 3. I decided I had had enough. Back at the hostel I managed to connect with Skype to talk to my mother and she saved me. We booked a flight! I couldn’t be happier. A double feeling though, because for this price you could easily fly Brussels - New York, and I was only flying 50 minutes! Thank God for my savior mom.

The next day very early I woke up with a big smile, packed my stuff and took a few busses to the airport. Just when I thought there was nothing that possibly could go wrong anymore, the trip got just a bit worse: my flight got cancelled. I heard from my friends in Mendoza that they were experiencing a lot of wind, the famous Zonda, but I didn’t have a clue it would affect air traffic. It would have been too dangerous though, so we all got transferred to Santiago. I have to admit I did enjoy sleeping that night in my beautiful Crowne Plaza **** hotel room! Everything was arranged, from late lunch until breakfast. The next day I FINALLY arrived home in beautiful, sunny Mendoza.

I hope this story can be an inspiration for backpackers. If you don’t need to travel Argentina – Chile in fall or winter, then choose summer. Don’t ever book your tickets too much before date if you don’t have to (I didn’t book Salta Iguazú and Buenos Aires yet, but I almost did!). Don’t ever leave with a limited budget, because you never know what can happen. And don’t leave your schoolwork until the last days!

Kiss,

Helen

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Hola! Santiago De Chile

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Dear friends and travellers,

I kind of felt like I should finish my blog, even though I’m back in Belgium for a while now. But a lot of you never really knew what I did and saw, maybe didn’t have a clue about the story behind the pictures. So for those who are interested I will write the exciting story of my trip in Chile! ;)

First of all: Santiago is situated about 7-8 hours from Mendoza, where I was still staying. The best way to go is by coach. These busses are almost always semi-cama. This means you are a bit more comfortable than in a European-style bus. Also a lunch is included. The best way to book your ticket is in a bus terminal, I booked my ticket online but payed about €15 more. It is possible though, via websites of Andesmar or CATA Internacional. So prices will lie between €20 and €35 (anno 2013 that is).

The road itself is just beautiful, you go via the ruta 7 which I already saw on the high mountain excursion of our agency. So if you didn’t have the time to do this tour, look around you to get a glimpse of Puente del Inca, el cemeterio de los Andinistas, and of course the Aconcagua. After about 3 hours you arrive at the border with Chile where everybody and everything needs to get off the coach to get checked. This will take an hour if you are lucky.
Already on my first trip the coach broke down, but luckily they have good agreements with other companies, so we could immediately hop on a next coach ,where I got a spot in the front on top, which is the best seat possible to see the whole landscape  If you are early to book your seat, book this one!!

After 8 hours I arrived in Santiago. First problem: money. I hadn’t really thought a lot about it so I just went looking for an ATM, not knowing how much money I was withdrawing (200 000 chilean pesos – this makes you feel pretty rich). I took a metro to my hostel area Bellavista, as I had been told the student area of Santiago. I felt reborn, because I had missed to be in a real modern city. It was vibrant, there were buildings higher than 10 meters and people everywhere. The Bellavista area was indeed full of students and above all full of bars and even more fast food. In every corner they were selling something. This is something I discovered more and more the next days, Chilenos are such business people! It rains, they sell umbrellas. It stops raining, they start selling paper towels and even medicine against cold. The sun shines, they sell sunglasses.

My hostel was very cosy, a bit retro. It’s called La Chimba. I slept in a 4-bed dorm with 2 other girls, one Australian girl on her way to a holiday in Cuba, and a South-African girl who was teaching English in Santiago.

The next day we decided to go see the city the three of us together. Not being prepared at all, I just followed them. We saw the palace, which we sadly couldn’t visit. An appointment via internet is needed. Then we discovered an underground cultural centre where they had some really nice expositions. I have never been a real museum type-of-person but it was really worth it and a lot of it was for free.

After a snack in Starbucks (so here was the real world hiding!) we continued our trip through the heart of the city. We got to the central square which was filled with painters, palm trees and old men playing chess. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings. Weather in Santiago was a-ma-zing by the way, end of may (fall) and still about 20 °C. Me and the Australian girl then decided to go to los Dominicos, a whole village of artisan products. A few metro stops away we arrived in a neighborhood with the Andes on the background. The village was absolutely awesome, me and my shopping issues were really in trouble. I bought one beautiful red handmade scarf, which unfortunately got ruined because our housekeeper put it in the washer. Probably karma because I should do my laundry myself haha. R.I.P.

On the way home we passed by the supermarket and guess what! Lactose-free everything!!! If you don’t have this problem you probably won’t understand, but I had been having soooo many problems in Mendoza eating decently! We ate all together in the hostel and had mote con huesillos for dessert. This is a peach-tea drink with a dried peach and wheat inside it. Yes, wheat. Still I would recommend it!

The second day I went out on my own. I started with a visit to one of the houses of Pablo Neruda, one of Chili’s best writers/poets, even won the Nobel Prize. Because of his obsession for the sea the house has the shape of a boat. He built the house for his last wife, Matilde and named it after her hair. Yes! It’s called ‘La Chascona’ and means a wild bunch of curls.

Next on my walk was the hill of San Christobal, which you can accede by foot, bike, but of course I took the train. At the top of the hill you get a magnificent view over the city. Sadly there is so much smog everything seems really gray.

I also climbed the second hill of the city, Santa Lucia. To me it seemed kind of artificial, the entrance is much more beautiful than the top or the view.

The last thing I wanted to see was the Mercado central, which is filled with fish. They were treating me too much like a tourist they could exploit though, so I bought something to eat and went home.

In the evening I was going to meet the German Viktoria, the ex-flatmate of my ex-flatmate Saioa in Spain. Yes, Erasmus makes you have friends everywhere! We and her Dutch friend went to a real Chilean club, where they played only heavy raggaeton and elektrolatino. I kind of missed the Argentinean cumbia already. Even though I think it’s super important to throw yourself in the culture and meet local people, I have to admit it was really nice to spend a night with a friend and people from the same culture. The typical drink from Chile is called PISCO (Sour) by the way!

The next day I went for some visits to other hostels, to provide some contacts for our Monkey Hostel. After that I took the bus to Valparaíso, my second stop in Chile… More about that in a next blog!

Something funny to close off with: café con piernas! I had heard about it but only believed it until I actually saw it. Some bars wanted to offer something different to their customers, so instead of just coffee they started offering “coffee with legs”: coffee served by girls in miniskirts and high heels, sometimes even in bikini. Funny!

Kiss!

Helen

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Viva la noche

I went to Argentina, and I saw people partying..

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Hi guysss!

Time for another update. Referring to the title, I have been exploring Argentina’s nightlife the past weeks! For those who know me well, you know it was about time…

- If you are related to me and over 50, please skip the next four paragraphs -

First of all I’m continuing with the salsa classes and I am having the time of my life learning more every class and night out. Wednesday nights the teachers all go to a salsa bar and because in the meanwhile they got to know me, they often ask me to dance and they give non-stop instructions. Still my biggest problem in their opinion is my “fear” of being really close and looking them straight in the eyes. I guess it does scare me a little when they pull me so close that only our lips are not touching. Can you imagine?

Last Saturday I went to a disco for the first time. I went with a friend which is a cousin of a friend I have in Belgium, and he introduced me immediately to all of his friends. It’s pretty pathetic but I was so happy to finally meet some girls my age. To be honest, it’s really easy to meet men in Argentina, but to meet girls is another story. So of course I immediately asked them where they go shopping, hahaha! It’s been shopping rehab for me until now, and I’m starting to show withdrawal symptoms... They promised me to take me and we had an amazing night. The disco was pretty big, it had a few different rooms. We even got into the VIP, which normally has a price of €30 (the other areas €6 for girls, €9 for guys). In Argentina you can get anything done just by having a good network. The funny thing was that they were showing video’s of Tomorrowland all night on the decoration screens! Even funnier was the fact that they didn’t play the type of music they play on Tomorrowland. But in my opinion this was better, a mix of commercial house, elektro latino, raggaeton and of course a lot of cumbia! If you don’t know what cumbia is you should definitely look it up, even though maybe it’s a genre you should learn to love.

On Wednesday the same people invited me to a student party they organized to raise money for a school trip. Everything was a bit more informal, even though Argentinean girls always would never go out in jeans it seems, they always look really sexy wearing short skirts or latex leggings and really high heels. I decided not to cooperate on that last one (and probably the other ones either) since I’m obviously always the tallest girl in the bunch. Here goes the best story of the night: at about 5 o’clock in the morning the group decided they wanted to go to the after party in “el infierno”. I didn’t have to work until 14:30 the next day, so of course I didn’t say no. We drove a while and stopped at a gate. I imagined it would have been some other disco or a bar (I think that’s even what they told me) but when I entered it was just an empty parking lot. Until I got inside. Apparently it was a small house with about 3 rooms, with a living room decorated with “infierno” with spacy lights, disco lights, a strippers pole and of course a huge stereo. One of the guy’s parents was obviously tired of hosting parties in their house and bought the guy his own party space. Ain’t that nice. That place probably has a lot of stories…

Funny note about Argentinean nightlife. Supposedly all of the people you meet on a Saturday night out in a bar or disco and who are not with their girl- or boyfriend, should be single. It’s an unspoken rule that on Friday boys and girls spend time with their friends, while Saturday is reserved for their better half. So just in case, you don’t even need to ask the painful question on a Saturday ;)

Besides these parties it’s not all so much fun anymore, I am working 9 to 10 hours a day right now to be able to travel at the end of May, and I’m just dead at the end of my shift. During my extra hours I’m contacting partner B&B, boutique hotels, guest houses and hostels. First I had to call all of them, which was a very scary thing. I notice my Spanish is getting a lot better, even though I am starting to use the Argentinean dialect (obvioooo), but to try to convince other companies to start a business relation with you in a 4th language, damn. It was a bit stressy. Anyway, in the meanwhile some meetings are scheduled for next week. The intention is that these accommodations are going to sell our tours (commission system) and that we can recommend each other to our clients.

Katrien is back!! It’s only for a few days, but I was so happy after work yesterday having a drink on a terrace in the sunshine which still hasn’t faded. It’s supposed to be an end of October temperature, but it’s still better than Belgian summer! After we had dinner we went to the Irish pub with another 2 Belgian girls and a Swedish girl who lives with Katrien and Claudia for the moment. Really fun to talk to the Belgian girls, they have been travelling for 4 months now. I can’t imagine how it must be. Well, it must be amazing seeing so many beautiful things, but also being away from home for such a long time? I think for me it’s different, because now I have kind of a home here. Even though of course I miss so many things from Belgium. Especially the food. It happened to me more than once I ate a piece of chocolate (most important element in the food chain) and threw it away because it was just that disgusting. Can you imagine? I know.

Tomorrow I’m going to do a hike with Katrien and a couple who live in Brussels. AY, I will need to speak French the entire time. My French is horrrrrrrible now. Can’t even say one complete sentence without using a Spanish word. Ahhh! This brings me to my evaluation! It was really really good, I got an 80%!

Un beso grande,

Helen

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Finding a home

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iiHola flacitas y gorditos!!

Waw, it has been a while. I know and I’m sorry, but I had to get a life on track here and live a little instead of writing about it. But I’ll try to tell you as much as possible about what happened in between!

First of all I’ve had the chance to see a few more things in the Mendoza region. First I went to visit our second wine region, Luján de Cuyo. Wineries here are a lot more luxurious than in Maipú, where I did the bike tour. We visited 3 wineries, for those who are interested: Achaval Ferrer, Catena Zapata and Belasco de Baquedano, and had a 5-course lunch in the last one. Everything was super fancy. We had a family of crazy Brazilians and a girl from Buenos Aires with us, who made it a really fun day. Can’t stop repeating is, the most amazing thing about working in tourism is that you’re so often working with happy people. As long as there are no complaints, I know, but I haven’t heard that many yet. Belasco de Baquedano also has an aroma room which is unique in Latin America. The room is filled with different scents in small cylinders, and it’s up to you to use your nose and guess what it represents. I think it’s so innovating! (Or is it my sales skills that are developing? You will never know ;))

The next thing I got to do was the high mountain tour. This is a tour that sells a lot and indeed is a great experience. During the tour we follow the road 7 to the border with Chile, about 200km from Mendoza. On that road we make various stops, like the cementerio de los andinistas (the place where people who tried to climb the Aconcagua are buried, often together with their hiking shoes), El Puente del Inca (a naturally formed bridge with hot springs), Parque del Aconcagua (where we do a small hike and with sunny weather see the top of the Aconcagua) and drive up to Cristo Redentor (the old border between Chile and Argentina at 4000m high). Being that high I did feel a bit dizzy! And it was also ice cold (well, kinda like in Belgium now).

At work everything is still good, even though after Easter it got extremely calm. Argentineans have time off from ‘White Thursday” until the next Tuesday. The hostel was packed! From weeks before the telephone didn’t stop ringing and there were constant bookings to be treated, because in the end the whole city was full. The ministry of tourism tried to help some people, but also at the door I had to disappoint a lot of people desperately looking for a place to sleep. The two days I worked during this weekend were very intense, but I actually like to be busy like that. It is the complete opposite of what it is now, because the low season really started. The weather is still nice, but fall has started. I also met Viktoria at our pizza party, the German ex-flatmate of my ex-flatmate in Spain who was living there when I visited Saioa in September. She is doing her internship in a guesthouse in Santiago de Chile. Small world!!

To use my time in the agency, Virginia gave me some projects to realize. We will work around e-commerce, relations with other hostels, B&B’s, guesthouses etc who also apply a personalized form of tourism, universities in Argentina, and a strategy to reach the European market. I will work extra hours at home, so that I can stop working at the end of May and travel to Chile and Buenos Aires.

A few weeks back we also did a team building with the whole team, we went rafting and canopying. It’s again one of those things I would have never done in Belgium, but it was so cool. I really feel like I’m expanding my horizons! And it only turned out good. However, now they want me to go paragliding (running off a mountain with a parachute, about 1km high). That might be this weekend or the next one…

Outside of work I have been trying to find a hobby, so every Saturday I’m going to salsa gym. Too bad I can’t go to the real technical classes, but I’m always working at night. The teachers are really nice and I also went to the bar where they go out every Wednesday a few times. The first time I danced with them was pretty scary, because they want me to stare into their eyes the whole time to “feel the music”. Oh yeah, this is the real shit!

In the meanwhile my roommate Katrien left. Very sad!! She was like my sister here, the closest person to me. Now the house is a bit empty. She is now travelling in Chile for a while. Hopefully we will end up together again in Buenos Aires in June.

To end, some more funny Argentinean vocabulary!
Re-algo: they put re- before everything to indicate that something was “super” rebien, relinda, …
Flaco/gordo: a few days ago I heard a conversation between two girls my age in the bus, they weren’t speaking about people, they were only speaking about “the thin one”, “the fat one” , “mi viejo” (my old man). Haha!
Quilombo: like a disaster, but also as in “tenes un quilombo en la cabeza?!” (are you crazy?!)

Miss you all! Big kiss!

Helen

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Horseback riding in the Andes

and a lot of hard work!

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iHolaaa!

In the meanwhile I have survived my first week here in Mendoza. What a week it was!

On Thursday I had my first day off. Me and Katrien were planning to do and see a lot of things, but eventually also Leo took some time off and we spent another afternoon by the pool. Leo came back as a lobster, haha :p We decided to have an asado in the night in the building next to the pool that is meant for common use. Asado is like barbecue, but they bake the meat on la parilla, which is more of a built-in grill made of stone. Even though it was past midnight when we could finally eat, it was delicious and a nice start for our time living together.

During the asado Leo had some exciting news for me: I could go with him, Juan and 5 tourists on a horseback riding trip in the Andes the next morning. I was normally scheduled to work from 10-17h, but he changed my hours to 17-24h. This meant it was gonna be a loooong day! Looking back however it was an amazing day I wouldn’t have wanted to miss for the world. We had a couple from Ireland who just got engaged that was coming with me and Leo for half a day (+/- 2h horseback riding) and 2 Dutch girls and 1 Australian girl who were going for a 2-day trip, with overnight stay under the stars.

First we drove up to the Valle del Sol (Valley of the Sun!) to the house of the gaucho (the Argentinean cowboy). It was exactly like we Europeans think South America is, he lived in a very primitive stone building, with his 25-year old wife and their 5 (!!) children. Next to that he has a ranch with about 15 horses, pigs, chickens, roosters and a lot of dogs (and 2 super cute puppies!). First we drank maté in the house. I saw from their faces that the other tourists also weren’t so enthusiastic about it, but like me, they bravely finished their cup.

After playing a while (well, a long while, because everything goes even more tranquilo here than in Spain) with the animals and the adorable children we got on our horses and on the mountains. Daniel, the gaucho, and his dog accompanied us. I was happy, because I have rarely sat on a horse in my life. I have to say, if you ever get the chance to go to Argentina: YOU HAVE TO DO THIS!!! It was one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life. You are high on top of this horse, at 2700m height, it makes you feel like you are on top of the world. I can’t say that much more about it, the pictures I uploaded probably say much more than words. After half of the road me, Leo and the Irish couple returned to the gaucho’s house, where his wife baked us a typical sweet pastry which was delicious.

What made the day also so special was the connection I had with one of the gaucho’s kids, Camila. Once I pushed her on her self-made swing she wanted to spend every minute on my lap. The Irish couple gave them some candy and they were so happy with it, it was beautiful to see.

Far behind on our schedule, we returned to the city. On the way back we made a little stop at the lake, which was very clear blue. Very tired, hungry and dirty me and Leo arrived back at the hostel and got to work.

Even though the office sometimes is very quiet, I love the work. The tourists are mostly young people, with all different nationalities and a million stories, and the majority is so nice. Talking with them is like a part of the job, and I’m happy to do it! During the excursions also I got to know a lot of things about many other parts of the world. It surprises me how some girls my age or younger are already travelling the world alone. Ending up at a hostel like ours, though, makes you feel everything but alone. I could almost compare it with an Erasmus. Everybody asks where you come from, where you have been, what you are doing in life. At night we had, like every Friday, another asado, so after work it became another very pleasant evening. Also Luc’s wife Virginia was present with little Jamaica and I finally had a nice talk with her :)

I do have to admit I had a rough time the last couple of days, because they let me work alone for some time already. In that time there were many things I couldn’t solve because I hadn’t been informed about them or I hadn’t been practicing enough yet, which makes you feel kind of helpless. Fortunately I could talk about it to Leo (in case it wasn’t clear yet, he is the manager of the hostel and agency and my flat mate) and he arranged that I could work with Claudia some more. Unfortunately this means she has to work longer hours only because of me. Thank god she is an amazing person who seems always happy to help.

Saturday I had my second day off, which in the end I spent doing not much in particular. I bought a SIM-card, so feel free to ask my number for whatsapp or anything else. I also spent lots of time talking to family and friends. I really miss everyone because it’s so hard to get on the internet. When I got home again I spent the last sun-hours at the pool before I decided to go out. Since I still haven’t met anyone outside of work (even though work consists of amazing colleagues and new guests every day) I decided to go back to the hostel. Since Saturday we had company of Reyn, a Belgian guy from Sint-Niklaas who is doing the bar sometimes to earn his nights at the hostel. Another very nice guy and also very energetic!

I had a bit of a problem with Leo when I left the apartment though, because he feels he should protect me. As we are so used to taking the bus at night I also wanted to take the trolley, but the streets are really empty here at night (outside of the bar street). So apparently he called Claudia, who was still working, to let him know if I had arrived. The next day he told me he would like it more if I took a taxi the next time, which is about 10 times more expensive. I don’t know what to think of it. It’s sweet, but I’m 21 and I would like to be able to decide about these things myself.

Once arrived at the hostel we decided to go out with a bunch of guests. Three Dutch persons, three Israeli, one American, one French and also Claudia and Reyn joined us to the biggest bar street of Mendoza, Arístides Villanueva. It seemed like the whole town was gathering here. Past one o’clock, the mendocinos were still tranquilamente having dinner, drinks and eventually went dancing. I didn’t like the place (better say music) where we went so much so I sat outside with Claudia for a while (I’m getting really close to her) before the others joined us. It was really cool to talk to the Israeli guys. Unfortunately they always seem to cause problems in the hostel, and many other guests have had problems with them in other places too. Apparently all of them start travelling after they come back from 2 (girls) or 3 (boys) years in the army, and they don’t feel like accepting rules anymore. Anyway I had a great talk with him, but the next day they all got kicked out of the hostel. I couldn’t say if it was rightful or not because I never really understood the story. Finding myself in the middle of this conflict, I did discover a bad side about my job.

Finishing my blog it’s already Tuesday, but I will post it now because I finally have a moment of access to the internet. Again I miss all of you and I’m sorry if I don’t (immediately) respond to messages, I really want to but until I have internet in the house it’s very difficult.

iUn beso REgrande!

Helen

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