Elections in Chile
26.10.2008 23 °C
I find it hard not write a new entry on this blog every time I come across something I want to share with others. I don´t want my whole trip to be at the computer, but today is election day here in Santiago so they closed everything! literally everything is closed except for supermarkets and internet cafes. Hence the reason why I am on the computer.
Today was beautiful. I woke early and paid another visit to Santa Lucia , a large mountain in which the city was founded on. I met a a cool guy named Adam from South Africa there and we toured a majority of the city on foot snapping some great pictures. I was able to see the top of the Andes mountains from the peak of Santa Lucia. They are the biggest things I have ever seen. It felt like I was looking straight up.
I grabbed a great drink today off the street which was really tasty. It is a nectar tea with peaches and some sort of rice fruit in it. Its called Moto. Lou can also find fresh squeezed juices on the street for 500 pesos. That's less than 1 USD. For food at restaurants, a sandwich will cost roughly 2000 pesos. A meal about 2300 pesos. you will pay more if you choose to dine obviously. But You basically pay around 5 bux to sit down and eat. I shouldn´t say that Chile is notorious for their ice cream because thats not what they like to take claim for. But the ice cream in Chile is notorious. do try it!
I need to do a little more research on Pablo Nuerdo when I have time. He is a famous poet and supposibly has this enormous house that is a must see. I am looking forward to tomorrow. I´m meeting up with some travelers from a GAP adventure trip and I plan on making a day trip to Valparaiso.
Chile has some really run down areas but it doesn't seem to bother the people here . I haven´t been able to determine distinct line in the social classes here other than the occasional homeless drunk man sleeping on a bench. A lot of the buildings are old and crumbling but have a rugged Victorian look to them. You can easily distinguish the original buildings from the modern, architecturally-sound buildings that must all be designed to withstand earthquakes here. There many new high rise condominiums under development. I think I saw ads for at least twenty planned high rises on just on one block.
I am starting to think I would like to do this for the rest of my life...