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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
Palace Guard
Palacio de Gobierno "La Moneda"
"Riot Police"

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
Produce Market
Metro Station
They know me so well

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 » Las Condes March 13th 2014

Keep an open mind and have no expectations. This is what I've been telling myself since November when I knew I was coming here and I think I did a pretty good job at doing that prior to arriving here. I was calm and confident not having ANY idea where or what or how I would be teaching here. It didn't bother me one bit that I had zero answers to the questions everybody wanted to know. And even at our first day of orientation, the mantra was still "Have no expectations." Every school is different, so they could not predict what our individual experiences would be like, and I still felt completely ok with that. From the application process to day 1 at my new school, I had been told that this program would be ... 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

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia March 6th 2014

It's been nearly two weeks since my arrival. Hard to believe it's been that long, yet even harder to believe that this is truly just the beginning. It's been a unique experience so far and I think it will take me a while before I truly feel comfortable here and settle into a new, albeit temporary, life here. I'm optimistic that being here will help to give me the clarity and perspective I need to go home and start yet another new phase in my ever changing life. I know there are still people that think my coming here is a little ridiculous, and in some ways I can certainly agree with them, but on the whole I know why I'm here and have a better idea of what I want to get out of this ... read more
The gang at the hostel
Parque Forestal
Museo de Bellas Artes

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 1st 2014

I will post a brief blog entry today. It was a travel day. The flight from Cancun to Santiago is eight hours, but riding in Business class makes it comfortable, especially since this was a daytime flight so I didn't have to try to sleep. Actually most of my fellow passengers DID sleep on the flight, but perhaps they were up late last night partying in Cancun. Santiago (and all of Chile) is three hours ahead of Cancun - and five hours ahead of Oregon, two hours ahead of Michigan. It seems weird, but on a map you can see that South America is much further east than North America. I don't have any photos and I don't have much else to say about today. Tomorrow may be similar because it is another travel day, but ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 21st 2014

After a 3 and a half hour flight we finally arrived in Santiago and the weather was incredible! Not a cloud in the sky and it must have been at least 30 degrees, a nice change from the cold, wet Cusco. We got a taxi to our hostel but the guy didn't have a clue where it was. We ended up driving around for over an hour with him asking loads of different people, including Police officers, where to go and we finally made it. We checked into the hostel and our room was pretty tight but we had a little balcony overlooking the small pool, nice! We nipped to the supermarket and it was so hot that we didn't enjoy the walk at all. We made lunch and then just chilled out in the pool. ... read more
Our tour guide
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 13th 2014

Découverte de Santiago, le survol des Andes en début de matinée fût un bonheur et annonce déjà la couleur. Amoureux des paysages e sens que je vais bien me sentir ici, dans quelques jours j’embarque d'ailleurs pour la Patagonie histoire d'en prendre pleins les yeux. Il est temps de visiter la ville dans les quelques jours où je reste à Santiago. Entre mon université et la ville plein de choses à faire ! Je me sens minuscule dans cette capitale de plus de 7 millions d'habitants. Je n'ai pas parlé espagnol depuis 2 ans et ça se voit ahahah... read more
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