Today’s rest day was not that restful, as Juan and I had to take the car into Santiago to have it serviced. We dropped the car off around 1 p.m. and were told to return around six to pick up the car. We spent the afternoon killing time in a small restaurant with wifi.
At seven we were expected at the meeting of the Chilean Cactus Club where I was due to give a short presentation at short notice. I had picked the Bahia module from my WISLW 2009-2010 talk, showing Arrojadoa marylanae, our visit to the Melocactus conoideus project in Vitoria da Conquista and our explorations for Melocactus azureus, all from Brazil, a year ago. The main presentation was an indebt look at cactus pests and some of the methods available to control them.