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


South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia December 28th 2008

Well, I finally arrived! I left New York on 12/27 at 6:45 AM, flew to Bogota, Columbia where I had an 8 hour layover in a very tiny terminal - I was bored! Finally got into Santiago at 7AM on 12/28. On Sunday, I did unpacked and set up my apartment - luckily there wasn't much to do except hang up my clothes. I went to an Ikea-like store and bought a few things like nicer pillows and towels and went to the grocery store, which was an interesting experience. First of all, I had to laugh to myself when I couldn't read the packaging ... I wanted flour - who knows how to say that in Spanish?? LOL Also, you'd think you could just tell my looking at the packaging but no, everything is in ... read more
view from balcony
view from living room

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

Hello! Merry Christmas. We made it to Chile! Our travels to Chile were alright... our plane was delayed at least 2 hours while we had to stay on it and wait. To top it off We had, for whatever reason, an extra small row, which for MArty does not work very well. So we arrived in Santiago 2 hours late with no way of letting my friend Belen know this. She was waiting for us when we arrived and it was so great to see her. We went out for sushi immediatly, which is Marty goal for the trip, to each seafood at least once a aday, I do not think that should be a problem. That night we went to visit my friend Dave in El Centro. He made us guacamole, pebre and bean dip ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia November 1st 2008

My flight to Santiago via Paris was pretty uneventful and, of course, long!! 13 hours+!!! Met a friendly chap on my Manchester to Paris flight who was going to Argentina (his wife is Argentine). We exchanged travel plans and he gave me some trips travelling through Argentina. He also correct my pronunciations such as BARI-LO-CHE. There were also a large group of rugby players who were touring in Santiago and Vina Del Mar. On my way to the hotel, I purchased my ticket for Puerto Varas. For a cama seat, it works out only 25 GBP! Those prices, I will not pay back in the UK even for an ordinary seat nor it would be comfy. The bus station was crazy with people going off here and there and everywhere as it is Chilean public holiday ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia October 5th 2008

Hi all - Ian here. Fine flight over - LAN passed with flying colours. First surrise was the sight of the southern Andes as we hit the continent well south of Santiago, and had the good fortune to be on the right side of the plane. Magnificent, Rugged peaks and plenty of snow. Santiago seems to be a great place, and we had our first afternoon off, but Ted, our leader suggested we keep going, so we had a great walk around the city and topped it off with a chairlift ride to the highest close peak for a great vista of the city with its Andean backdrop. Couple of pics to share. We walked back to the hotel stopping for afternoon drinkies at a local bar. A good dinner and a full night sleep followed ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia July 12th 2008

Im am here, and am sooooo happy to have internet. I don´t have any pics yet, that will have to waite unti i have a computor i can use more than 10 min. I just wanted to let you all know i am safe and happy. I will buy a telefono celular, so i will send the nuber when i can. Santiago is soooo huge, but i have already learned the metro system. I have class mon thru host family will pick me up from the hotel on monday, and i am excited to meet them. tonight is the first night we are going out, but not until 1 am! i hpe all is well in bushlandia... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia June 30th 2008

So after a rather lengthy flight we arrived in Santiago. I have to say that there are two things that started us off on the wrong foot. First baggage allowance is 20 kg (44 pounds). As I am staring at this ticket agent I am thinking come on, you are a woman, you know how we pack. WHO PACKS 40 POUNDS FOR 6 WEEKS AWAY? Ok, so we are having our first big OH God before we even leave L.A. Second, the flight landed in Santiago at 5:30 am. The check in for the hotel is 2 pm. Eric and I are dog tired, neither of us have really slept and even though we flew business (I think I would have died in coach), the seats were darn uncomfortable and the flight went on forever! Our ... read more
Socially conscious grafitti
Bohemian Rhapsody
Hare Krishna

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia May 28th 2008

Hola! On the second day of our trip we ventured out from Barrio Brasil and explored the greater Santiago metropolitan area, primarly the congested Providencia and the bohemian Barrio Bellavista (pronounced Be-yell-vista). I was very excited to visit Bellavista as i knew it was the Santiago home of Chilean Poet and activist Pablo Neruda. After successfully using our basic spanish to purchase a ticket and unsuccessfully attempting to use what is actually a very efficient underground train system, we disembarked at Baquedano station. We headed across the horrible city river where we found ourselves in Bellavista. The province is spread out at the foot of the beautifully named ´Cerra San Cristobal´ upon which a statue of the Virgin Mary purveys majority of Santiago and the snow capped Andes. We wandered around this patchworked neighbourhood for a ... read more
The City River
The Colourful Streets of Bellavista
Sonya with a Glass of Vino´

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

So departures and farewells over we set off from Auckland airport on this great excursion that for the next 12 months will see us traverse 6 continents, 32 countries, 31 flights, travel on 4 cruises, 2 ferries, 3 trains, taxis, public buses, 4-wheel drives, rental cars, camels, donkeys and whatever form of transport we can lay our hands on. Accommodation along the way, like everything else, will vary from the sublime to the ridiculous. Our expectations are that we will follow the sun and seasons around the globe. Our first stop, Santiago in Chile. We arrived early in the afternoon after a seemingly uneventful 12 hour flight on Lan Chile. The service and food were up to the usual standard we had come to expect out of New Zealand, and the staff were helpful and polite. ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia April 14th 2008

Left Regina at 9:00 am on Saturday and arrived in Santiago, Chile on Sunday at 10:30 AM EST. We cleared customs and found no one at the Alamo counter to help us apply for permits for Argentina. Also found out that we cannot get seats on our LAN flight until 2 hrs before boarding time. Hopefully it will all work out. We will be at the airport for 5:30AM on Tues to ensure we get on our flight to Easter Island. Taxi Cab ran out of gas half way between the Airport and the Hotel on the freeway. So the cabie gets a tow truck to drive us to the nearest gas station. We finally make it to the hotel and have the cabbie try to scam us out of $130 for the trip. We didn't ... read more
Tow Truck on Santiago Freeway 2
Tow Truck on Santiago Freeway 3

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

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