The rest of the day consisted of walking through Provedencia (a more upscale part of the city), through parks, and through Bellavista
. Also, thanks to Emily's brilliant suggestion, we had lunch at this absolutely delicious restaurant called El Huerto. With a birkenstock store inside, yoga flyers all over the walls, and delicious hummus, pita, quinoa salad, fruit, ice cream, and brownies, the restaurant seemed like the ideal place to spend our afternoon lunch hours. Anyway, we ended the day at Patio Bellavista with Christine, one of Emily's friends from abroad. It was great to meet up with someone who had a bit more of a local's view on life in Santiago, and it was a lot of fun to share a bottle of Chillean wine with a new friend. After leaving Christine, we of course continued to enjoy wine and dessert, and the night ended at the hostel with platters of chocolate (surprise, surprise), leftover spaghetti dinner, and some interesting conversations with people from Marseilles, Finland, and Japan.
This morning we woke up (freezing...seriously freezing) and had a lazy morning in the hostel. We spent our morning watching parts of the USA soccer game and trying to figure out our next steps. We are currently at a delicious restaurant near Bellas Artes, and the plan for the afternoon is to visit Bellas Artes, and then continue to stroll down to Plaza d'Armas.
Anyway, the next move? Maybe to Valparaiso, maybe to the north. Truthfully, the weather is pretty chilly (hah, no pun-intended) here so we may gravitate toward the warmer weather in the desert. Who knows though! We will be in touch and continue to update the blog as we go about our journey.
After getting in to Santiago late on Monday night, we woke up on Tuesday to climb San Cristobal and explore the city. The climb up the hill was beautiful (and oddly challenging!), and it was a great first glimpse of the city. It was also pretty cool to see how the mountains literally surround Santiago - the Andes form a protective outer layer for the city and the mountains are as picturesque as they come. Anyway, it took us about 30 minutes to get to the top, and due to a slight detour, the walk down took us about an hour and a half. Thankfully, our newly acquired trekking skills helped us navigate our way down the alternative route, and despite slight fatigue, the walk down was quite enjoyable. On the way down, we also reluctantly befriended some dogs. Besides looking at our ankles like they were meat, the dogs were great company for our exhausting walk down.