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Published: August 22nd 2004
Well made it up here no probs, got five rides hitching between Temuco and Chillan on day one, and it worked out pretty sweet cos my last ride that took me into Chillan as it was getting dark and I was getting hungry, was with couple of life insurance brokers who happened to know the best place in town to buy the world famous Chillan longanizas(big long ugly sausages - but so delicious!). So after taking me there and buying me two of these huge things(I'm talking the size of baby's arm or a horse's... well they're big anyway) they then decided that we better get their mate "the chef" to cook them for me too since it was my first time. And cook them he did! He dished them up fried, with rice on the side and a pisco sour drink(national drink) to wash it all down, It was fabulous. So after a quick tour of Chillan they dropped me off at "the best Hostel in town" and took off without accepting a single peso for their efforts - top blokes. And the next day after a quick look around Chillan I decided to bite the bullet and pay the $7 for the last 5hrs of busride to
The Church en Chillan
They built this church about 60yrs ago after there was a massive earthquake and thousands of people died
Well Santiago is just like any other city with heaps of people and a big smog cloud over it, but it's got a great underground system and is set amoungst a whole lot of mountains so I liked it. When I first arrived I ditched my stuff in a hostel and set off for a stroll around the centre, but didn't get about 100m before getting bullied into a student bar for a beer. You can get pretty thirsty on these long busrides you know. A bit later on my friend Claudia"with a car!" picked me up and we went for a quick burn around the city. it's really big, and generally quite tidy too with a lot of beautiful woman and dancing street clowns. Got a bit excited at onestage because I saw a whole heap of posters with "U2 - 20th August, Santiago Chile" which meant that night, but it wasn't untill we went to buy the tickets that we found out it was infact just a local cover band. bummer.
The next day my other friend Jorge picked me up and took me back to his place to stay the night. it was awesome. His family was really nice and
This old castle is the entrance to a zoo and there's also a cable car thing in there that you can take up to the top of Cerro de San Cristobal.
they fed me up real good, and while Jorge was working later on his brother and best friend took me up to "Cerro de San Cristobal" for a good view of the City and a smoggy sunset. It was cool, a bit like Mt Eden but with two hills that are much bigger, a gondola that links them, a whole lot of cheesy dudes trying to sell you TV arials and 4day old popcorn, and a humongous Virgen Mary statue ontop of the biggest one. I guess it's not really too much like Mt Eden afterall, good view of the city though.
The only other memory I've got of Santiago is that while I was there they won two gold medals and a bronze in the Olympic games for tennis so the whole place was going crazy! Everyone was hanging out car windows with Chilean flags and dancing on rooftops and singing and chanting pretty much the whole time, and what made it even funnier was that they all seem to think that I look like Nicholas Massu who won gold in the mens singles, so everywhere I went people were yelling out to me "Nicko!" or "Massu!". And tonight I'm off
to Viña Del Mar a little city on the coast where Nicholas Massu lives so no doubt there'll be more of the same there. Jorges family has cousins who live there so I'm going to go and bunk down with them for a night before heading up to a place called Vicuña to visit the Pisco factory.
Y ahora un poquito en español, lo siento a mis amigos sudamericanos que no intienden inlgés. Escribiria mas en español pero no me gusta las comutadoras y se toman demasiado tiempo... que pobrecito soy no? jejeje, voy a tratar mas dura pero si nada pasa perdon, y solo vease las fotos chango! 😊 Bueno, basicamente estoy muy bien pero todovia sufriendo tratando a intender los Chilenos. Un muy bueno verbo se usa por aca es "hueviar" - me ancanta! "me estas hueviando" se dice... es muy graciosa. me gustó Santiago y en final yo vi unas majitas ricas por aca, son buenas. casi buenas como a casa en Córdoba pero no, solo casi 😊 Mi amigo Jorge quien yo conocí en Córdoba me dio una cama en su casa con su familia y estaban muy simpaticos! me llevaron a un cerro por una muy buena vista
The Virgen Mary - Guarder of Santiago
There is seating infront of this statue for about 500 people because they have church services up there sometimes. Pretty cool place to have church I reckon.
de la ciudad y me daron un monton de comida rica tambien. Y ya me voy por Viña Del Mar por la casa de sus Tios entonces estoy muy contento. muchisimo gracias Jorge y tu familia, nos vemos un dia, chau.
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