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March 18, 2009

Santiago: Centro

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Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago

Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago

Unlike in Italy, there are Starbucks in Chile.  This fact we confirmed after sleeping late and missing breakfast at our hotel.  Becky hit the streets to find coffee and came back with Starbucks.  It seemed better than the other nearby option, Dunkin’ Donuts!  Its (more…)

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March 13, 2009

Chile: San Francisco to Santiago

Filed under: Chile 2009, Travel — anotherheader @ 4:01 am

Sounds good, but I think they were just looking for suggestions in El Salvador

Sounds good, but I think they were just looking for suggestions in El Salvador

“Your names are not on the list,” the gatekeeper of the line in San Francisco for the TACA check-in said.

“How can that be?” I said, gripping a sheet of paper with our itinerary printed on it as if it would change everything.  “This can’t be a good thing.” I thought but didn’t share.

“What day did you think your flight was on?” the gatekeeper asked.

“The seventh?” I returned, pronouncing the words slowly as doubt crept into my mind.  Our flight was scheduled to leave just after midnight.  It would be easy to confuse the days, but a quick glance at the just crinkled itinerary confirmed that we were at the airport before midnight on the 6th, as we should be.

Eventually, the gatekeeper let us pass and join the line of people and their large, overstuffed bags heading to a place that most of them had been before.  We were different.  We hadn’t been there before and right now, it looked like we might not get to go, after all.

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March 2, 2009

Kennedy Space Center

Filed under: Travel — anotherheader @ 12:47 am

Saturn IB in the Rocket Garden

Saturn IB in the Rocket Garden

Tourist visits to Florida does not rank high on my “must do” list.  Perhaps my view has been stilted as I have traveled frequently to the Orlando area, initially to visit my parents and then later help relocate my mother’s household to Washington State.  That the long (more…)

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