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August 20, 2011

Change of Plans

On Thursday morning I left with a group of forty +65 year olds to visit Mendoza and Córdoba in Argentina. The whole reason I was going was so that I could see my mom dance. She has been taking a Chilean folklore dance class for a long time and every year they take a trip to represent Chile at an art festival. Getting to visit Argentina + Seeing her dance + Cheap trip = One happy customer.

However, things didn’t quite go as planned. When our bus arrived at the road that starts to really climb into the Andes, we reached a barracade. The police said that the Argentinian side descent road was closed due to snow. We waited a couple hours, then got some good news. The Argentinian side had opened! The police then informed us that the tunnel was closed. This time we sat down, ate some lunch, and chatted for a couple more hours. We got some more good news. The tunnel was open! But the Chilean side ascent road was closed. After waiting a few more hours, we were informed that the road wasn’t going to open at all. The sun was just beginning to set as we returned to the last little town we’d passed. The plan was to spend the night there and try to cross in the morning.

Things were looking good when we got up in the morning, but the bellman said that it had snowed in the mountains the previous night. Our guide confirmed that we wouldn’t be able to pass until at least Saturday!

My mom left early this morning to try to cross today. She called me later in the morning to say that the road was again closed and there was a long line of buses. She was hoping to pass by 2:00 this afternoon…

The weather here is just crazy. Here in Viña it’s not too bad because we’re close to the Pacific, but it was snowing in Santiago Thursday. There hadn’t been snow in Santiago for twenty years! What a scene!