Pre-Columbian Art; Barrios Brazil and Bellavista

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
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Trip End Apr 15, 2010


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


This morning I left the Best Western - sadly - and went over to the Espana and got lost while dragging some of my heavy baggage there.  When I got to the Espana, they informed me that there wasn't a room for me.  This is the hotel that lost our group's reservations made weeks in advance and gave our rooms to the other Dragoman group.  So I had a fit and they eventually relented once I gave them Mick and Anki's names so they could identify a responsible party to attach any blame if they were chastised for giving me a room.  Alas, the room was not so nice as the Best Western but it did have a little balcony with doors that opened (but didn't actually close once they were opened).

After settling in, I walked over to Plaza Brazilia and what I assumed would be the hip barrio of Brazilia.  I saw some brightly painted buildings and graffiti but no tattoo shops.  From there I walked to Bellavista again and shopped a little.  I had a snack of Chilean empanadas and a pisco sour and took the subway back to the hotel - without too many mishaps.  I did miss my stop and had to go back one stop after I had trouble finding the right route at the station, but people were quite helpful and I was beginning to understand the directions people were giving me a bit better.

This was the day that I visited the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.  It took me awhile to find it but there it was...I had taken a photo of the planks holding up the side of the building but hadn't noticed the name of the entrance door on the other side.  There were lots of fascinating pieces...it was a little difficult for me to follow where everything was from although they had excellent signage.  I loved the expressions on the faces of so many of the little sculptures.
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