Blogs from Santiago, Santiago Region, Chile, South America


South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago July 18th 2015

Hi Bloggers, friends and family, We seem to be out of sync with everyone in this hostel. We went to bed about 12 last night but we were the only people in the 8 bed dorm when we went to sleep but when we woke up it was full, we got up about 8am and went online and got breakfast from the hostel. (It’s only 900 peso for eggs and toast so £1) When we got back to the room about 10am everyone was still asleep so they must have been out partying last night, very jealous!! We had booked 2 more night at Casa de Roja, but in the 10 bed dorms, as it was cheaper. We changed rooms and decided to head out for the day exploring the city. We were meant to meet ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago July 17th 2015

Hi Everyone, So after the mess that was yesterday, we woke in our freezing cold room, well according to Vick I was toasty. We got our free breakfast, of tea or coffee and 2 biscuits not the breakfast we were looking for bud it was something. Also the owner offered to drive us to the bus terminal so we were happy. We packed up and soon were at the bus terminal, so far in South America we have found that the buses all run very late, both turning up and getting to your destination. Today was no different, the bus was about 30 mins late and it ended up 4 hours late!! YES 4 HOURS!! The seats on the buses are really good called semi-cama, which is half bed, the drive was amazing, the views are ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago July 9th 2015

After almost 20 hours of travel, including sitting on the tarmac in Cairns for an hour, and then running for 2 different planes in both Brisbane and then Auckland we finally arrived in Santiago on time. (BTW, in Auckland, when the information board says 'Final Call', this doesn't mean the final call. It means the final call before we start calling the important people onto the plane first....). After spending more than hour in Santiago Airport looking for Renee's bag, we left with the assurance it would appear the following day. It appeared at our hostel that evening via special delivery. Santiago is an interesting place. As my first experience in a country where I didn't know the language, I was overwhelmed yet excited. I loved the anonymity of it all, and the struggle to try ... read more
Union Solidarity
Some weird statue outside the museum
The View from our first hill climb, Santa Lucia.

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago June 10th 2015

Finally, as promised, I have updated all my blogs of South America with photos. I also edited the blogs too as I noticed that the tablet I'd been using while we travelled had, annoyingly, kept altering what I'd written (damn predicted text) and some of it just didn't make sense. I will just re publish this blog and if you're interested in the photos you can keep going to the next one and the next one and the photos will be there. If you're not interested , sorry for cloging up your in box with the alerts. Chilly in Chile We arrived in Santiago to a crisp 6 degrees C. Felt like Manchester to be honest but by the time we'd collected our bags and found a bus to take us downtown the sun was out. ... read more
Street artists in the Plaza
Afternoon beer in the Plaza (too cold at night)
Take a close look at the bumpers on this car then you'll see how it got in this space

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago May 30th 2015

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets. Pablo Neruda is adored by the Chileans. The Nobel Prize winning poet was a collector of beautiful things. His houses are full of furniture from all corners of the world and art from many cultures. Books and maps were some of his most treasured possessions and his houses were oddly designed and resembled the interiors of ships. His love of the sea was evident in his ... read more
Her Eyes
The Fish
The Bird

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
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.

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 March 17th 2015

Seriouly smoggy , but a fantastic city!... read more
Sunset in Santiago
Santiago Subway

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 16th 2015

5 hrs. From Mendoza to Santiago....our last crossing at the Argentine/Chilean border.... read more

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