After 2 weeks on a bottom bunk in an 8 person room being eaten alive by skeeeters, I'd had enough of that shit. So when I parted ways with Mat, I shacked up alone for 2 days in a decent hotel in Reņaca, just north of Viņa del Mar/Valparaiso. It had secure underground parking, a pool (which was useless, it wasn't warm enough and it pissed rain the whole time I was there), it had a flat screen and a little kitchenette. But what mattered most was this...I had my own bathroom! I never realized how much I valued my own space. I spent those couple days eating and drinking well, reorganizing all my gear, wandering listlessly along the beach, sleeping and watching TV. It was lovely. Feeling re-energized, I made the short trip to Valparaiso. I arrived at my reserved hotel only to find that it was closed for the season. Hm...so I moseyed down the street and found an inviting hostel. Here's a photo from the beach in Reņaca, if this photo shit works
maybe switching from Flickr to Photobucket soon?