Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile, Day 32, Tuesday, 3/3/09

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     This is how Valparaiso looked at 5 am as we pulled into port.  I was up so early because Ray was coughing all night and I could not sleep.  I saw the lights of the city on the TV, so I got up.  Sunrise 7:42 am / Sunset 8:12 pm.  Today is the end of the second cruise and the beginning of the third and last leg.  We also had a 7:30 am meeting time for our all-day tour with Gail.  My cold is getting worse.  I can feel that tickle coming at the back of my throat.  Time for my pills.

IMG_4032 When we got off the ship, we were told to put all bags and purses on the floor.  The food sniffing dogs then walked the line.  We were told to bring no food ashore.  Of course some did and were fined.

     Valparaiso is built on hills.  The town is on the lower flat area and the homes are in the hills.  After a short ride through town we rode to the top and then walked around.

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     When people go to work, they let the dogs out to run loose.  Only one dog barked at us.  One chased a cat into a hole.  The homes are painted in bright colors and many are covered in corrugated tin.

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     The above pictures were taken while walking around the upper area.  I love  the black square building in the last picture.  The building at the bottom of it was destroyed in an earthquake so the cleared the interior and built the new building inside the old one.  Here is a picture taken from the ground.

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     Some had coffee in a little shop and then the guide came into the drug store with us to help us buy cough medicine for Ray.  Then others came in to get eye drops and more cough medicine.  There is something going around the ship.  We drove around some more and then headed for Vina del Mar.

     The cities are next to each other as in NJ.  There was quite a difference between them.  Vina del Mar is where people used to go for vacation.  We drove past the clock of flowers, the casino/hotel, the beach and then to the Fonck Museum where they have a (Maori?) statue from Easter Island.

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We then stopped for lunch and we went for Chinese with Mai translated for us.  Of course we had too much food.  It was good.  It rained while we ate and then stopped.  We then stopped in town to go to a supermarket.  Some bought wine and beer, we bought water and snacks.

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When we got back to the ship, there were a few stands in the terminal so we got postcards and a hat.  We later found out there was a strike at the pier and passengers could not get on the ship.  It lasted 30 minutes.  We almost sailed on time, only 15 minutes late.  The boat drill was short because they held it between the two dining times.  Out new table mates did not show up.

     Our entertainment was the hilarious comedy of Carl Faulkenberry.  He was pretty good.

IMG_4022 Our fried was still flying!

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