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Santa Lucia Hill

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  • Day32

    Pünktlich zu unserem ersten Reise-Jubiläum haben wir unser Penthouse in Santiago bezogen (nota bene for free, zumindest hoffen wir das immer noch). So ist dieser Post auch nicht viel mehr als ein kleiner Video-Gruss zum Jubiläum, denn wir vermissen Euch alle, auch wenn man uns das weder ansieht noch anmerkt. Das zweite (Gruss-)Video hatte nicht wirklich ein Konzept und trotzdem hat es jemanden aus dem Konzept gebracht. Wir hatten denn auch schon eine Flasche Rotwein intus, als wir uns zu lokalem Spumante und Zigarre aufs Roof-Top begaben ...Read more

  • Day1

    En transit à Santiago, Chili

    March 6, 2017 in Chile

    Estamos ahora en Santiago de Chile. Visitamos el cerro Santa Lucía : es bonito. Vemos todo la ciudad. Después visitamos el Mercado Central, la Moneda y la Plaza de Armas. Compramos zapatos, relojes y comidas.
    Amélie

    Gustó empanadas:
    Napolitana
    Con queso
    Con jamón
    Con carné
    Con atun
    Con tomates
    Estamos en un piso, con una piscina sobre la casa. Gustó muchos de bañar.
    Hablo bien español.
    Olivier

  • Day7

    Hola Santiago!

    March 16, 2017 in Chile

    Nachdem wir sehr herzlich vom Team vom Hostel Costa Azul verabschiedet wurden (sehr zu empfehlen!) haben wir uns auf den Weg nach Santiago gemacht. Auto außerhalb abgestellt, mit der Bahn rein und fix im Hostel eingecheckt - danach haben wir uns in das lebendige Getummel von Santiago gestürzt. Was soll man sagen - viel Sonne, viel Wärme und wie immer viele Menschen und Autos. Nachdem wir in einem schönen Park mitten in der Stadt empandas zum Mittag hatten, sind wir zum Cerro con Cristobal, einem Berg mitten in der Stadt. Glücklicherweise kann man mit einer Seilbahn hinauffahren, was uns dann einen tollen Blick über die Stadt und die Anden in der Ferne beschert hat. Den Tag lassen wir im Hostel mit leckeren pisco sours in verschiedenen Varianten ausklingen. Salute!Read more

  • Day119

    Pinochet and cheese fondue

    August 14 in Chile

    Hüt hemmer de Grossteil vum Tag im "Muséo de Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos" verbracht, im "Museum des Gedenkens und der Menschenrechte". Da hemmer einiges über dMilitär-Diktatur erfahre, wo zwüschet 1973 und 1989 in Chile gherrscht het. Da numal es Résumée für eus Gschichts-Laie:
    Vor 1973 het de Salvador Allende als demokratisch gwählte Marxistisch Präsident regiert (btw de einzig vu de Welt!). In dere schwierige Wirtschaftslag het er sich für Abschottig vor usländische Investitione, Verstaatlichung vu grosse Unternehme, Erhöchig vu de Staatsinvestitione und Umverteilig vum Vermöge im grosse Stil igsetzt... leider vergeblich. Darum het am 11. September 1973 dMilitär-Junta putscht (btw au durch amerikanischi Undergrabig verschuldet), en Bandi bestehend us allne Generäl vu Heer, Marine, Luftwaffe und Polizei, agfüehrt vum oberste General Augusto Pinochet. DJunta het all amtlichi Gebäude la ruume und beschosse, Massemedie lahm gleit und en Usgehsperri verhängt. De zuvor amtierend Präsident Allende het im Amtsgebäude La Moneda usgharrt, en sehr starchi letschti Botschaft a sis Volk per Funk duregä und sich denn sLebe gno. Dernach het de Pinochet sLand während 16 Jahr mit iserner Hand gfüehrt.
    DUsstellig im Menscherechts-Museum het sich primär umd Zit während de Diktatur dreiht. Under de Regierig vu dr Junta sind fascht 40'000 Lüt gfolteret und über 3'000 sind umbracht worde. In sehr ufwändige und detaillierte Bilder, Texte und Videos zeigt sMuseum uf, wie dMänsche zu dere Zit glebt hend, wie sie gfoltered worde sind (v.a. durch Elektroschocks) und ihri Aghörige gsuecht hend, wo teilwis jahrelang oder sogar für immer verschwunde sind. In de 80er Jahr het dBevölkerig meh und meh agfange sich wehre, doch immer wieder hend bluetigi Zwüschefäll dLüt im Zaum ghalte.
    DUsstellig isch eus under dHuut, mer sind tief beidruckt und schockiert gsi, as sich de Pinochet bis 1989 a dr Macht het chenne halte. V.a. ischer au nachher, zu "demokratische" Ziite, bis 2005 nu im Senat gsesse - und es Jahr später ohni Prozess, ohni Straf, ohni Sanktione über 90-jährig storbe! :o wie het so öppis i dr hütig Zit chenne passiere? Wieso het mer da nid interveniert, womer doch so vil Augezüge het gha - u.a. au de Papst Johannes Paul II?!?
    ... uf jedefall hemmer eus nach paar Stund bewegender Gschicht wieder ins Getümmel vu Santiago stürzt. Rund umd Estacion Central gfindet mer Strasse mit farbige Hüsli, Micro-Lädeli und -Restis, grösseri Marktständ mit Chleider und Schueh und riesige Malls mit Food Courts us aller Welt... und überall so vil Lüt am poschte! Wiene strubi Mischig us Italie und Singapur...
    In jedere Strass lauft was: entweder en selbsternennte Sänger het en Box montiert und singt halbherzig zu irgendemene Hit mit (wie en völlig verfilzte chilenische Rastafari wo Bob Marley het la laufe obwohl er wohl chum es Wort Englisch red), oder irgendwas wird verchauft... mer findet uf Tüecher oder Blache usbreitete Schuck, Chleider, Büecher,... in de Metro-Underfüehrige werded luuthals Wasser, Snacks, Kabel und Socke apriese... wunderlichi Kombination :)
    A propos Metro: ufem Rückweg vum Museum zrugg ind Innestadt simmer nu per Zuefall grad nebedeme Freestyle Rapper im Wage stande :) plötzlich packt er sini Box us und faht a rhyme, derbi heter eus als usländisches Pärli sehr herzlich in Chile begrüesst :)
    Nachere churze Verschnufpause im Hostel simmer numal inen Vorstadt usgrückt - dismal zum ga Fondue esse! Mer planget scho so lang uf schwizer Esse, asmer dem schwizer Resti nid hend chenne wiederstah :) nacheme ganz ordentliche Fondue hemmer eus ufe (eher wiite) Heiweg gmacht und sind leider nid wiit cho... dMetro tuet hie scho am halbi 12i zue! Mer hend wohl zimli verlore usgseh, so het eus die älter Party-Nudle Rose-Marie under ihri Fittiche gno und eus zum Bus glotst, wo eus zrugg zum Hostel bracht het... was fürne Ufwand für chli Chäs!
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  • Day37

    Santiago

    May 9, 2017 in Chile

    Our bus to Santiago was at 9am so we awoke to an early alarm. It's not actually that far from Mendoza so we didn't need an overnight bus. By not far I mean it was only 7 hours which seems like nothing to us now.

    We had been told that the journey to Santiago would be really nice as it takes you through the mountains however we didn't expect it to be as beautiful as it was. For hours all we could see were snow capped mountains, it was amazing. The roads were narrow and wound themselves through the mountains. On some of the downhill bits, we had to take a few deep breaths though as the bus got very close to the edge!

    I mentioned earlier that the journey was only meant to be 7 hours however that does not factor in the ridiculous amount of time it takes you to get across the border. Whilst the border crossing from Brazil to Argentina consisted of a quick stamp in the passport and putting your bags through a scanner that no one was monitoring, took less than 5 minutes, the Chilean border was a whole different kettle of fish.

    First you have to queue up to get your passport stamped and then you have to wait for them to get all the bags off the bus so they can be scanned. There were 2 coaches in front of us and they only do one coach at a time so this took forever. After the luggage in the hold had gone through we were all lined up like cattle with our hand luggage which then also had to go through the scanners. After what felt like an eternity we were allowed back on the bus and sent on our merry way.

    When we eventually arrived in Santiago, and after Simon got called a gringo (followed by something in Spanish which I have a suspicion wasn't very nice) by the luggage man for not tipping (apparently you have to tip the guy who passes you your luggage from the bus, which seems absolutely ludicrous as he literally passes you your bag and therefore no different they getting your shopping out of the boot of your car) we navigated our way to the subway and headed towards our hostel. We are staying in an 8 bed dorm here however the place is huge and the dorm is split into 2 parts so it's really not that bad at all.
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  • Day40

    Day 4 - Santiago

    May 12, 2017 in Chile

    We are really enjoying slowing down a bit and taking some time to explore the city. It is also helping us cut back on the spending.

    In the morning we visited the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, another recommendation of Franco's. The museum reflects on the human rights abuse that took place under the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. The museum is free to walk around but everything is in Spanish so we decided to pay for the audio guides. We are so glad we did and we learnt so much. It is truly terrifying to learn about the terrible things that were still happening in our lifetimes.

    After a couple of the hours at the museum and perhaps feeling a little emotionally exhausted, we went for a stroll around a nearby park and watched the ducks before heading to the bus station to purchase tickets for the next leg of our adventure.

    We weren't entirely sure where we going to go next when we got to the bus station however after checking out our options and the costs, we opted for San Pedro de Atacama. Unfortunately there were no bed seats left so we have a 24 coach journey to look forward to with semi reclining seats!

    We were pretty hungry by this point so headed back to Plaza de Armas to grab some food for lunch. When on the tour, Franco told us about a traditional Chilean dish, the pino empanada. This is an empanada with meat, onion a boiled egg and an olive so we both decided to have one for lunch. It sounds a bit strange but it actually tasted pretty good. You have to watch out for the olive though as they don't take the stone out.

    We then spent the next hour or so people watching in Plaza de Armas. There is so much going on, it can keep you entertained for hours.
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  • Day39

    Day 3 - Santiago

    May 11, 2017 in Chile

    Today we decided to have a cultural day and visit some of the museums that Franco showed us on the walking tour.

    We started at the Pre-Columbia Art Museum and ended up staying there for hours. Simon and I (especially Simon) sometimes get a bit bored when looking round museums but this one was really interesting. The exhibits were great and we learnt a lot about the Mapuche culture and other indigenous people of Chile.

    After the museum, we grabbed ourselves some rolls and cream cheese (staple traveller lunch) before heading out again for some more sightseeing.

    We strolled over to the Bellavista district which is the hipster area of Santiago that we had briefly visited on our tour, and had a wander around Santa Lucia Hill. At the top there is a castle and when the weather is good it's a great viewpoint to see the city and the surrounding mountains. Unfortunately the weather hasn't been great so we didn't get the picturesque views we had hoped for. There were some pretty sketchy steps up to the look out though (very steep, narrow and slippery). Miraculous I managed to get down in one piece. Simon however slipped down a number of steps on his bottom!

    After the park we headed to the poet, Pablo Neruda's house, La Chascona. Pablo built the house for his secret love Matilde Urrita back in 1953. Pablo named the house after Matilde's crazy red hair (chascona means wild mane of hair in Chilean Spanish).

    When entering his home we were given audio guides which told us about the different rooms as we walked around. Pablo had a very quirky style so the house was fascinating to walk around. He was a great collector so there are loads of random bits and pieces all over the house. Pablo loved the sea, but being unable to swim and therefore never going in it, he based his house on a ship. There is a bar in the house which was from an old French ship as well as a long galley like dining room. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take pictures inside. I think I am going to have to read some of his poetry now!

    After a very busy day of sightseeing and cultural stuff, we grabbed some bits for dinner and headed back to the hostel. Today's culinary delight was spaghetti bolognese accompanied by a £2 bottle of Chilean wine (we love that it is so cheap over here).
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  • Day78

    Terraza Caupolican

    December 16, 2017 in Chile

    A bit above the Terraza Neptuno is the Terraza Caupolican. It is a big open space with a view to the city center. Santiago is a mix of tall, old communist buildings and very modern glass buildings all within the same place. There is an ornate gate at the top of the stairs opening into the terrace.

  • Day109

    I woke up early, had my breakfast and walked to the Swedish Embassy. This day too, the streets were empty. Everything was closed. There was no public transport. The restaurants too were closed. I was wondering if pope's visit would spoil all my plans for the day.
    Luckily, the Swedish Embassy was open. I got my new passport and the courier with the credit cards. After that, I took a taxi to the police station about 15 kms away where I would get a copy of my police report. The place was was closed and one of the person there told me that it would remain closed for another day due to the pope's visit. Dejected, I decided to check at the immigration office if they were open to get a copy of the immigration papers that I had lost in the theft. I would need this to travel out of Chile. There were 3 offices marked on my map. The nearest ome was 3 kms away. I decided to walk there. The streets we're totally empty. People were staying at home fearing rioting and arson due to the pope's visit. I reached the place marked on the map only to find it closed. The next immigration office was shown less than a km away. Having nothing else to do, I decided to check it as well.
    I reached there around 11:40 am. It seemed closed but the gate for the vehicles was open so I went in. There was no one around. I started looking into the various windows to see if I could find my way in. That's when one of the windows opened and a person asked what I was looking for? I explained that I had lost my immigration slip in a theft and I wanted a copy. He told me to come in and have a place. The entrance was from a side door well hidden from the main entrance. Here, after sitting for a while I was put through to an immigration officer who spoke English. After listening patiently to my issue he told me that since I was a foreigner I needed to go to ome of their special branch in the downtown that handles external cases and that I needed to hurry since it was a half day working only. I got a the address from them, thanked them, rushed out and called a taxi. The taxi took me to the office in the downtown just as tge tome showed 12:15 pm. Luckily, the office was still open. Here too, the gentleman who I talked to, knew English so I was able to explain the issue. He said that I could get the copy in that branch but that I would need to come the next day since they were closing now. I told them that I was leaving the next day early in the morning. He asked if I was leaving the country and I lied that I was leaving for Argentina the next morning. Then he asked one of his subordinates to look up my record based on my old passport number. He got the verification in a few minutes after which he took an immigration slip and filled it with my details and the new passport number and then signed and stamped it and gave it to me. That was it!! He didn't ask for any money, no favors or anything, just gave the slip to me and said that show this with the police report slip and I should be fine. I thanked him and walked out happy. At least some things were working out.
    It was 12:30 pm by now and I was hungry. I stopped by a local restaurant and had my lunch. After that, I walked about 2 kms to the central plaza. The whole place was fortified since the pope was coming there. There were police everywhere and people had gathered around the barriers to see the pope. There were vendors selling flags, caps, tshirts, buntings and every paraphernalia one could think of with pictures of the pope. There we people waving flags and singing. I walked back to my hostel about 4 kms away. Everything was closed in this area as well. I went out just to have dinner and then slept early.
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  • Day78

    Walk in the night

    December 16, 2017 in Chile

    After we came down from the Santa Lucia hill, we sat in the Cafe Opera for some tea and coffee and after that, we went around the city. The Christmas mood was in full swing. There were people everywhere doing their last minute Christmas shopping. Eventually, we said goodbye to Natalia around 10 pm and headed to hotel.
    The girls were to join us next day and we didn't have a place booked. Our hotel didn't have any rooms available and the others we found were either too expensive or didn't have a good rating.
    After reaching back, we had to search for another 2 hours before we found a place nearby but it was a bit more expensive than our budget. We anyways took it since we didn't have any alternate.
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Santa Lucia Hill, Cerro Santa Lucía

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