Arrival in Chile, preparations…

I'm diving into a pile of Seal Line Nimbus dry bags...Picture by PJU

I was arrived safely at Santiago airport – and was picked up by Peter, who already flew in three hours earlier! Easy to spot him in the crowd, towering over the dark haired mostly shorter South Americans like a shining light house 🙂

Peter himself got picked up by my trustworthy old hosts Ignacia and Cristian Araneda, the same nice couple who already hosted me at the end of leg one! Thanks a lot to them! Ignacia’s tummy has meanwhile been growing with a baby in the sixth month, good to see her well!

The afternoon, after Ignacia’s delicious lunch, I was already diving into merging my three gear bags I left in Chile with the new stuff I brought. Plus, I also enjoyed being Peter’s packing master – while he was buys installing and organizing programs on the many electronics for our trip. I’m the manual worker, he’s the brain…a perfect work sharing! 🙂

All the gear has magically to disappear into a huge pile of my trustworthy Seal Line Nimbus dry sacks – nicely labelled and organized by color and size. Inside the dry sacks, I’m using a variation of ziploc plastic bags to keep the smaller things neetly organized and labelled. My very own little ziplock household! *They* should also sponsor me… 🙂

In the last minute, I could also pick up a range of new, THULE labelled Haglöfs clothing for my trip. Thanks to Haglöfs for sponsoring me! They simply have great functional and comfortable clothing for all situations in (outdoor) life. Back into my trip “uniform”!

I see already a bunch of nice comments and e-mails from my dedicated readers – thanks to all my fans for being back! Please – could you rather NOT comment on facebook, but on the blog itself? I think if you like to read the full blog entry from facebook you need to follow the link to my blog anyway, and then you could also just leave a comment there, if you like? I’m thinking it’s nicer to have all guest comments together on my blog and not spread out…btw, just a few more “Likes”, and I’m hitting the 5000 limit! A *huge* amount for a sea kayaker, but nothing for a soccer or tennis star…thanks for all those “Likes”!


22 comments on “Arrival in Chile, preparations…

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randall lackey

Great to have you posting again.I agree that the comment should be posted here.I enjoy reading them as well.I personally think you are right up there with the tennis or soccar stars or well above them in my book.Best of luck and safe waters to you both


Glad to have you back and posting! Looking forward to keeping track of the next leg of your adventure!

Melinda (from Seattle)


Te deseo lo mejor en esta etapa, admiro la pasion y el coraje que te impulsan en estas travesias. Buena remada y te seguiremos por el blog!!


Todos nós gostamos de ver voçe na água Freya,não fóra dela! kkkk E agora com este novo shildren.Abraços e boas remadas!

Gordon G

May the hand of Aquadominokiltiflickyereye (Scottish God of all things Kayaking) guide you safely home.

Is it possible to get an automatic update on the blog..anyone?

To finally have something worthwhile to read will be a treat. I feel like a student who has been off on summer holiday, ready to return to geography class. Safe travels and smooth paddling. Viel Spass!

Kevin McDonald

Good luck and best regards. Following in fascination!
From a traveling sea kayaker and his inflatable!

Jörg Hofferbert

Hi Freya & Peter, i wish you all, that the second etappe is crowned by success again. That´s a good idea, to do by two one´s. I can´t wait for your beginning.


Looking forward for your daily blogs. All the best for you and Peter.
Kindest Regards from Melbourne

So glad there will finally be something interesting on the internet again. Can’t wait to read about your daily adventures. Church of the Double-Bladed Paddle (a disorganized religion) blesses your trip.


Ich war total begeistert von Deinem Interview bei WDR5 Redezeit. Ohne dem haette ich Euch nie entdeckt, und werde Euch gespannt folgen. Waere am liebsten runtergeflogen um zu winken… Gruesse aus Kalifornien.

Frances Price

I am looking forward to following your progress and cheering you on, Freya! Thank you for the enjoyment I get from your blog, and for your inspiration. I wish you and Peter safe, yet exciting, journey!


Bienvenido en Chile. Toll zu hören,dass Ihr gut angekommen seid. Freut mich auch zu lesen, dass Ignacia und Cristian wieder Eure Helfer sind. Saludos a ellos 🙂
Freya und Peter alles Gute und solltet Ihr in Vina del Mar Hilfe brauchen, habt Ihr noch die letzte Adresse von mir.
Bin im Gedanken bei Euch, freue mich riesig auf Eure Berichte. Hoffe, dass all Eure Vorbereitungen klappen und Ihr eine schöne Zeit in Chile verbringt

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