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Chilling in Arica [YQrtw Day 88 Jul 6]

Location: Arica, Chile

I usually pride myself in being one of the first few people who wake up earliest for breakfast. It’s some stupid thing I think of to feel superior over others who drink themselves silly the night before.

However, at Arica Surfhouse where I was staying, I was the last to wake up at 8:30am. There were 11 other beds in my room but I the only one in the room when I woke up.

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

I guess I have to explain a little about this hostel. It’s called Arica Surfhouse and surfing is one of its selling points. There are surfboards everywhere and people just look tanned and happy. Oh, at 6:30pm, there is a free yoga session (tips happily accepted).

Oh, a guy with a beard was doing yoga when I left the room for lunch.

I guess all signs point to a health hostel and not a party hostel which totally fits me. Plus, the Brazilian receptionist looks like a cute non-Hulk Edward Norton but is unfortunately sexist (the things you learn by being at the wrong place at the right time.

Anyway, I decided to extend one night’s stay here in Arica because sitting on a bus for several hours to Arequipa kind of scares me now.

What do I do with an extra day in Chile? Nothing, like in Kandy and Athens.

Still, I don’t want to leave Arica and tell everyone that I didn’t take a look at the town so I went out around noon for lunch and some photos.

Views of Arica

After being in the big Europe-like cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago, I felt that I finally had a real taste of South America. Well, at least small town South America.

Liquor store opposite my hostel
Liquor store opposite my hostel

Buildings here don’t go too high up. Buildings are painted in bright colors but they are all in harmony with their neighbors.

Playschool in Arica
Playschool
Arica, Chile
Arica, Chile
Shop in Arica
Shop in Arica

Christopher Columbus Square

San Marco church
San Marco church

I decided to tick one thing off my Things to See in Arica. I checked my location on Google Map and walked down San Marco street to the San Marcos de Arica Cathedral. This church was commissioned to Gustave Eiffel, not that I could tell.

Christopher Colombus square in Arica
Christopher Colombus square in Arica
Pretty street of Arica
Pretty street of Arica
Aduana in Arica
Aduana in Arica

I debated whether I should check out the beach which was about 5 minutes away. I decided not to because I don’t care much for the beach, even if there are seals.

After the walk, I headed back to the hostel for a good nap. Now it’s about 7pm and it’s pitch black. I should go out and find food but I’ll take my time.

The next time I write, hopefully I’m in Peru.

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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