Aboard the ms Veendam: Chacabuco

Aboard the ms Veendam-“Hi, how are ya? Where ya from?” I thought the accent was unmistakably Bostonian or “Back Bay.” I heard it while walking up the wild-flower covered hill and into the tiny village of Puerto Chacabuco. The welcoming stranger turned out to be one Paul Dion of Falmouth, Mass., the only English speaker resident in a town of about 2000 residents. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday. “I don’t speak much Spanish,” said Paul, going …

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Aboard the ms Veendam: The end and the beginning

ABOARD THE ms VEENDAM –  Our first port call on this fortnight journey was Puerto Montt, named for an early governor of the province. And it is quite literally at the end of the road. The road meaning the Pan American Highway, a noble concept whose opposite extreme is far, far away in Alaska. Pulling up to a small dock was not a practical option for the 55,000-ton, Veendam, so passengers boarded the ship’s tenders which ferried …

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