The first photo in the slide show is from last week when we drove back to Puerto Varas to pick up our re-galvanised 20 metres of chain. Logistically this was a big project. Would have been easier to send my chain down on the bus. In the end it cost me only about $50 for the galvanising , but about $60 for gas money.
Gloria came with us for the day. Gloria is traveling for a couple of months around South America and trying to use the Couchsurfing network. We have an empty pilotberth. Meredith organised it and it worked out well., for 3 nights. Then she headed off to Chiloe Island and eventually Ushuaia.
Next photo is from my new local pub , now that I am in town. The Ultima Frontera is a great and trendy restaurant pub with 6 choices of draft beer and 2 woodstoves. It lies north of the marina about 4 or 5 blocks. These guys just happened to be playing one evening , and are probably on youtube somewhere , judging from all the recording equipment.
Then there are 4 photos from last Tuesday’s edition of the Diario Austral newspaper in Valdivia. The Valdivia Yacht Club is hosting the world championship for a sailing dinghy class called the Pirate, next January. Competitors are coming from 15 different countries , many in Europe. It is a big deal , and they received some government funding, hence the newspaper coverage. The Manager and President of the club happened to pose in front of the Silas Crosby for the publicity shot.
Also the volcanic ash continues to spew to the east of us , but from a different volcano, and it still makes the local news.
The last page discusses a local glaciology conference with international attendance , and a photo of the Campo de Hielo del Sur. The southern icecap in the Andes is huge. I remember reading Eric Shipton’s account of their crossing in the 1960’s. Also Tilman made a foray onto this icecap from his boat ‘Mischief’ , I think a few years earlier (Mischief in Patagonia).
The previous blog might be a bit of a mystery. Livia on a yacht called Estrellita has a couple of websites dedicated to interviews of people out sailing in small boats. Mostly this is for dissemination of information to other cruisers. She asked interviewees to post the answers to questions on their own website , then she will transfer them to her own website.