As with all good things, this trip too must come to an end. We are currently in the amazing city of Valparaíso, Chile, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is the second largest in Chile (I think), and is perched precariously on about 3 dozen hills above the harbor below. The city has been damaged several times by earthquakes, but each time manages to rebuild and prosper. Unique to the city are the ascensores, which are basically really old elevators that take passengers from the few low streets near the harbor to the various hills that rise sharply above. Most were built around the turn of the last century, and haven´t been introduced to a can of WD-40 since then. The really do sound awful, which isn´t reassuring when you´re sitting 200 feet off the ground.
Anyway, we´re going to go enjoy our last few hours in Valpo before we head back to Santiago and then back to the US overnight.
We will continue to update the blog after we get home, as I realize that more detailed accounts of our last couple of weeks are still lacking. Also, we´ll post pictures when we get them on our computer, so please keep checking in!