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Published: October 6th 2018
Left home 8:30am. Krissy kindly drove us to the airport. Heavy traffic and got to the airport around 9:15am. Had checked-in the night before so just had to drop-off the bags. Everything gets more automated as time moves on. Self-serve to get your luggage tags then check in the bags yourself. Problem is the machine kept saying we had straps on our bags and we ended up having to put them in tubs before they went through. At 19.4kgs and 18.5 kgs we don't have much room for any extras. We tried reducing our luggage but it's hard when you have to pack for cold and warm weather.
As usual the automatic passport check didn't believe it was me and I had to be checked through manually. Then I was asked to go through the full body scanner and set it off because I left my money belt on, then it reckoned I still had something on my hands, could have been the metal plate in my thumb. Daisy got checked for drugs. We must be a suspicious looking couple. Daisy said, they look out now for the Grandma drug smugglers.
We then had over one hour extra to
wait because the plane was delayed, finally taking off at noon.
Flight was good , managed to get about 6 hours sleep on and off, but Daisy reckons she only got about 5 hours. On arrival we were met by a guide and driver and just as we were getting close to our apartment, there was a massive traffic jam as a big tree had fallen across the road blocking it completely. Our driver took a detour and we got to the area I thought our apartment was and suddenly they turned up another street and took us to another place which just didn't look right to me. Turns out they rang the phone number they were given by our Australian agent but it was a place with a similar name. The driver had to drive off but luckily the guide stayed with us and we ended up having to walk back to where we originally stopped. The guide was very apologetic but at least he had stayed with us to make sure we had the right place.
The apartment is small but clean and modern and does have a great view of Cerro Santa Lucia, a high
viewpoint for Santiago. The man who met us was extremely helpful and showed us everything in the apartment we could use.
Around 2pm we decided to venture out and walked up to the Museo Belles Artes Fine Arts Museum which was a beautiful building along with it's connected sister building Museo Artes Contemporary but it didn't take us long as exhibits are not as numerous as others we have seen and the Contemporary one is currently under restoration so there are no exhibits.
After that walked to the Place de Armas where we saw men playing chess and numerous buskers and performers, before heading into the Chilean History Museum. Both museums were free as well. The history museum was interesting to look through but we didn't learn much as there were no English translations.
We still had time then to walk into the Metropolitan Cathedral also facing the Place de Armas. After that we were getting hungry and tired so decided to have a simple Thai meal before buying a few supplies in the supermarket and heading back home.
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