It is now the 8th of December, and we are LOVING Santiago, Chile. It is a great city. We have liked many of the places we have visited, but this area of Chile is one which we would consider moving to. Maybe, in a few years, when we slow down a bit, we may spend a few months, every few years, in Chile.
On the 9th we took a cab to the airport. I don't know what I was thinking but we got to the airport 11 hours prior to our departure time, and checked in. Then we rode a bus back to town to get a few final "Then and Now" photos done.
So we get to the airport, then catch a bus back to the center of Santiago, to take more "Then and Now" pictures. The first picture is from Frank Carpenter's 1925 book, "Carpenter's World Travels, Familiar Talks About Countries and People".
Who keeps watering all the plants and trees?
Another picture, also from Sydney Clark's book of 1954, "The West Coast of South America". Santa Lucia was the most photographed location of all the books we have on South America.
If somebody does not stop watering the vegetation, you won't be able to see many of the landmarks in Santiago!
The following "Then and Now" is from Che Guevara's, The Motorcycle Diaries. The trip was taken in 1952.
Exact same spot.....
Had to move about 10 feet to the right. Not the same spot, but a better picture. A lot of growth since 1952!
The next "Then and Now" is from 1925 and Frank Carpenter's book. It is a major Museum in Santiago.
There was a major earthquake in 1981 which required the rebuilding of the front facade of the museum.
That pretty much wraps up South America for 2005, for us! Time to head home for the Holiday's, but can't wait to return.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures and did not get too bored. We did a lot of research prior to the trip, and thought we knew exactly what to expect. We had impressions of what we thought we would encounter, but South America was very different than expected. It is a fantastic travel destination. Try it! You may like it!
I hope the abundance of pictures helps to give you a more accurate picture of what South America has to offer!
Just a few thoughts and observations...
1) We were surprised by how many people, in this day and age, live without running water. Something we all take for granted!
2) We take medical care for granted. Never again!
3) We often take our friends and families for granted. Never again!
4) I thought that riding the motorcycle would get old. Never did! Looked forward to it, everyday, and can't wait to return!.
5) We are not wealthy or rich, but sincerely feel like we are the most fortunate and luckiest people on earth, being able to learn and grow through an Adventure like this. I will never take for granted, how fortunate we have been!
6) This thing we live on is BIG!
And finally a sincere "Thank You" to all the motorcycle riders and "Adventure Riders" that sent us emails of ideas and support during the trip. You have no idea how motivating it is to get notes from all over the world!
That wraps up South America for 2005......
But we are looking forward to 2006 and resuming the Adventure, a little older and wiser!
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