04.03.2012 - 04.03.2012
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Fish is the theme of the day, since we're now in search of the fish market again. The first one so rundown we didn't see the fish, the second one demolished by the last earthquake 7 years ago, and now in search of the last and biggest one on the way to viña del mar. But not quite there probably because the rich and fancy from viña want to get the impression of an exciting excursion to Valpo since they don't have that in viña... A concrete construction by the see, see lions (!) in front of it in the water, not much fish around anymore, but 5 restaurants to choose from. We like the one with the sodden tables, again not the recommendation of the hotel, and find a table next to 6 older ladies being entertained by a man with guitar, and soon another table, of 6 young man, identifying us quickly, as of their colour, but to shy to start a conversation. We enjoy the seafood, Slobodan his shellfish (!!), and soon we head back to valpo in search of the obligatory coffee. Driving to Bellavista, which we learned must have been a hort of resistance during the Pinochet times, and also should hold some coffee shops. We walk up and down the lovely road, , matching the colours partly, and finally find an upstairs coffee, with a wonderful small terrace overlooking the whole harbour. The coffee is basic, and the coke gets some chocolate to look more fancy, but we can't complain, having that view.
It's time to head back since we leave tomorrow, and the luggage arrangements will take some time, since departure is already at 5am to Santiago airport.
But first, after all the walking, we need some food and head into conception again, another of those many alternative places, a bistro type of institution, with a Dutch/American serving us a sandwich, after a real coffee, without a view. And as so often, only foreigners in the place, some of the, knowing each other already, either because they take the same routes through South America, or trying to survive in Valpo.
Anyway, we pack shortly afterwards and fall to sleep, last time in our room with a window AND a view.