Definition of misery: Leaving Santiago on a bus at 10:30 pm. Getting woken up at 1:30am to go through Chilean Immigration, then Argentina Immigration, then wait for Argentine Customs to inspect all the bag on the bus. Go back to sleep at 2:30am, only to be woken at 5am when the bus pulls into Mendoza. Try to kill 7.5 hours in Mendoza (read: sleep on bus station benches, buy bus tickets, walk to supermarket to buy food, wait, wait, wait). Depart Mendoza at 12:30pm and try not to go insane while driving through hot unchanging desert for the next 20 hours.
Definition of Happiness: Arriving in Salta after 36 hours on buses.