We are flying home from Santiago on the 11th of December 2018, which is exactly 23 months since we left Denmark (the 11th of January 2017). On the 12 of December 2018 we were back in Denmark. My parents (Birgit and Lars) and my grandmother (you can see our arrival in Hamburg here: http://www.lessismore.one/videofromyoutube/) picked us up the Hamburg Airport, Germany. As we arrived at my parents house, the rest of my family was there to greet us. You are the best – love you .
Yes, we have had hard times during our trip, but mostly we have had good times. The hardest part for me was to not see my family for 23 months. All the adventures a long the way and all the people we have met, have given us memories for life.
Maybe you remember one of these moments? We do!
We still had a little bit of time left before departure… going to the mall – Christmas is here
Eating burgers and watching a movie in the cinema – relaxing time
We also spend one day exploring Valparaiso – famous for its murals
Want to see more murals from Valparaiso, check out our post, from when we visited Valparaiso 1 year ago: “Touring Valparaiso – the city of street art”. This time our focus was different. Getting that epic pictures of Valparaiso with one of the classic elevators that Valparaiso is known for.
Love to have fun in the streets – enjoying the summer before going home to winter
Once again we made our own city tour, that would take us to tourist sights and food highlights. Valparaiso is an amazing town to explore on foot, it is almost like a maze, where new murals or viewpoints wait around every corner.
Passing by the oldest standing structure, a Powder Keg Storage built in 1807 by the Spaniards. It was for storage for gunpowder, that had to be delivered to a battery of canons, that were situated long the coast to repel the English Armada after the Napoleonic Wars.
Years past by and at the site of the Powder Keg Storage,the Penitentiary Center of Valparaiso was build and operated from 1843-1999, with a capacity to house 400 inmates
Today the “jail” is a historic monument and a memorial site
Cultural organizations have taken over the buildings and made use of the space
Small details are taking your everywhere. Where is the ant taking us? To lunch at Le Pato (the duck)
Back to the giant Chilean empanadas – these ones where made of whole wheat
Finishing our city tour with Choripan at Kiosko Roca and a “terremoto” at the local bar. “Terremoto” means “Earthquake” in Spanish, so after one of these you get pretty shaken. It is made from pipeño (sweet fermented wine), pineapple ice.cream and grenadine syrup. We did choose to “only” share one, since it is also very filling. If you like cocktails, you sure will like this drink. Highly recommended.
Revisiting friends, who helped us getting the van ready for our adventure 1 year ago. First stop, our friends Jorge and Samantha
Together we went for a beer festival. We also made had them for dinner, but Esben forgot to take pictures… sorry, that can happen, when you are in good company. We really hope, that you will get the chance to visit us in Denmark. More beer, queen music and good times. Thank you for everything .
A final stroll on the beach in Viña del Mar
Driving back to Santiago
Second stop Camper Travel!
Camper Travel has had big success the last year, and their business has grown. Victor, who build the cabinet for the electrical cooler, and Hector, who installed the solar panel and battery, are still working here. Great to see you again.
Third stop, our friend Alberto!
Alberto has been storing our motorcycle helmets and boots for the last year. You can’t set a value on making friends during your trip, but it is giving and important. Alberto is also helping with the storage of the van until the buyers from Holland arrives. He just became a farther 3 weeks ago – CONGRATULATIONS .
Goodbye South America