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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago April 15th 2014

Tuesday 1st We finish packing and the taxi arrives at 11am to collect us. We suddenly realise we’ve got the time of the flight wrong and it’s not until 4.30 so we’re going to be very early at the airport. Check in goes smoothly and we settle down for the flight to be called and then see we are delayed for another 2 hours. We have 4 hours to wait. Finally we get under way and all goes well on the flight. We arrive at about 2pm earlier than our take off time due to flying west and the International Dateline. We get some useful info at arrivals and pick up the local bus to the city centre for £1.50 each. We now have to find our apartment and it proves difficult as none of the ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago April 3rd 2014

So it's been a few weeks since I've taken the time to sit down and write anything here. Partially out of laziness, but partially because once you get into the rhythm of working and having a normal life, the mundane becomes routine and there isn't much to report on. But I'm at a point where there are some things worth writing about. So first off, work has gotten different since my last post. The other American teacher and I met with the head of English for the entire school system we work in to express our frustration at not having the work environment that was promised to us, and she addressed this with some of our teachers. Little has changed, but I'm adjusting to my role and have a great working relationship with the teacher I ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago April 2nd 2014

24 March 2014 – Monday – Santiago, Chile We began the first full day of our second week in Santiago by visiting the building of Antiquarian Bookdealers near the Manuel Mott metro station. This is a building, the ground floor of which is entirely made up of small antiquarian booksellers’ stores. They are not very large; some of them are very dusty; a few of them have some old English language books. We were hoping to trade-in a couple of the books we have finished with but didn’t find anything worth trying to negotiate for. Afterwards, I thought I should have traded or purchased a copy of The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. Joan has never read any of them and I would quite happily read them again. We had thought about buying a new copy ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 27th 2014

13 March 2014 – Thursday – La Serena to Santiago, Chile In the morning we walked down the short hill to the central bus station to catch a morning Tur Bus scheduled to leave at 8:20am. Tur Bus is the largest bus company in Chile and they seem to go everywhere with great frequency. There were buses leaving for Santiago about every quarter hour. We chose the 8:20 because it was a double-deck coach and we could reserve the front seats upstairs for a great view of the journey. We were there from about 7:30 and buses arrived and departed, many for Santiago. Our bus, however, was coming from the northern area and was delayed. Either Joan or I went up to each bus conductor heading toward Santiago and were told to wait. About 9am we ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 16th 2014

It was another marvelous day for weather here today. I have been very lucky so far in that way. I decided to walk around town a bit and see what I might have missed. My first stop was unexpected. Over night the main street, commonly referred to as The Alameda, was blocked off to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and it became part of a big bicycle race. There was a large scoreboard set up in front of the Moneda Palace and the teams appeared to me to represent South American countries (I saw Brazil, Venezuela, Surinam, and Chile among others). Policemen were stationed every 10-20 yards to keep pedestrians behind the barricades. There were chase cars and motorcycles (with an ambulance bringing up the rear) following the cyclists. It was a big deal and all they ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 16th 2014

I did not find Santiago to be a very tourist friendly city. Certainly it was clean with nice wide streets and sidewalks, but I don’t recall ever seeing a sign pointing towards something a tourist might find interesting. Even on the internet I was not able to find good information on the changing of the guard at the Palacio de Gobierno "La Moneda". What help is it when they say that it occurs every other day? Is today the day? Was yesterday the day? Will it be tomorrow? It seemed like it was some sort of secret, so I took it upon myself to get up early, miss breakfast and coffee to head down and check it out. Was it going to happen? I didn’t know, but there were lots of police, the streets were barricaded, ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 15th 2014

had a wonderful dinner last night at a vegetarian restaurant that is right up my alley. They were out of the quinoa salad, so I ordered the house burrito. See photo. It was very tasty and there was fresh salsa in the little dishes - one was mild and one was hot. This morning I took a free walking tour of Santa Lucia Hill which is located practically across the street from my hotel. The guide showed us around the sights on the hill and told us about Santiago's history in the process. There is an impressive Neptune Fountain. See photo. And a view of the tallest building in all of South and Central America (See next photo - it is the tall building in the distance on the left). After the tour, I walked over ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 15th 2014

Although I really enjoyed myself in La Paz, and Bolivia in general, I was looking forward to transitioning to the next phase of my trip. The thought of being closer to sea level and being able to walk a full block without huffing, puffing and wheezing was very appealing. My flight was at 4:40 so after leaving Tara near the Dutch restaurant I caught a taxi at 1:30 and headed to El Alto Airport. Traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated, so I arrived in plenty of time. Along with having to fill out more paperwork than I had anticipated, there was some confusion over an exit fee of $25 USD. I had researched it so was prepared, but the 4 Australians who had also come from my hotel were panicking. They only needed ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 14th 2014

This morning I had to take care of a couple of "housekeeping" chores before really starting the day. My shoes, as I have noted, had gotten very dusty in San Pedro, so I wiped them off as well as I could last night and today I found a shoeshine stand. As in Istanbul, there are shoeshine men everywhere you turn here in Santiago. One difference between the two cities is that the men here have signs advertising their prices. They are either 500 or 600 Chilean Pesos which is one US dollar or a little less. That is cheaper than the shoe shine I had in Istanbul. And the quality of the shine was significantly less, too. Ah well, it was a good cultural experience. I also needed a haircut, something else I had done in ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 13th 2014

Last night I ate my last meal in San Pedro and so I ordered one of their homemade pasta dishes. I had fettuccine with tomato sauce (see photo). I loved the presentation even though the taste was quite ordinary. This morning I flew to Santiago airport. This is my fourth visit to the airport, so I am getting to know it pretty well! I caught a taxi into town and am not ensconced at a nice hotel in the central city area. Tomorrow I plan to do some exploring, so I will tell you about it in 24 hours!... read more




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