In the latest installment of “Takizawa Hideaki‘s Journey Cutting Through 4800km of South America” (滝沢秀明 南米縦断4800キロの旅), Tackey-san camps out for the first time. It’s already quite late, and he has to figure out how to set up his tent. Unfortunately, the instructions are in Spanish.

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Fortunately, tents these days are pretty self-explanatory and Tackey-san manages to put it together (though they don’t tell us how long it takes him).

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The next order of business is dinner, and he finally breaks out the 6 kg ham he bought in Santiago.

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I can’t say I approve of the way he heated it up, but I think he was desperate to get something into his stomach and get to sleep.

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While he gave us the obligatory “oishii”, he didn’t look too impressed with the result. He also decided that he would have liked something else to eat with it. Just having ham is a bit harsh on the stomach.

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One thing you can enjoy while camping that you can’t in the comfort of a city is the night sky. For those who have lived in cities all their lives (like me), those little specks he’s looking at are the stars – turns out there are a whole lot of them, after all. By the way, I’m totally envious whenever they get a shot like this – I (a sci-fi writer) have never seen a sky like that. The best I’ve seen through the light pollution is a few dozen stars.

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Even so , I know stellar basics. See those three stars in a row on the right side in the next screenshot? That’s Orion’s Belt. You’ll note that the dagger that hangs from the belt points up instead of down since Tackey-san is in the Southern Hemisphere.

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With that sight in mind, Tackey-san does his journal entry for the night.

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Do you suppose he’ll get much sleep?

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Well, he looks fresh the next morning:

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Maybe the sea breeze at this national park helps.

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A woman approaches him, asking him how his night was, how he likes the scenery, and whether he’s here to see the penguins. He gets translator help throughout this conversation – it’s too early in the morning for him to struggle on linguistics, anyway.

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Penguins, eh? Well, he’s going to have to investigate.

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He finds a boat that’s going to go out to get a closer look at the penguins and he readily joins in.

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Out they go . . .

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. . . to the island the penguins congregate on.

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There’re seals, too.

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And, as expected, Tackey-san continues to take great photographs:

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But the pros also get some good shots of him . . . taking photographs.

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After getting his fill of the penguins and seals, Tackey-san decides it’s time to move on.

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It looks good for the first bit . . .

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. . . but pretty soon he’s glad that he didn’t open the sunroof this time.

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This time, he manages to hit a city before night falls.

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He goes in search of a beer.

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And finds this place, where he gets his first taste of beer in Chile. He does attempts Spanish when initially ordering, but even if they understand him, he can’t understand the responses well enough to keep it up.

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He sure enjoys his beer.

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Then he gets invited to join another table . . .

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. . . where he finds out the guys are into pro wrestling (or even engaged in some masked wrestling themselves – I didn’t quite get that straight).

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Turns out that Tackey-san is well-versed in Japanese pro-wrestling and manages to make some buddies through this.

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And that’s how we leave him. Where will this wrestling thing take him?

So, wow, people just totally have no trouble approaching Tackey-san. Looks like he’ll have no shortage of interactions with the people of Chile and Peru. Not only did we get him dealing with people at the park and the bar, we also saw him set up camp for the first time and do a brief wildlife documentary. So, again, it was a pretty packed episode. They didn’t even have time for the debriefing segment with Tsubasa-san.

Kitayama-kun’s journey seemed like a tougher struggle for him, and was therefore more exciting to watch. This one is more enjoyable to watch, though, because Tackey-san seems relaxed with an amiable attitude and the people who meet him clearly sense that.

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