This blog is posted when we travel overseas taking a break from our Fulltime RV Life.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Off to Easter Island

Another very early morning with breakfast at 6:30 local time and consisting of pre-made  little triangles of cheese and ham on thin white bread. There was also a cup of unsweetened plain yogurt which was very strong tasting and very good. Hard as it may be to believe, neither of us took a photo of it, though with it being white bread and white yogurt on a white plate it wouldn't have made very good photo anyway. Considerate Bob.

After that we stood in line. No, really, that's what we did. Being Sunday, there was only one flight to the Island, but it was on a 787 that completely full. First we waited to get our boarding passes. The line extending far out into the terminal from the back and forth marked off area. While we waited in line our guide was doing all she could to have our luggage on this flight. It had arrived from Miami, but the big question was would it be transfered to our flight before we pulled away from the gate. If so there will be smiles in the baggage area on the Island. If not then what will be will be. I have learned from this baggage incident that a woman can do without most anything, but if she doesn't have a hair brush it is the next closest thing to the earth ending. I have also learned that suggesting she merely run her fingers though her hair is positively the wrong thing to say. Badly Scorched Bob.

There actually wasn't any backup at security, but when we reached the entrance to the concourse our gate was on, the doors were looked.  This time the wait wasn't as long to check in, so the wait was only a little over a half hour. It was just that there was no where to sit so we once again stood for the entire time.

The morning couldn't end without another wait, this time to board the plane. Did you know you wait in line for a long time when your group is the last one to board. Patient Bob. Not Quite So Patient Linda.

In the end we did board the aircraft as our selfie documents. Today we were in the center three seat section with Linda on the aisle and her ever faithful companion occupying  the middle seat. You can't say I don't know my place. Well Trained Bob.

The flight to Easter Island takes 5 hours and is two time zones to the west. Looking at the map it comes very close to being in the proverbial middle of nowhere. It also makes Chile a lot bigger than it appears, 3,000 miles north and south and 2,000 miles east and west. And it is actually on 200 miles farther from Tahiti than it is to Chile, which is 2,000 miles to the east.

Meanwhile, Latam Airlines was saving breakfast on board.  Neither Linda or I eat a big breakfast, preferring just enough to break the normal over night fast. It will be interesting to see what a typical Chilean breakfast is like.

The view from the back of our section of the plane shows people engaged in a variety of persuits. I was surprised to find a photo of myself on Linda's camera. You will note that I am pretending to be asleep, when I  am actually reading the notes about Easter Island. Pinocchio Bob.

Before long it touchdown on one of the planet's longest runways, completely designed and built courtesy of the  US taxpayers as an alternate emergency landing field for the space shuttle. Speaking of touchdowns I took this photo just before Linda touched her foot down all on Easter Island for the very fist time. And I only had to shove one little old lady out of the way to beat Linda down the ramp. No jet ways here, everything is in the open air for the one plane a day lands.

In the baggage claim area it was Happy Days are here again, as both our bags arrived when we did. Annie deserved all the credit as she had really worked to make it happen if it was possible.

After a late light lunch that included a new way to drink lemonade, cut back on the sweetener and add some fresh grated ginger, we were off on tour of this end of the Island. Today was about history and different cultures that had inhabited the Island during the past 1500 years. One thing that stood out was the shear beauty of the island. The thing was how little we knew about the actual history of the Is land.

I Realize everyone thinks of the statues we they think of Easter Island, so I included one photo of Linda beside a statue. This one was 7 feet tall with nearly all of it buried in the ground. Tomorrow will be a day filled with statues, so it will likely be overloaded with photos of Linda next to one statue after another. It's a very long day and we are both beat, so I'll wish everyone a good night from Easter Island.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A day in Santiago

OOSTSnot rival anI it tSantiago was at 6:40 for local time. Santiago being 2 hours ahead of Texas that meant it was 4:44 Texas time. It is going to be a long day. Remember how just yesterday I wrote that the stuck would be getting the problems on the tour over with right at the start.  then I next wrote about how even though we never check our baggage, we were going to check our baggage for this trip. I guess you probably already know what happens when we showed up at the baggage carousel, nothing, as in no luggage.  it turned out we were the only one on the flight there were about 50 more people in the same situation. we learned that an entire container of luggage had been loaded on a plane from Miami instead of one are playing for Santiago. as a number of people were saying, typical of American Airlines.  Supposedly they will deliver it to our hotel tomorrow, however there is one small problem, we won't be in Santiago anymore, we will be out on Easter Island. Maybe yes maybe no but in the end it'll make for a very good story. Still Smiling Bob and Linda.

 The line moved extremely slow, like the first person took a half an hour to get all the paperwork filled out. That was when I figured out that if I circled all the way around the group and went over to the far side and kind of slide in about 4 people back where  the line was about 6 or 7 people wide we just might get helped out quicker.the reason being there was a counter space that wasn't occupied over there on that side. Sure enough someone finally sat there and we eventually helped.  And we were soon helped.  I hadn't forgotten a few of the tricks I'd Learned during all those decades I spent traveling for business.

Since we were so late we were wondering if someone from OAT was still going to be there to meet us.  After exiting the baggage area we were standing there looking like two lost souls when this wonderful and pretty young woman came up to us and said are you Bob and Linda.  She already knew about the lost luggage and later took all of our information so they can work to see that our luggage shows up in Easter Island. That really made our day.  I must say here though that if and when it actually shows up on Easter Island that will really, really make our day.

Looks like they were expecting Linda and I to be on the outs with each other considering all the travel problems we had. or at least it looked that way when we walked into our room and saw the twin beds. It was like we wouldn't even be talking to one another and who'd want to sleep next to each other. That's not the case at all, we're still smiling and laughing.

 One of the things we really like about OAT tours is the fact that they are small groups.  On our pre-trip there are only 8 people which makes it very easy to hear the guides especially since I don't have my charger for my hearing aids charger thanks to American Airlines.

 When it rains it pours. here's Linda standing in the turnstile of the metro station. Notice that Linda can not get through the turnstile of the metro station even though she put her ticket in the machine. Notice that Linda's ticket did not work.  She wasn't the only one though. We have to wonder what's going to happen next. Fearful Bob.

 You know that old saying, when in Chile do as the Chilean's do. Well that's what we did tonight. One of the drinks that is renowned in Chile is called a Pisco Sour. Let us just say that after two or three Pisco Sours everything is a blur. The closest thing we could describe it as is a margarita,  just not as sweet. Something tells me there are more of them in our future, even if we are not in Chile

 Dinner what's a fish called Hake.  Understand that Santiago is a long way from the sea so it was a little bit of puzzle is to why our dinner was fish.  Then came dessert which way more than made up for the puzzle over the fish which was fabulous by the way. The dessert was papaya served in a way we've never had it before. Now we just have to figure out how to fix it when we get back to the States. Suffice it to say that Linda was in 7th Heaven.

 Returning to our room we had a fitting end to our day. but first let me say that at dinner we learned that our luggage is not going to be at Easter Island tomorrow, it is going to be at Easter Island if the day after tomorrow, because tomorrow there is only one flight to Easter Island with leaves about the same time that our luggage will arrive from Miami. anyways back to the fitting end of the day having done by late evening Duty into the toilet I pulled up the knob which flushes The toilet.  As you can see , when I pulled it up it pulled completely out of the toilet. I'm sure it can't get any worse. and you thought you had a bad day.

Please be forewarned thar internet connections Easter Island are spotty at best. It is highly likely there will be no posts while on the Island. If so I will post all the blogs when we return to the mainland on Thursday. Easter Island here we come, just not the way we expected. The neat thing is that all the people who have clothes are loaning things to those who are without baggage. More on that later, but I do now have a pair of socks!

It's very late at night. No error checking happen bore this post. Trust it is readable. Very Tired Bob.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Leaving on a Jet Plane

AS before I need to say that because I'm using the Blogger app all the photos are at the end of the post, so each paragraph basically talks about a different photo. I haven't got it worked out yet if I just write without mentioning the photo or not. So if you get lost don't be afraid to tell me what you'd like.

The first photo is a picture of our coach and our bags siphotof in front it's what it didn't show the most interesting. We were ready early for once then Roger and Dianne, who are giving us a lift to the airport pulled in and at that moment I put the key in the door to lock the coach. Unfortunately when I went to remove the key from the deadbolt lock it didn't, as in it didn't come out no matter how hard I pulled or Linda pulled. Finally I opened a bay door, got out a pair of pliers and with a wiggle or two it came right out. Next was a couple of posts of graphite and it worked like a charm. Don't you just love it when the only problem you'll have on the entire trip is the very first thing you encounter!

I know they say the women in South America are among the most beautiful in the world, still it's nice to know my travel companion is going to up grade that beauty level even more. Lucky Bob.

There was always one  thing we did whever we flew, but I can't say  that anymore. Today for the first time we have actually checked our bags.  no don't get the idea we have exceeded the dimensions or weight for carry-ons because as always very far under,  it's just that since  we won't be traveling on our own at all this trip we decided this would just be easier. Besides, if our luggage doesn't get to Santiago the tour company take care of it. Dreamer Bob.

Just in case anyone was wondering if we really were taking another trip, our trademark selfie should answer the question. The most amazing thing was that I only had to take four selfie before she how gives her stamp of approval to my photos did just that. Why it it that I have to take multiple photos of her before one is approved, yet when she takes a photo of me, only one is ever needed. Could it be that yours truly is so handsome and photogenic only one is needed for that perfect photo? Decidedly Delusional Bob.

Our overnight flight to Santiago out of Dallas was on completely full 787, meaning there was someone in the seat between us. It made for fit full night of sleep. At least the seat had an easily accessible electrical outlet.

All to soon the overhead lights came on an what passed for breakfast was served. 3:30 is a little early to wake up even Mr. Early To Rise And Shine. I'll not even comment on how Linda felt about her night's non-sleep, or the early morning breakfast, etc. as it is possible that young children may read this.