Written 23 jan (because I am useless at documenting my life :P)
Pardon the lame post title, but it was pretty cold in Puerto Montt!
Chile was not off to a very good start, what with my ripped jeans and scraped knee. It meant I couldn’t get into a comfortable position to sleep on the bus, which I desperately wanted to do because I didn’t get much sleep the night before. Nevertheless, the immigration checkpoint was gorgeous, (if inefficient) so that wasn’t too bad.
Coming into Puerto Montt also provided a great view of the volcanos Osorno and Calbuco.
I arrived in Puerto Montt and met up with my host Margot before going to deposit my stuff at her place, 40 minutes outside the city itself. First impressions of Puerto Montt – not a very pretty city, with lots of businesses. I found out that most people (read: tourists) don’t visit Puerto Montt, but instead go to Puerto Varas instead. Ah well, no matter. I was there and had to make the best of it.
That evening, Margot took me out to walk around the city. It’s really a small city, and not a very beautiful one either.
Some cute little houses here and there, but that was about it.
Another thing that really surprised (shocked/ worried/ dismayed) me was how expensive everything was. I though Argentina was expensive, but Chile was even more expensive.
In Bariloche, Argentina –
Me: Una botella de agua, por favor
Salesperson: 10 pesos
5hours later, in Puerto Montt, Chile
Me: Una botella de agua, por favor
Salesperson: 800 pesos
Me: O.O noooooooo!
Well, a small one. Argentina and Chile both use pesos, but the exchange rate is way different. In any case, 800 Chilean pesos (1.50USD) is still a bunch to be paying for water.
Anyways, we headed back quite early because I didn’t feel like limping around with my stupid knee for much longer.
A bit of background on Margot’s house. It’s not hers, and she lives with her elderly parents and brother, none of whom speak any English. It made for a very interesting experience, trying to communicate with them in my horrible Spanish. Obviously, because that wasn’t difficult enough, Chilean Spanish is a completely different breed from Argentinian Spanish. Yay for accents! -_-
Despite this, Margot’s family was absolutely delightful and were so welcoming that I felt like I was surrounded by my own family. They were so excited about meeting a person from Singapore and asked so many questions about it, and life there and things like that. It was great sharing about the different cultures, customs, traditions and I also got to learn a lot about Chile as well.
The next afternoon was spent sightseeing in Puerto Varas with Margot and her friend (whose name I have forgotten – horrible me). Puerto Varas is a much nicer town than Puerto Montt, quite picturesque and lovely.
We also drove to the Petrohue Waterfalls (I think – I’m not sure because I wasn’t really paying attention haha) which were pretty cool and had quite a nice view.
We also went to Lago Todos los Santos, which has a lovely beach with volcanic rock and sand. Super cool stuff.
Dinner that night was prepared by Margot’s brother, Sady. It was something really delicious, and turned out to be prieta (a.k.a. morcilla a.k.a. blood sausage). Yums bloooooood. No picture cause I was hungry and finished it before I remembered to take a picture heh. We had movie night watching lame movies and then it was off to bed.
The next day, it was off to Pucon for the last days of 2013!