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Part 1 - Crossing into Chile: A bad start

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My trip into Chile didn’t start off well. On the first attempt I didn’t make it beyond the hotel.

I walked out to the car and oil was all over the street. The car rental agency said it would take a day to get me a different car. Then a dry cough kept me up all night, my sunglasses got lost, and it took 1.5 hours to find the road out of town due to a lousy map and no street signs. I was in a really bad mood.

Cafe de Te

But then things started to change. As I got on the road it became increasing beautiful with the long blue lakes and forests. About 10 kilometers from the border of Chile I saw a wooden sign for a cafe and decided to take a chance.

It was down an unpromising dusty gravel road, but I’m glad I went there. It was a perfectly maintained, very German, log cabin. Outdoor seating, flowers, and about 500 meters from the lake.

Chicken and riceTo eat, I ordered a chicken and rice plate, and a small bottle of Coke. Both were delicious - I don’t drink Coke a lot,  but I think it tastes better outside the United States (I’ve heard it’s because they use real sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup - it seems to have more of an acidic taste which I like). At the least it is more appetizing because it comes in tiny glass bottles rather than the plastic ones.

So from a really bad start, my day got better, and I hadn’t even reached the border.

Just wait until you read what happens next. And yes, it involves a hitch-hiker.

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