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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago April 12th 2015

Yesterday afternoon, after a swim and nap by the hotel pool we drove to the highest point in Santiago to view the sunset. Our driver, Hector, was challenged by the hoards of bicyclists also climbing the hill. Also, some of the vehicles that were going up were crawling so that they would arrive just before sunset, not a moment earlier. I taught Hector an American word that if taken literally, described an antiquated device that women used to use to clean their unmentionables. It was very hard to explain this with my limited Spanish but once it was clarified, and once Fran was finished pummeling me for being immature and disgusting, both our driver Hector and our guide Alwin, found the term hilarious. They practiced their pronunciation until they got it right. Now Hector knows what ... read more
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Valparaiso scape

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 29th 2015

We drove from Valparaiso back to the airport in Santiago. Our Santiago landlord had arranged a taxie for us and it was nice seeing the driver holding a card with our name on it. We knew we liked Santago before getting out of the taxie. Our studio is located in the Bella's Arts neighborhood, the streets and sidewalks are clean, lots of green space and views of the Andes. We are only half a block from the metro station, one block from the Art Museo and restaurants, cafes and a grocery store right outside our door. We rented bikes one day, the city has lots of bike paths so you can ride in the city safely. We rode up to the San Cristobal Hill which was steep and then down and around the City. The park ... read more
Found Bike Art on Bike Ride
Metro, Clean, Cheap, Save and Arrives every 5 Min.
Church

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 28th 2015

Sarah: Another day, another journey! We were up early-ish for our "6 hour" bus trip to Santiago, Chile. After a day on the wine tour and a night in with the guys on the free wine and only cold showers in our hostel (or hot at a dribble), this was not the most welcome day of our travels. However, this is what we were here for, so travel we must! The good news was that our bus was heading over the Andes to Santiago, so we were in for some pretty spectacular scenery on the way. Between snoozes, we got some great views as we wound through the mountains and arrived at the border crossing with Chile. The bus parked up in the midst of snow covered mountains and a long queue of cars, lorries and ... read more
Up San Cristobal after a day of fun in Santiago!
View from the top of the funicular!
Having fun with Juan and Pablo

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

In the second room of the museum I re-learned about Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America in 1492 which was a period of history I’d studied at university in a Spanish and Portuguese history module. I also learned about the roles of Felipe II King of Spain and Pedro Valdivia, a leader of the Spanish Region who founded Santiago in 1541, by the river Mapocho. I then went on to study more about the Colonial Period and the order imposed by imperial Spain in colonial America, mainly in terms of the Church having complete influence over daily life. I found this part very interesting as I learned that this was the period when Baroque art developed and I had already seen plenty of examples of it in the form of churches and Jesuit Estancias back in Cordoba ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

I studied about Chile’s independence process, inspired by the French Revolution and the American war of Independence which both gave Chileans ideas about becoming independent from Spain. It began with Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808 to the Battle of Maipu, then in1811 with the National Congress and ended in 1818 when the War of Independence ended and the empire collapsed. The King abdicated and Chile had its first autonomous government. I learned a bit more about how Argentina, Chile and Peru got their independence, helped by the same man in each country – the Argentinian Militar Jose de San Martin. I’ve seen statues of him everyhere in Argentina. According to Argentinians he is the one famous person who is popular amongst everybody, a completely non-controversial figure unlike all the others. I also learned about the ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

After a good nights’ sleep I made my way to the National Historic Museum which had just reopened last Tuesday after being closed for 2 months. It was the best place to learn about Chile’s history. I learned a lot about the Mapuche tribes in the Art Museum but here I learnt a bit more about the other tribes who lived in Chile alongside the Mapuche. They lived in different regions such as Chinchorro,Arica, Aymaras, Changos, Atacamenos, El Molle and Diaguitas. I find learning about their lifestyles fascinating mainly because they adapted their lifestyles so well to the geographical areas of Chile which they had inhabited. A lot of the museums in Santiago have shown the lifestyles of the indigenous tribes through displaying objects found in archaeological digs.... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

I then studied about the changes which took place in the 18th century in America and Chile, due to the reforms carried out by the Bourbons. The church began losing its importance. The church carried on living alongside the Bourbon dynasty, new buildings were built in the Neoclassical style, rather than Baroque. This was what is know as the Golden Period, when the elite began using the estancias as a means of getting rich. The elite they would recruit immigrants who would work on their land and make money for their businesses, and prosper from the agriculture stemming from the land of the Estancias.... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

There was so much interesting history left to study but I knew soon that I would find myself in a room dedicated to the 1970s, where the explanation of the grim life under Pinochet’s regime would begin. For me it was time to head home at this point. I’d had enough of politics and after reading everything in Spanish, my mind felt like it had been participating in a triathlon, but instead of swimming, cycling and running, reading Spanish, processing Spanish and looking at objects. Besides which I had a whole appartment waiting for me, from which I could sit on my terrace and watch Santiago act as a passage way from all the hikers heading to the mountains and all the families heading to the swimming pool on a beautiful Sunday, whilst I drink ginger ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 7th 2015

It seems that as Chile is geographically isolated, separated by the Andes from Argentina, especially in the North of Chile where the Andes are higher, it seems to consider itself protected from the unsavoury characteristics of other countries, and as a result in my opinion seems to have an inflated sense of its own superiority. I was getting very stressed on this line of thought and as we drove through the Andes my view of the many roadside graves where people had died in one tragedy after another was only increasing my anxiety so I put my headphones on, put my Dirty Dancing soundtrack on my walkman, closed my eyes and as there was no way I could even do a small thing to change the world for the better in that very moment, I began ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 7th 2015

I’m getting very curious about South American countries. After visiting two, by logic and a little knowledge of each country’s history, I’ve figured that all of the countries probably have their own problems and their own strengths different from each others. I definitely want to visit more of the countries, I still feel that there is a good bit of meat still to chew off the latino bone before getting to the bone itself. On this trip for me each day is a day of enlightenment and discovery, and this trip is, whilst very hard work, incredibly rewarding. I really want to come back to South America one day in the future but I would do it differently. I’d come for 10 months so I wouldn’t have to race around and I could enjoy more slow ... read more




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