Santiago

Although I wasn’t immediately taken with Santiago, probably due to extreme sleep deprivation/jet lag, it really did grow on me. The city itself is a popular destination for tourists due to it being a main stopover for connecting flights (to Peru in our case), however in the end we wished we had a couple more days here. Headed out to the Plaza de Armas and just so happened to stumble upon the free walking tour which was about to commence (running on South American time). Right time and place. We spent hours perusing various streets and sights including taking the funicular to San Cristobal Hill, visiting Pablo Neruda’s house (1 of 3). Hung out in bohemian Bellavista and had a traditional Chilean meal – corn mash pie with chicken, beef, raisins, egg, onion, etc. Chileans love their food & drink sweet, which often results in them adding sugar to everything (including my corn pie)! Their cuisine may not be the healthiest but it’s definitely generous and tasty! Speaking of drinks, we did get the chance to try Mote con Huesillo, a sweet peach-infused drink with wheat (similar to barley). Refreshing after a stroll and the perfect pick-me-up after walking around in the warm weather. However, we steered clear of the Terremoto (earthquake) – like a spider but substitute the soft drink for Pipeño, fermented  sweet wine. Also stopped by a yummy gelato shop near La Starria. Highly recommend the restaurant Galindo, great service and delicious food. The walking tour helped us find our feet (pardon the pun), as you get a real feel for the city and venture into the undiscovered treasures & hidden gems. Our tour leader Franco was brilliant in sharing his rich historical understandings and helping us out with any queries or questions. All in all, today was infinitely better. Glad to leave the city on a good note. Next stop – Lima!

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IMG_4378Above (Top to Bottom):  La Moneda Palace, view from San Cristobal Hill, Pablo Neruda’s giant shoes

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