04.09.2014 - 04.09.2014
Spoiled myself with another sleep-in this very last day in San Pedro and moreover Chile. I was a little sad to leave yet nice to get back home again. Ate breakfast at 8am and later went back to my room to pack everything down in my bags and since I had found my portable baggage scale again I could weigh-in my baggage to be sure to avoid going over the maximum weight limit. Check-out from the hotel was at 11am and I paid for the massage with all the Chilean pesos I had left and the rest with my credit card. It’s always nice to get rid of cash in currency that you can’t use back home. My transfer back to Calama and El Loa Airport was scheduled at 11.30am and a young Chilean man showed up to pick me up. I don’t remember his name but he was very nice and spoke well English. He had been working in New Zeeland for a year and therefore spoke well English. Chilean citizens can file for working visas in countries like New Zeeland, Canada, Germany and Denmark (if I remember correct). When I told him I would love to visit New Zeeland one day he recommended places for me to visit. Unfortunately I don’t remember everything he told me so I should have written that down – that’s me in a nutshell :P
About an hour later I was back at El Loa Airport in Calama. I checked in my baggage all the way to Madrid (via Santiago) since it was the same flight company (LAN Airlines) and it’s always nice not to care about the baggage. My flight took off at 2.30pm and the weather was as nice and clear as when I arrived a few days earlier. You could see the desert extend underneath and when we started to approach Santiago you could clearly see the smog started to appear and stood out as a dark foggy shadow. Had I really been breathing that air for a week!? After descending through all smog and clouds the airplane landed at a rainy and gloomy Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport at 4.35pm. Even though I didn’t have to claim my baggage I still had to “re-check” myself so to speak and leave my tourist card at the border-control police booth and get a stamp in my passport that I was leaving the country. The line to the passport control was not long but shortly after about 200 people came, so I was lucky to get there in time. The flight from Santiago to Madrid would departure at 6.55pm so now I had plenty of time to buy something to eat, and shopping at Tax-free. I found a box of perfume with 5 small bottles by Calvin Klein… and yes, as a big fan of Calvin Klein I just had to buy it When I sat down at the gate waiting for boarding to start I noticed it was going to be a big Dream Liner Airplane. Nice As I like that model. Big and spacey even for economy class. I had managed to get an aisle seat right behind business class so I had extra room for my legs. Great! So now I was looking forward to roughly 12 hours and 40 minutes in the air before landing at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.