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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 8th 2018

As the museums are closed on Mays we decided we could just take it easy today. Daisy had a good sleep-in and we didn’t get out until 11:15am. We walked over to the Mercado Central Markets and discovered the fish markets and a section full of seafood restaurants. As it was lunch time we thought this was a great place to have some seafood. My first choice based on Trip Advisor scores was closed unfortunately so we took a chance on another one called San Antonio Lalita. Daisy had a seafood soup and I had a seafood stew and both were delicious. The waiter even gave us a couple of complementary pisco sours which is a Chilean drink made from Chilean pisco brandy, lemons from Pica, sugar and ice. As you all know, I don’t drink ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 6th 2018

We spent today with our friends and locals, Pakita and Emanuel whom we met in Vietnam three years ago. Emanuel had to work in the morning so Pakita came out and met us 10:30am at our apartment. As the museums are closed on Mondays, we were keen to visit the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and the nearby Monseda Palace. Our timing was perfect as there was a large crowd gathered at the rear of the Palace for the Changing of the Guard and we got there just as they were starting. It was very entertaining as there was a brass band playing music including a tune my father use to always whistle or hum. When that finished we walked around to the front of the Palace for a look and then went into the Cultural ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 5th 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 ... read more
Belles Artes Fine Arts Museum
Belles Artes Fine Arts Museum
Castillo Forestal

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago September 3rd 2018

As parents with small kids, I think you end up taking those small moments where everything is going well, be it five minutes, ten minutes, or whatever, and they make an entire day worth it...even though there may have been a lot of effort, a fair bit of whining (not necessarily just from the kids), and a few moments where you thought that maybe the whole endeavor you’d undertaken could have been a mistake... ...yesterday was like that for us. As I mentioned in my last blog post, we had all been smacked in the face a bit by the undertaking of moving here, and the weekend had been ruled somewhat by that stress. We did make the effort though on Sunday afternoon to focus on going to a festival called “Chile Lindo” (loosely translated it ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago September 1st 2018

After a complimentary Pisco sour at the hotel restaurant we slept until about 9:30 - very unusual for me. So it was up and about in quick order, after breakfast of course. First stop was the fanicular - or cable car - 300m up to San Cristobal hill where there is a very large statue of the Virgin Mary. The view was good if a bit hazy and there were heaps of people especially cyclists exploring the park. We headed back down and explored the Bellavista area, famous for it’s street art. There are lots of restaurants in the main part but we soon got down some side streets. Needless to say I took tonnes of photos and could have stayed there for hours. However with only one day in town we had no time to ... read more
Statue of the Virgin Mary
Street Art, Bellavista
Street Art, Bellavista

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 31st 2018

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 ... read more
Santiago street art
Santiago Street cat
Linda getting settled

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 28th 2018

Life tends to be a series of small decisions, like where to eat, what to wear, whether or not I should I should click on “yes” when Netflix asks me “are you still there?” (yes I am, and thanks Netflix for making me feel like a lazy piece of s***). And a small decision that paid off big this morning that we made, and by “we“ I mean “Steph”, was to not drive and set up transportation to take us down to the immigration office today to register with the authorities (part 1) and then to the registrar’s office to get our RUT (part 2, and a separate cab ride from part 1), which is essentially a SIN and gets your life going here. I can’t imagine what would have happened if we would have been ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 26th 2018

I am not sure what, or if anything, Chileans have against shorts, but the fact that it was 26 degrees today and most people were still wearing jeans or pants or maybe the occasional down jacket stood out to me. Perhaps I just have a thing about Chileans and shorts now since we went to the cross-cultural class and the facilitator said that you should always wear pants the first time you go to someone‘s house in Chile when they invite you. So now I am wondering if I just stored that in my head, and now I’m only noticing people here wearing pants, and not shorts, even though it’s 25 degrees and there isn’t any wind...like when you start talking about a certain car that you might be looking to buy, and then all of ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago August 15th 2018

The Final Blog I am now sat at Santiago airport on my way back home to England after 4.5 adventurous and beautiful months travelling South America! Travelling solo has been the bravest thing I have ever done and still can't quite believe I've done it. Full of emotion and appreciation: the trip has taught me how to be brave and be independent. Thank you to those awesome friends (from every corner of the world) who I met along the way.. including the Pampus crew (Khymo, Toon, Emma, Andrew) and all those pals who had the time and patience to help with my Spanish (Gino, Thom, Patrick). Communicating definitely got easier, then harder again when I got to Chile, haha.. And to my 5 couch surfing hosts (Carlos, Victor, Francisco, Edwin, José): gracias por todo! Your trust, ... read more
Victor and Me
Close enough!

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago July 23rd 2018

Valparaíso (29/07/2018-31/07/2018) Valparaíso: a gritty, chaotic, graffiti-covered, hill-peppered port city. Valpo has pretty, colourful houses (clinging to the edge of cliffs), graffiti everywhere you look (I'm not exaggerating), and numerous funiculars for the countless cerros (hills). There are hills for days. Once Chile's financial powerhouse; everything went to shit in the 1906 earthquake (ricter scale: 8.3) and the building of the Panama canal in 1914 (now ships don't have to travel all the way down South). Here you can walk the complex maze of ridiculously steep streets, ride in the ascensors (they also call them lifts.. they are funiculars), marvel at the powerful graffiti, stroke the cute street dogs (1/3 dogs here are strays), and learn about the rise and fall (and now rise) of this gritty, port city. Graffiti: the art of saying something... read more
Me and Francisco
My walk home
Valparaíso




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