Leaving the JCR after an extended cruise was a sad time for all of us; on the 11th, we said our goodbyes and headed to the Stanley airport. For those of us traveling to both Europe and North America, there was still a long journey before reaching home.  We first flew into Punta Arenas, Chile, from Stanley, and then continued on to Santiago. Our flight schedules gave us almost a full day to explore Santiago. We started at Plaza de Armas and visited the Cathedral while there was a Sunday morning service going on, walked around the fish and vegetable markets before the afternoon crowds poured in and then took the funicular at San Cristobal to see a bird’s eye view of the city. Enjoying the panorama, we had a glass of the ‘refreshing national drink’ mote con huesillo. I thought the architecture and ambiance of some parts of Santiago were very similar to the Basmane neighborhood in Izmir (I am a probably little homesick by now). And then when I found myself comparing Pablo Neruda, the Chilean Nobel-prize winning (1971) poet to Yorgo Seferis, a Greek Nobel prize winning (1963) writer from my hometown Urla, Izmir, I decided to stop thinking so hard and just enjoy Santiago in the few hours we had left.

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