Settling down in Santiago...

Trip Start Nov 13, 2008
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Trip End Feb 11, 2009


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Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm finally here!  I took a LONG plane ride from Toronto to Santiago and had a smooth ride to my new apartment here in Santiago.   
 
I was completely exhausted, so I took a nap and headed out to walk around my new neighborhood and get some essentials (food and toilet paper!) 

Yesterday (Saturday)  I walked around Provedencia and had a great lunch - the typical caldillo de congrio (eel soup).  The cutest stray dog sneaked into the restaurant.  I knew I shouldn't pet him - but then he sat right in front of me and stared at me with the most innocent, beautiful eyes.  I put my hand out for him to sniff and he jumped in my lap!  Unfortunately, he was escorted out of the restaurant soon thereafter :(  Another interesting thing I noticed:  lots of mullets here!

I went for a run this morning - it's about 75 degrees here with a nice breeze - perfect for running!  The trail is a block from my house and there is an amazing view of the Andes as you run in one direction.  Then I headed to plaza de armas to walk around and it turned out to be "immigrants day" in Santiago - there were people from all countries performing their baile tipico. 

Interestingly enough, here are the things open on Sundays in Chile
-sports stores
-shoe stores
-hot dog restaurants
-ice cream shops

I'm excited for my first day of work tomorrow! 
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Where I stayed
apartment - Provedencia

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