During the day I went on a free walking tour of Santiago where learnt about the cultural side of Chile and seen some of the cities famous buildings. One of the only things I remember from it though is that Chile has an earthquake every 2 weeks which is why the city is consantly under construction and a lot of the older buildings have cracks all over them.
I also walked up San Cristóbal hill and at the top stood the worlds biggest statue of virgin mary and a church where they have special mass's certain times of the year. There's also lookouts with great views of the city.
I tried some local chilian cuisine each day I was here like empanadas (pastry filled with meats, veges and cheeses), pastel de choclo (corn pie with mash,corn,meat,cheese,egg and one olive) not the best I thought, and pisco sour and terremotos ( two alcohlic drinks that get you pretty cheerful). Also some food from street stalls where i had no idea what I was ordering.
After a short stopover in Mendoza on the bus, we headed off to Santiago, Chile, by crossing the Andes. I had some of the best views of these massive mountains, some went higher than i could see. It was like driving through the wild west being so dry but surrounded by mountains. I crossed the boarder into Chile somewhere at the top of the mountains because I remember it being so cold outside were we got our bags and passports scanned. It got to my hostel Santiago in the arvo where I was there for about half an hour I met some other travellers who gave me a beer and told me to join them up on the roof patio for the arvo. I ended up spending most of the night with them then we went out to one of the local clubs on Pio Nono st, a street full of clubs and resturants just around the corner from where i was staying. I ended up spending every night in Santiago with this crew I met on the roof patio, having a few beers then going out in Bella vista for big nights out till the early hours of the morning.