Just like pulling Teeth
Trip Start Jan 12, 2011
25Trip End Jun 02, 2011
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Where I stayed
Santiago Suite Apartments
We had pre-booked an apartment right in the heart of Santiago. Apartments, when we can get them are our favorite accommodation and can often work out the cheapest option as you don't have to eat out every night.
We managed to check-in early and headed into town to do the touristy bit, round the presidential palace, Art Gallery, Library and suchlike. There are some beautiful buildings, but as the guide book says "This ain't Paris" . Can't be that easy in a country where everything gets destroyed periodically. Took the funicular up Cerro San Cristobal to take a look at the Virgin Mary at the top and take in the views of Santiago and surrounds. Well we would if we could, but Santiago is blighted by smog, so we couldn't really see past the city area.
That evening we went to look at a bar that was heavily recommended by lonely planet
If there is ever anything that you need and can't find anywhere, get on a flight to Santiago and get yourself to Franklyn Market. You will find it, guaranteed. There is every thing you can imagine for sale and a lot you can't.
Bought a second-hand book to read and headed back on the Subway. That's were it started, searing pain in my tooth, a pain that when it came, intermittently, makes you sick to the stomach. Wish I'd bought that set of Dental equipment we saw at the market now.
Made it back to our apartment and went to see the Office Manager, Francisco who recommended a clinic. He even took us to down, hailed a taxi and told the taxi driver the destination. It was a very smart (and expensive) looking clinic but didn't do dentistry, so into another taxi to a hospital suggested by the Clinic. Nope, they didn't do it either, so another taxi to another Hospital which did.
It was terrible, like a scene out of ER
The dentist was a nice Guy, a Uruguayan, who luckily spoke very good English. The thing is with dentists, is that there is only one way to find out where it hurts and that is to prod around until the patient screams! I did !
He x-rayed the tooth and decided it was fine, but I had an abscess which he drained. Nice. He gave me a list of stuff to take and sent me on my way. He said he was only treating the symptom and that this wasn't a cure so I should expect a re-occurrence at some point.
All in all I don't think we really did the city justice, it was pleasant enough but didn't really set the pulse racing. We decided we needed a beach holiday so headed further north to La Serena.