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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia March 9th 2011

Chileans drink instant coffee. Specifically, Chileans drink Nescafe. I thought, initially, that this was some sort of strange cultural tick, that really, they save the good stuff for special occasions or something. Nope. It turns out that Nescafe is the ONLY sort of coffee-esque drink readily available here. It's so popular that there was even a Nescafe promotional trailer at my university for a week. I am NOT a coffee snob. Really. I just became addicted/accustomed to daily shots of espresso from working at my former job, where we have a fancy, professional-grade espresso machine at the office. The instant stuff just wasn't going to cut it. Three weeks without a decent cup of coffee drove me a bit mad this past weekend. In fact, it drove me to Starbucks. I caved. I'm not proud to ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia September 23rd 2010

Eating Though I will crap on for ages (as I tend to do) I think you really can sum up Chilean food with one word. Avocado. I have grown up loving the stuff and since fresh fruit and veg is always top notch in Australia, didn’t think that our avocados could be topped. I have changed that belief since visiting Chile because the avocados there are like none I’ve ever tasted before. Fresh, full of flavour and cheap means that they are liberally spread on just about anything you could want them to be. Elvis told us that when he lived in New Zealand for a while he was suffering from their lack of decent avocados. Daniela Molina was a friend I had worked with in Australia and she had been the person who told us ... read more
Our favourite metro station

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia September 21st 2010

Perverted? Me? Like no other country in the world (that I've been to) they love the Public Display of Affection in Chile. To see two people going the pash in the middle of the street, at the bus stop or (especially) in the park is pretty much the norm. For someone from as conservative a nation as Australia and especially for someone from England, this has been a bit of a novelty. So the Boss and I decided that the 21st of September would be the Innaugural Annual International PDA(y). The idea was simple. We took to the streets armed with the Boss's camera and its more than ample 12x optical zoom and snapped away at the PDA's. Really, the pictures speak far louder than words ever could. So I'll just say that we had a ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia September 14th 2010

In Santiago we stayed in a place called Aji Hostel in Providencia. The Aji is a Peruvian hot pepper, or chilli, so it was a little joke that I don't think they were aware of. It may not have been the cheapest joint getting around but we never checked anywhere else to find out. The Bar The bar, like so many hostels, was Aji’s heartbeat. It wasn’t the crazy night out that some hostel bars are, but it had plenty of comfy chairs, the beer was reasonably priced and every night dinner was provided free - as long as you bought a beer. Mondays were hot dogs or pasta, Tuesdays were hamburgers, Wednesdays were pasta with a free glass of Chilean wine and so on. Most nights in the bar were pretty cruisey - having maybe ... read more
The Aji Bar (take 2)

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia August 18th 2010

We´ve been in Santiago since last Monday night (8/16), which is probably the longest we´ve spent in any one place. Our expectations were low for Chile since we heard negative opinions about Chile how the people aren´t that friendly and they can´t dance salsa. However our minds started to change right away on our bus ride into Santiago where we befriended Maria Elena, a professor at the University of Santiago Chile, who not only helped us find a hostel, but she drove us there. So far Chileans are very friendly. On Tuesday we met up with Lex, Espen, and her parents, which was sooo lovely. It´s such an amazing feeling seeing familiar, warm faces when you´ve been traveling for so long. We perused the city and caught up on life. They also warned us that the ... read more
Me and Sim at the top
Santiago center
Paila Marina in Mercado Central

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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia July 11th 2010

There are only about 25 of us left at the hostel. Many have left for their region Friday night - sat night. It’s also FIFA world cup day! In the morning I went to the central station market with some girls. I wanted to replace my camera before my trip to San Pedro because its supposed to be beautiful. I am also heading to small town Chile early Monday morning, and in my perception, I’ll be lucky if they have a handful of stores in the town, let alone one that sells digital cameras! I ended up buying a cannon that was more that it should have been, but its adequate for what I need. After the shopping, we headed over to California bar to watch the world cup. We got there around 1:45 and it ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia June 21st 2010

by justino Sometimes you're walking around Santiago and you forget where you are. Then you look up and see the Andes towering over the city and you remember. There are so many things I love about this Andean nation. I love walking in the rush hour crowds, wandering around Bellavista looking at the old houses, chewing on a cheese empanada in plaza italia, climbing to san cristobal, sipping a pisco sour everywhere, sopa at el juerto, watching the Lakers play at the California Bar, taking the metro and a taxi to the Andes, riding a horse up the craziest cliffs anywhere, rafting in ice cold water, and thinking about who lives in all of those mansions in Providencia. At one minute you could be minding your own business walking down providencia and the next minute you ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia January 23rd 2010

So it's my last night in chile. Unreal how time flys by! I wish that I would have planned my flights a bit differently. Cause I'm always in class in the week and there hasn't been much time to see the south or north of chile. Apparently the south is unbelievably beautiful. So if I had to do it again, I would have booked two weeks of school and a week just to see the other parts. So that's my tip to anyone who has the foolish idea that they want to learn Spanish in SA. Haha right now, if I hadn't already paid, I would never go back to school to learn Spanish. Maybe that's just cause I am not gifted in languages. But nothing in life worth having comes easy. I'm pretty sure that ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia January 21st 2010

Well, its been quite the busy week here in Santiago, hence the fact that I haven’t had the chance to write to you all. In addition, it seems now I only have one week left in Santiago, and this makes me very sad. I have really enjoyed getting to know the city and I am very jealous of the other students who will stay here until June. But, back to today. Last week was the final week of our intensive language classes. We worked very hard and all managed to pass our tests! My Spanish is improving VERY quickly and I am enjoying being able to converse with many different people in my MBA program and otherwise. Rita and I are now taking private lessons twice a week to continue the learning process until we depart ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia January 4th 2010

Hola Amigos! So I have been in Santiago for a week now and it feels like I have been here forever. I absolutely LOVE this city and have had no problem adjusting, making friends, and figuring out how to get around. New Years Eve was really fantastic. I went with my flatmate to a party at the language school where I started classes today. It is all of a half a block from my apartment, so very convenient. Plus the owner is a couchsurfer, so what more can you ask for! We partied with some other students and couchsurfers and then came to my building to watch the fireworks from the Terrace on the 19th floor! We have an absolutely beautiful view from both the apartment and from the terrace where the pool is and I ... read more
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