The journey to complete my 55 Places bucket list continues…
October 16, 2009 at 8:19 am, I had my first glance of South America from my Delta Airlines window seat. I was happy and relaxed, because (lucky me) I didn’t have anyone sitting next to me on the long overnight flight. Chile’s brown, rolling mountains and the coastline were all I could see in either direction and as we got lower, the early morning’s dramatic shadows made the mountains look even more pronounced and beautiful. Of course, my camera was stowed in the overhead compartment, so I wasn’t able to capture this amazing sight, but trust me, it was beautiful.
After landing 35 minutes late, I didn’t have a lot of time to really enjoy the fact that I had finally made it to South America (yay!) because I had to immediately try to make my connection that would get me down to Patagonia. Here are my “in the moment” musings as I wrote in my journal:
“Very stressful. 30 minute line to pay for Entrance Reciprocity Fee. Passport review. Customs. What?! I didn’t get the form? Almost in tears. Almost. Someone helping me w/ my bags in a seas of chaos- is he legit? Yes. Found check-in and -SUCCESS-! Made it w/ time to spare (The plane was late boarding)… It’s amazing how it all worked out!”
The moment we got in the air, I saw the snow-capped mountains to our left. The Andes, I assume? I knew we were going the right direction… to Patagonia! I was in South America!