Blogs from Providencia, Santiago Region, Chile, South America - page 6


South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia April 12th 2008

Well I think I have settled down enough to start thinking of what to do next and where to go. I am thinking of doing a 1 week intensive spanish course. I didn't realise how difficult it was going to be with the language thingo. Anyway I think I'm over my emotional lag and jet lag. Today, I went to market which was only about five blocks away. It would have been nice to have been a woman because it was mainly all womens clothes and accessories, But all in all it was a pretty good market. Tomorrow I'm doing the cable car that overlooks the city, it is one of the most spectacular views over a city in the world, I'm looking forward to it.... read more
fast foods

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia April 10th 2008

Hi everyone well I arrived two hours before I took off from Auckland, how that works I'm not real sure but I am in the past as far as Australian time is concerned, about 14 hours in the past to be precise. The people of Santiago are so happy. I went out to a street restaurant tonight and they are on every corner here. Carlos was serving me and boy the service was really good and so was the steak. At one stage it broke into a hale and paice sketch with the language thing, but he was very nice and very attentive. Tonight I'm staying at the atacama hostel in provedincia, it is very clean and very nice, I've got a bottom bunk. I tried to upload some photos earlier but alas the server stalled. ... read more
golden bear
matching shirts

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia April 9th 2008

Hi everyone I have arrived ib Santiago in good spirits but boy is the language thing a barrier. I ended up staying at the Hotel belle vista. its a swank upper lass hotel in the restuarant side of town. Its quater to midnight here and Boy am I tired. The Aucklank thing is something else. THERES A CURENCY EXCHANGEEVERY TEN YARDS AND THE WHOLE TOWN IS GEARED TO ACCEPT THE TRANSIENT TOURIST DOLLAR. THEY DONT MOND EXPLOITING THE TOURISTS EITHER. heres a lurk, I wander past this sports bar come breakfast place and see two mauries out the front chowing down on half a dozen eggs and half a pig in bacon on the windows a sign saying egg & bacon breqakfast only $6.00. well I order it and out comes a piece of toast, two ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia March 25th 2008

This last weekend I went on a trip. A long trip in a little bus. When will I ever learn. Like I said on my last entry, I had signed up for a camping trip to an island up north. It was going to be my big trip here in Chile and I paid big money for it accordingly. The flyer made it sound to be all planned out and I figured we would be well taken cared of. It had so much potential, it really did. The island is named Isla Dama and is famous for its penguins, dolphins, and lobos (sealions). The currents bring water up from Antartica so the water is frigid despite being quite close to the equator. Oh, and Dama means lady in Espanol. The reason its named lady island is ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia March 11th 2008

One week down, three to go here in Santiago. I think it is still a pretty nice town except for its size. Muy grande. Takes me about 45 minutes to walk to school if I am just strolling along. One thing to notice here is that there arent as many stray dogs. In Bariloche they were a real problem. One girl was ganged up on by about 5 and bitten! Crazy stuff. But here, none. The school teachers are great here. I was warned before that Chilenos speak quickly and was worried about this in class. The every day people do speak quickly but the teachers do not. I have learned more Spanish here than anywhere else. We are getting into different forms of verbs other than passed and present which makes speaking Spanish much ... read more


South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia March 3rd 2008

Ok, so I skipped a week or so. I'm sorry, OK? Geez. Not much else happened in Bariloche. I met some other Americans, Robert and Michael, and spent most of my time either hanging out with them or a new English girl, Joanna. She was about 6'2". A giant amongst the Argentinians. Most of the men are 5'6" and they absolutely loved her for this. Many times when we would go out we'd get a guy standing on a chair to try and impress her. This would only make her mad and self conscious about her height. She was a monster though. The Dutch girls left me and I think that I am wearing thin on my house mates. Maybe it was when someone borrowed my keys from me and I had to wake Nick up ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia February 27th 2008

So I wanted to write this entry just to give a quick update on my status. Thanks to everyone who has been reading and supporting my blog. It's been rewarding (and at times a lot of work) investing in it, and I hope you've all enjoyed it thus far. Whenever I'm out and something is going down, I take a video and think "Damn, this is good blog footage!" My entries should slow down now, and will revolve more around my life in Santiago. However, I still will have many outings to write about. I suddenly realized that my time here will be extremely short, and came to two conclusions: 1) I shall explore Santiago, Chile, and South America as much as possible (while keeping costs to a minimum) and 2) I shall do my best ... read more
Northern Chile II
Northern Chile III

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia February 20th 2008

Don´t worry, I´m alive! I know it´s been a while, but things have been crazy here. I will try to get you all up to speed about what has been happening the past two weekends. I just can´t believe it´s all over and that I leave for the airport tomorrow night! It´s so sad, Chile really has started to feel like another home! After I last wrote, the group went on a wine train tour. It was the coolest thing ever. We took an old 1800s styled steam engine through the countryside. On the train, we were served a plate of cheese, fruit, and bread, and MANY glasses of wine to try. I think I tried a five different types of both red and white wines. By the time we reached our destination, I was starting ... read more
Mapuche Dinner
Amazing Waterfall

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia February 20th 2008

Summary in English: We just went to book an accomodation to the hostel for our last night in Chile when we arrived to Santiago. We left the small backpacks in this hostel and then we headed out of the city to the Cajon del Maipo. We wanted to go the Banos Morales and do some treking from there. But we found out there is just one bus in the mornig which goes over there. So we took a bus just to the village San Alfonso. We would describe Canon del Maipo as a weekend destination to the nature for many of Santiago inhabitants. It was easy to recognize by prices as well. But after walking the whole village we found one normall priced campsite where we stayed that night. We took morning bus to the Banos ... read more
cajon del maipo
zaciatok nasej vychadzky
pokracovanie vychadzky

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia February 16th 2008

I’m typing this blog entry from the poolside of a Santiago airport hotel and I’ve got to be honest - it’s a bit of a struggle. We’ve been in Chile for exactly a week now and had really interesting and enjoyable time; however, it has seemed somewhat of an anti climax after the (largely unexpected) brilliant time we had in Argentina. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with what we’ve seen and done here, it just that Chile seems to lack much of the charm, charisma and atmosphere of its neighbour to the east. As with Argentina, we weren’t sure exactly what to expect upon our arrival but assumed that, being so close, Chile would be similar. It isn’t. Geographically, it’s is a very unusual looking country. Shoe horned in between The Andes on one side ... read more
The Old And The New
The View From The 15th Floor
The Old And The New 2

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