I have received such a warm welcome in Santiago and everyone has been so helpful. I recommend the services of Julio and his team at OTSI in Santiago. They have booked me into great accomodation for my stay, arranged my pick up at the airport and transfer to my hotel and have organised me to go on a tour to the ocean today and found a local laundrette I can use during my stay. Julio has been in good contact by e-mail and phone and made sure I have evrything I need: firstname.lastname@example.org
The staff at Time Suites have got my internet connection up and running easily (costs $8 for 24 hours usage - and you can stop the clock and use up in blocks - it is by cable not wireless and you are given a cable for $9 deposit). they have also lent me power adaptors (it is a three pin vertical socket here) for a $5 deposit each. Brought me extra hangers, given me directions to places etc. Their English is excellent and they couldn't be more helpful.
It took me several attempts to find somewhere to cash UK sterling travellers cheques (If you are coming to Chile and haven't ordered yours yet I suggest you you get them in US$.
Just interupted by a Skype call from my Dad - first time I've used Skype from abroad. Got a really great sound and video picture and it was lovely to talk to him on-line. I'm so pleased to discover my Skype connection is going to work here because I have two young children and this is the longest I have evr been away from them. If we are able to Skype that will really make a difference to us.
Well I shall get ready to go to breakfast now which is over the road in the main Time Suites hotel building. I am off on a one day tour to the ocean at Valparaiso and Vina del Mar today.