10/2/13. We’ve been in San Pedro for a few days! We’re stranded!! It’s a small town with everything built of mud and straw bricks, some buildings are painted white and its very dusty!
San Pedro is not meant for rain!
We were going to go and see some geysers high up in the mountains near the Bolivia border, float and swim in hot pools and salty lagoons, then take a bus into northern Argentina but then, on the first afternoon, it started to rain. There was lightening and the loudest thunder we ever heard! We were in our apartment at the hostel and water started to pour under the door!
After 20 minutes we were wading in muddy water up past our ankles!
The whole town was flooded, the electricity went off and we have been stranded ever since! There were no trips and no buses out of San Pedro because the roads were either broken or blocked by snow!
Imagine being in the desert where it almost never rains and getting flooded!
It’s hot and sunny in the mornings and almost everything dries out then the clouds roll in and the rain comes down and floods everything again! We help scoop and sweep to try to keep the rooms dry and we’re sleeping in a drier room.
On the second night, we gathered around the big table in Sandra’s kitchen and shared her daughter’s birthday treats, as a thank you for our efforts and made friends with Toni and Jay who taught us new card games and arm wrestled with us!
Yesterday, we decided to take Flat Stanley out to buy him a hat like mine – we’ve been looking for one for a while. We should’ve got one in Peru or Bolivia when we saw loads! You can get great woolly hats to keep you warm on cold nights in the mountains! Anyway, we couldn’t find one, but then today, when Stanley was home, we found the perfect hat and got it for him as a surprise!
A hat for Flat!
When we got back we quickly looked for Stanley to try it on – but where was he?
He was missing!
Did he get lost on our shopping trip yesterday or was he lost in the rain, under the bed, hidden in a book?
Disaster! Flat Stanley lost in the desert and we were so worried about him!
And not sure how to break the news to his parents, Mr and Mrs Lambchop back in England!
We searched high and low. My Mum cycled around San Pedro on a rickety old bike that the hostel lent her and looked for him everywhere but he seemed to be gone!
Perhaps he’d got himself mailed home or would show up somewhere in our luggage rolled up or tucked in a book?!!
Then this morning we were packing when Oma spotted him trapped under the table. He was very quiet but awfully pleased when I gave him his new hat!
We’ve found a bus to go back to Calama and then we will have to do another long bus trip overnight to La Serena, a town by the sea further south. And Flat Stanley is safely on the bus with me now!