Hablas Espanol? Uhh... no

Trip Start Nov 17, 2012
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Trip End Jun 12, 2013


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

After the crazy period getting ready to leave, we arrived in Santiago although it wasnt without a couple of hitches for good measure... "the transfer that you have in Sydney is not long enough, it's actually an illegal transfer - I can't guarantee that your bags will arrive in Santiago". Right...

Santiago is diverse, kind of like a Asian city crossed with a European city. Plenty of hustle and bustle, lots of chilled out dogs (the four legged type - not dawgs!), big 80's style concrete block high rise but mixed with large plazas, landscaped boulevards, churches and baroque European style architecture. We're staying in an apartment that we've rented about 5 min walk from the centre of town.

Most of our time has been spent exploring the city and trying get out at least a few intelligible words in Spanish. There have been plenty of times where we have stood looking at each other like deer in headlights - "huh, what did he say?" and some classic faux paxs like Jade leaving a shop, waving and saying "por favor" (please) rather than "thanks" or "goodbye"! We stumbled across the local drink of choice that in turn has left us stumbling - terremottos, a huge scoop of sherbet tasting soft-serve icecream in 800ml plastic cup that is then drowned in el vino blanco (white wine) and grenadine. One drink = floor.

We've walked to a couple of great vantage points overlooking Santiago including Santa Lucia and San Cristobal (where Jade made a couple of four legged friends) as well as visiting Santiago Cathedral, Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Presidential Palace. All the walking has been fueled by epenanas and copious amounts of carbs - one meal we ordered was chicken with a fried egg on top served on rice with a side of fries and two banana fritters - the cardiac combo.

Our time in Santiago has been topped off with a day trip out to Cajon Del Maipo. Nestled in the Andes only 70km from the city, we walked out to have lunch near the lake at the base of the San Francisco Glacier. The mountains are genuinely huge and the snow capped peaks are spectacular - we even saw a condor! We met some great people on the trip including a couple from Rio who we will probably catch up with in a couple of months time.

Now it's off to Valparaiso!
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Jane on

This is great guys, keep the posts coming!

Sue Bromley on

Loved reading your blog. Lol with your comment about drink = floor. Amazing photos reminded me of trekking in Nepal.

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