I just got my film back from our trip to Chile last month! This is all just one disposable camera, which ran out halfway through the trip. As I wrote in my post about packing, I decided not to bring my iPhone. for the first week or so, I had to remind myself to not worry about taking pictures when I saw something cool. But after that, it was so nice to look at a mountain or a beach or a cute dog and just enjoy it. I think next time I'll bring a point and shoot to get some better quality, but for now I kind of love how grainy these guys are. Enjoy!
Downtown Valparaiso / Seeking morning coffee
Valparaiso / Suzy looking for graffiti
Valparaiso / Much hill, very steep
Valparaiso / Graffiti and a pack of wild cats and dogs
Santiago / The view from my bed
La Serena / Pink
La Serena / The overpass that led to the grocery store
La Serena / Drunk on the beach + a big cross
La Serena / Alexis
La Serena / The view from our hostel
Vicuña / A dog at an observatory
Isla de Damas / We got so much air going over waves in this boat!
Isla de Damas / The smell of pee and poo was more than you can imagine
Isla de Damas / Entering a cave
Isla de Damas / Hola buddies!
Isla de Damas / Cool as a cucumber
Isla de Damas / Hiking on another planet
Pisco de Elqui / Searching for food
Valle de Elqui / Morning campsite
Valle de Elqui / Mountain hike with a stray dog
Valle de Elqui / Home of UFOs and the clearest night sky in the world
La frontera / Mystical moutains
Bathroom break / Lava markings?
The Lago in the middle of nowhere / It was so freezing and windy
Different coloured mountains / Those specks on the sand are goats
We did a lot more once the film ran out, and I never really got to take too many pictures of friends or family. We were too busy eating, really. At some point I'll go through Alexis's iPhone and take out some good ones. There were volcanoes and hot springs and bike polo and parties!!
So now that we're home, after 5 weeks, what were the best parts, and what were the parts I'd do a bit differently next time? Not much. I'd like to travel further North, and hang out in the desert. Chile is long as heck, so even though we covered a lot of ground, I feel like it would take a year to see it all. Maybe next time we'll go for that long? Also, I would pack more dresses, and eat more fruit. You cannot eat enough fruit in Chile. The best part though? I really did feel like we lived there. We hung out at pal's houses, picnicked, biked around, bought groceries, had dinner with family, and I definitely surprised myself with how much Spanish I could speak. We felt so welcomed by everyone, it made it so hard to say goodbye. Okay, I'm going to stop writing before I get too sappy, or start crying because I can see snow falling outside my window right now. See you soon, Chile! xo