Yesterday: We took a local bus in Valparaiso, Chile to a long haul 90 minute bus to Santiago, to a local bus to the airport. Then we flew to Montevideo, Uruguay, and then took a local bus into town.
Bus-> Bus -> Bus -> Plane -> Bus
And we still weren’t at our hostel after this – we had to take a cab. So when I saw a girl with a big backpack get off the bus with us, I asked if she wanted to “compartir” (share) a taxi. We shared a taxi, with me in the back with her and David in the front.
Turns out she is from Chile and her name is Daniella. After speaking to her for about 2 minutes, I told her I had a strange question and asked her if she’d mail my 6 postcards that had Chilean stamps on them, which I’d forgotten to mail while still in Chile, when she went home. And she said yes! We’ll see if they make it – I know it’s a bit strange to ask a stranger to carry your post cards across several countries and mail them – but everyone here is so nice so I figured why not (and what else was I going to do with them?). If you’re lucky enough to be one of the 6 people who receive a post card with a Chilean stamp, know that it traveled long and far!
Today we went for a walk on the path along the sea – and who did we run into but Daniella! We greeted each other with hugs and kisses, as is the custom down here, and chatted for a while. We might be in a foreign country, but we still manage to run into people we “know”. It’s a small world after all!
PS We have a lot more to write and have been meeting a lot of awesome people. Hopefully push some more out soon!