We arrive in Santiago

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August 31st 2018
Published: August 31st 2018
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After an uneventful flight we arrive in Santiago at 2pm Friday. It is surprisingly grey and cold but the airport necessities were efficient, until we looked for our pickup. Lucky though, Linda found an alternate pick up (I am going to have to keep an eye on her..) and we determined that Flight centre had let us down.

I negotiated a taxi rate of $35 US with Linda’s new friend and we headed off. He introduced us to a driver and we got on a bus, to go to a car park where our driver scurried off and got a car - not sure whose! Half way to the hotel he says in his broken English 35,000 peso. The Chilean peso is approx 666 to the USD so this means about 50 USD. Needless to say there was much discussion, using goggle translate and hybrid Italian. Long story short we got here for the original price and no kidneys has yet been lost.

The hotel is not salubrious but will do us for a couple of nights. We went for a walk around and found a great courtyard area near what might be a university. Lots of quirky art, sculpture and good restaurants. First meal of fish and steak was fantastic.

By the time we wandered home at 7pm it was jolly cold so time for a quick blog and then to the bar to get our complementary Pisco Sour.

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1st September 2018

Happy wanderings
Sounds as dodgy as Delhi! That staircase is stunning! Glad the food is good, enjoy your first night’s sleep.

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