We have been here a week now and we are settling in nicely. Classic mid latitude autumn weather with crisp mornings and warm mid day , or blowing rain.
Handy cheap frequent buses to Valdivia city with a great daily farmer’s and fisherman’s market.
The community of people on cruising boats at Marina Estancilla is typically mixed with the different economic strata of western society well represented , from the wealthy to the nearly penniless.
In a few days I am going to get on a bus and travel 11 hrs to Santiago to meet Barb who is going to spend a month with me in Chile. She is leaving a really nice month in BC for a worsening weather month in Los Rios area of Chile. Still the temp has not dropped under 8 c and it apparently rarely does. No snow or frost here.
Meredith is going to go travelling in SA and has only to decide on her mode of travel. More on that later.
I changed the heater tank , pulled out the corroded aluminum tank and replaced it with a normal red 5 gal plastic jug. The vent was drilled out and a nipple threaded in to accept the fuel hose. Installed on its side on a small shelf in
the head compartment and the filler can be cracked occasionally for venting. Very simple. I refilled it using a squeezebulb and hose normally used on an outboard motor fuel line.
We have pretty good Wifi from a resort a few hundred metres away using Doug Swanson’s wifi antenna.
It is a huge workout for my Spanish skills here. Nobody speaks english. This is excellent. I hope to progress beyond spanish pidgin. Start with Ser and Estar , right ?
Meredith is nearly fluent but finds it exhausting to have a casual conversation , as they do not make any allowances for her.
Geoff and Linda on Curare are still enroute ,about 500 miles from valdivia , but they are in calm conditions , so are motoring.
Emily on ‘Bobbie’ is still at Easter and may now be hauled out by crane. I will check her website. www.bobbiesailsaround the world.com
Lots more stories about the other cruisers here as they have come from all over the world. Later.
Great local beer.
Walking is good.
Marina is $175 per month.
That’s it for now.