Hablas Espanol? Uhh... no
Trip Start Nov 17, 2012
36Trip End Jun 12, 2013
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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
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!