Yes, this post is, as the title states, just a story. Before I start, I just want to say that I arrived safely, without any drama or melodrama. Santiago is a very pleasant city, with lots of pedestrian streets and gridlock traffic. I would not want to be a driver in the city. It is fun to be a pedestrian as there is always shopping to be done and things to check out.
My first visit to Santiago was in the 1980’s and I can remember is that there was a lot of sweet shops. There are still there but probably not in as high proportions. Now there are also many pharmacies, cloth shops, and department stores. Chile supplies a lot of fruits and vegetables in the Canadian supermarkets. I really did not see any evidence of that on the street. I can only find processed food in the supermarket here. Maybe things would be different in the main harvest season.
Now, my story. I am usually careful in registering my debit card and credit card for traveling. Much to my surprise, I got an error 404 when I went to withdraw money today. It happened in 3 different banks and 3 Scotia bank machines. I tried everything, including asking my brother spencer to call them, but no, I must call in person; the bank will accept overseas collect call. Now, the last time that I made a collect call was 1990, when it was possible to talk to a real operator. The long and short is that no one knows how to make one of those. I eventually just went into one of those stores that allows long distance calls and paid less than 2$; to find out that my bank screwed up by not allowing withdraw in foreign currency after register me for foreign travel.
So, all is good. I am heading south tomorrow morning; 6 AM bus. I should arrive in Puerto Montt 14 hours later. I am sure that there will be other stories to tell.