Gra Nomad Wanderings

Saturday, February 04, 2006


After a 15 hour flight from Sydney to Santiago on a Boeing Airbus 340 we landed safely in the capital of Chile.
Mendoza is a state! It is not just a city. I knew it was a city. The city of Mendoza is between Santiago and Buenos Aires, Argentina. We had decided to go by bus and thought we´d find a youth hostel in Mendoza as we were arriving there about 11 pm. So we booked a youth hostel for 4 of us in Mendoza. What we didn´t know was that the Youth Hostel we´d booked was in Mendoza, the state, and was 3 hours from where the bus would be dropping us. Luckily we picked up on the fact that the area code for the phone number was different. Having found out in time, we changed the booking.
There were some great one liners thrown around. Fay offered some knowledge which turned out to be invaluable. (She knew Mendoza was a state!) Jem immediately replied with Hey let´s allow file sharing! Later Peta said she was oblivious and she´d stay out of it. Jeremy, You should stick at what you´re good at Peta! So we changed the hostel and we´re back in the game!
Our Spanish speaking son Jeremy (27 yr old son often called Jem) has been a huge help in ordering, booking, asking, cancelling, inquiring, phoning and negotiating. We all believe we´d make it without him, but in the meantime, we have survived pretty well and we´re quite relaxed about all the arrangements. Thanks Jem!
Peta´s crook foot that she´s supposed to rest has handled the extensive walking OK.
Hey, tonight we´ve been out for the evening meal. We were just returning to the hotel when we were stopped in the street and given tickets for FREE BEER! Peta and Jem thought all their Christmases had come at once. So back we went to a groovy pub called Schopdog for free drinks. So much for Chile. Next Argentina!

1 What is the capital of Chile?
2 How long in hours was the trip from Sydney to Santiago?
3 How much does it cost in pesos for a jug of free beer in Santiago?
4 How many km long is Chile?
5 What countries border Chile? (There are 3 of them.)

Answers next post.

GUESS how much it cost the 4 of us at a flash restaurant to have a meal and a bottle of Merlot? (Answer in thousands of pesos please.)


At 9:37 AM, Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Great to hear you've arrived safely. (and that you've found internet access.)

My guess? Not that I know what it would be worth but I'll say 27 000.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

Have a FANTASTIC trip!!!

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Ron, KS said...

Hey Keasty!

Ya tried to stump us on the opening sentence: "..from Sydney to Santiago on a Boeing Airbus 340".

Them's 'portant words to a RETIRED Boeing guy. Since you are most likely correct on the "340" part, my guess is you rode an Airbus 340.

Australia is a good customer of Boeing's--a LOT of Boeing 747's and 777's (which I worked on) fly in/out of there.

Glad you made it safe and enjoyed the quiz, but do I win a prize for the error I found????????????


Ron, KS (only 4 months to BAK)

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Keasty said...

too smart ron... good onya.

now in argentina. rodney was pretty close too with his guess!!

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Brad & Marli said...

Hey Keasty,

Glad to hear you made it o/s safely, you'll be glad to know we're home from the honeymoon and your house is still standing, the grass even looks alive (sorta). Well things for us are great, can't believe we are married but hey all is good. Will be keeping an eye on your adventures now we home. Stay safe and God bless.


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