Right folks, a blow by blow account of what happens for the next week or quite possibly in my case; what doesn't happen )
Firstly, getting 2 heavy bags and a small carry on to here with a knackered shoulder took some doin'. However the flights were excellent if a little delayed. 2 hours from Frankfurt
, a quick trip to the lounge for a G&T and a smoke then back to the rather spacious and comfortable world of the new LAN business class for the 13 1/2 hour leg to Santiago
. Longest flight I have ever done, and funnily enough the second most comfortable after Singapore Airlines business class, really excels ovcer Air France and Lufthansa and is better than BA, so I was a happy boy. Also the selection or Chilean and Argentinian red they were plying me with was excellent and complemented the two dinners I had as I was on both legs of the same flight...lol
Enough space to pitch a tent.
So upon arrival at Santiago, and one hell of a bumpy decent over the Andes. I fly frequently, but if I am honest I was a wee bit jittery!! Through immigration and customs at a breeze to find my driver who was a really sound fella more than happy to chat the 2 1/2 hours in English and command a healthy tip :)
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So upon arrival, bags collected from car and check in took about 3 minutes, room was ready at 11.45am which surprised me. Everything was a little chaotic to be honest, but this was compensated by the sheer number of staff on hand to facilitate. Room is a little worn, but has everything you need, and when you consider the location, age of the place and route by road to get here it's not surprising.
One bed for afternnon nap, and a fresh one for a good nights kip
No cat swinging in here, but has all you need including a deep bath
.....which I am standing in!
Everything is self contained. They have nightly boot check and ski/board check, full rental and service facilites. From what I have seen so far, efficient, no queues and friendly.
Bit overcast this afternoon but the setting is magnificent, I am so looking forward to seeing it in the sun and getting some decent piccies.
So first couple of hours in, bathed, watered, not too tired and ready to see what happens at night.... food, drink, dancing and altitude sickness no doubt ) which reminds me the bathroom has a wee first aid kit which constitutes of 2 Asprin, Alka Seltzer and a Band Aid, my kind of place!!!! will report as it happens and update with pics.