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In which I sleep a lot

Got absolutely no sleep en route to Chile, and had been sleep deprived already, so my start has started out with a great deal of pleasant boredom. Thursday went to sleep after lunch, for 3 hours until S2 woke me up ("It's time for dinner!" "Not for me!") Then four hours, a break around midnight ("NOW it's dinner time I'm starving") and another seven. After all that, I crashed early at 2040 Friday, just for an hour but so solidly I slept through the kids going to bed. Off and on after that, with weird dreams like surviving underwater nuclear explosions (manmade and natural) off of South Africa (first waking thought: "I've never been near South Africa. Oh right, and those nukes don't happen, either.") Then another 2.5 this afternoon in the quiet of the girls being off at some BBQ party, as the thought of being stuck away from home for 9 hours filled me with dread. BBQ is nice, sleep is nicer (and leftover chorizo came home to me anyway, haha!)

Photos:
flowers http://instagram.com/p/wPj2V7FkyX/
cool sun ray http://instagram.com/p/wPkB7RFkzg/ or
sunset at 9pm I told you the time zone is weird http://instagram.com/p/wSMvnZFk97/

Other notes:
Logan Airport security is getting nicer. Shoes stayed on this summer, and this time laptop stayed in as well. Chile security was stricter, I had to take my belt off.
The new Dreamliners look like futuristic white plastic and the windows have controllable polarization instead of shutters but being in economy for 10 hours still sucks (see: no sleep) and there's only USB power (LAN Airlines) (vs. American to NYC, which had a socket but no USB. I'm just grateful there was power, of course.)

Chile no longer charges Americans a reciprocity fee to get in, is worried about Ebola, and proclaims the use of anti-microbial copper keeping us safe somehow. G tells me Santiago is smoggy all the time, like LA in the 1980s. Certainly looked unpleasant from the airport, like Pasadena summer 1993, when even the streetlights would look grayed out from 100 feet away. Okay, maybe not that bad, but then I was only at the airport. Spending a couple days there before I return now seems like a bad plan.

Right. Time to finish up my Argentinian steak ("bistec ganso V", I don't think even my friends have decoded all the meat cut names here) and get some more competitive napping in.

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heron61
Dec. 7th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
Logan Airport security is getting nicer. Shoes stayed on this summer

Did you sign up for one of those pre-check services or did everyone get to keep their shoes on?
mindstalk
Dec. 7th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
I don't remember signing up for everything, though for the summer flight I had upgraded to JetBlue's comfort seats, also it seemed like half the line was being patted down as well (not me). Seemed like everyone was in "shoes on, laptop in" this time, but my sample window wasn't huge.
harimad
Dec. 7th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm going to Santiago soon so look forward to any tips you share. And weather reports.
mindstalk
Dec. 7th, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm in La Serena, was last in Santiago a few years ago, so no current tips or local weather. The Metro was nice. Hotels are likely first world priced, though I got a decent AirBnB room downtown ($80/night, also First World priced). Bunch of restaurant options. Museums are really cheap. I never figured out the buses. Latin American towns are dominated by a Plaza de Armas at the center, which is a focus of people hanging around with their friends, even into the night.
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