Sunday, April 15, 2012


Our last day in Santiago (March 7th) was spent tidying up the apartment and packing for the flight to Miami after another walk around the Centro and having lunch of empanadas and beer at an outdoor cafe just off the Plaza de Armas.

We were able to stay in the apartment until 1930 before getting a ride to the airport for our midnight departure.  The flight went well and we arrived in Miami on time.  It felt good to be back on "home soil" after almost two montha in SAm.  Immigration and customs went smoothly and we were soon in our rental car heading north up the Florida coast.

We drove to West Palm Beach where we went to a restaurant we had read about in USA Today, Relish; we indulged in a couple of specialty hamburgers and a delicious Key Lime Pie shake.  Afterward we walked across the street where I got a beard trim and haircut from a most entertaining barber, Cha Cha.

The next few days were spent visiting family in Fort Pierce and Bowling Green.  On the drive back to Miami for our flight to Green Bay we stopped in Sarasota to have lunch with Joanie whom we had met on the Galapagos trip.  It was fun to hash over common experiences with a new friend.

The flight to Green Bay via Chicago went off without a hitch, but American had messed up my reservation again and RA and I were not able to sit together on the last two legs of our 14 flight segment Return to SAm.

We were greeted in Green Bay with temps in the mid-70s which soon escalated to the 80s for several days before returning to more seasonal, but warmer than average spring temperatures.

The next, and last post on this blog, will be a look back at our latest overseas adventure.  

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