But not really, just hot and sweaty – Written 29 Jan
After the whole purse saga in Concepción, I arrived in Santiago in the afternoon and made my way to my CouchSurfing host, Nico’s, place. I took a little nap and then went to wander around the city for a little while before returning to Nico’s place to chill out for the evening with him and his flatmate, Rod. My first impressions of Santiago were that it was really just a huge city, with nothing much else going on for it, and that it was kinda like Malaysia.
Anyway, the next day, I met up with Franco, another CouchSurfer who had very kindly offered to show me around Santiago. We went on a walking tour of the city, covering some of the main attractions of Santiago.
I even got to try some Mote con Huesillo, a sweet barley drink with peach juice and peaches and barley. It’s usually eaten as a dessert, although for me, it was pretty much lunch.
More walking around and exploring the city, which was unfortunately covered by a huge smog because of forest fires in a neighboring city, a result of 40 degree heat and no rain for weeks on end.
It was really nice hanging out with Franco as well, and I was glad for the company (added benefit being a local’s knowledge of the country and the city), so it turned out to be a really fun day in Santiago, despite the ridiculous heat.
In the evening, Franco and I met up with Al (who told me to go to Lota!) to check out Bellavista, a quirky little neighborhood with lots of character, and a vibrant nightlife scene. I also got to try a Terramoto, a yummy drink named for the frequent seismic activity in the region.
I spent the next day wandering around Santiago a little on my own and tried a local dish – pastel de choclo, a corn pie with meat and raisins and some veggies in it. I found the corn rather overwhelming and didn’t like it very much, but hey, at least I tried it!
In the evening, I met Nico’s other CouchSurfers, Daniel and Bryan, who were touring South America playing gigs. Pretty cool stuff. Even cooler was that Daniel wanted to watch The Hobbit (which I still hadn’t watched), so we made plans to watch that the next day! Yay Hobbit! It was a really good movie and I enjoyed it more than the first. So glad I managed to catch it (:
Anyway, after the movie, Daniel was going to play the opening act with Bryan at concert for a Chilean band, Astro, so he invited me to tag along. My first concert experience haha. It turned out to be really cool – the venue was an amphitheater (Anfiteatro Pablo Neruda) overlooking Santiago on Cerro Cristobal,
we got backstage/VIP passes and I got to meet all the band members as well. Very cool stuff, and I must say, the life of a rock star is pretty amazing. And I didn’t think I would, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the concert – Astro makes pretty cool music, and they have amazing energy, so the concert was really fun.
Well, while Santiago was a nice experience, it is still a city, and when I woke up the next day I felt the overwhelming urge to get out of the city. So I packed up my stuff, and it was off to Valparaiso, a tiny little city along the coast of Chile. Chau, Santiago!