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Day 6

Valparaiso, Chile

Today we traveled a few hours outside of Santiago to the neighboring towns of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. Originally we were supposed to go to a copper mine today and Valparaiso tomorrow but bad weather caused us to change our plans and ended up working out nicely, I think we all enjoyed Vina del Mar’s beaches and the opportunity to shop at the street market!

Prior to Vina del Mar, we took a guided tour around Valparaiso, which became the major port town of Chile following the earthquake’s destruction in Conceptcion. Valparaiso has been strongly influenced by English, German, and Spanish immigrants, which was apparent in the architecture, even though much of the architecture was either dilapidated or had been damaged in earthquakes. One of the most interesting things about the city was the fact that each group of immigrants still has their own active fire station in the town. After our tour we headed to the Yacht Club for lunch before taking off to Vina del Mar.

Vina del Mar was absolutely beautiful. It was much more touristy than Santiago and Valparaiso so we fit right in! The boys spent most of their time at the casino, where TJ and Jake doubled their dinero, and the girls went to the outdoor vendors before meeting up for a drink at the beachside restaurant.

A few side thoughts about the day:
1) Do they have a pound in Chile? Stray dogs are about as common as squirrels in the States.
2) What is the deal with cold meat? We were served cold beef and salmon as our starter course at the Yacht Club, gross.

Okay, we’re off to Bella Vista for our last group dinner and night out!

permalink written by  SantiagoFellows on May 15, 2010 from Valparaiso, Chile
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On May 9th the 2011 class of Neeley Fellows will leave Fort Worth for a week long trip to Santiago, Chile. This blog will document our trip and will be frequently updated by Bailey Lang, Lauren Farrelly, Carson Bassett, Faith Anne Pustueller, and Kate Putney.

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