Monday, March 9, 2009
First Day of Vacation
My alarm never went off, so I woke up when the driver of the transfer bus was in front of my house. Our flight to Punta Arenas stopped in Puerto Montt and then in Punta Arenas. We had two meals on the flight. I read a few pages of Isla Misteriosa. At the airport, a man gave me times to see the penguins at la Isla Magdalena. We took a transfer bus to the hostel Backpackers' Paradise. It was only 5,ooo pesos each night per person (about 8 dollars). Then we went to make reservations to see the penguins. It was 20,000 pesos for the boat ride and 1,150 pesos for the bus to the boat. The boat ride was two hours long and then we had one hour to spend on the island with approximately 150,000 penguins. It was absolutely incredible. We were able to get a free ride back to our hostel because the driver thought we paid already becasue I told him the price of the boat but he thought I was talking about bus transportation. Then we went to the grocery store and got things to make pasta. P.S. We met Sergio Rios on our flight in the morning. He's from Mexico and he's a really chill guy. He's a graduate student at the Univ. of Alberto Hurtado for economics and knows spanish, portuguese, and english. We had pasta and stir-fried tomatoes and mushrooms for dinner. The food was incredible. Tomorrow, we will have cereal and banana milk for breakfast. We'll see how that goes. On the boat, we met a nice couple from Australia. The man worked in Ft. Meade, Maryland. We also met a guy from Brazil.