On another flight from Bogota to Santiago the pilot got word that the airport at Santiago was fogged in. We were too far into the flight to turn back so the pilot had to put the plane down in the middle of the desert that stretches between northern Chile and southern Peru. The city where we landed is called Antofagasta. It was founded by a copper mining company. The locale is about as desolate as anything this side of the moon. We spent a couple of hours sitting on the plane looking out at the desert, then the pilot got the “all clear” and we proceeded to Santiago.
Dr. Larry Day is a retired foreign correspondent turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase on Amazon.