New Inti Castro mural at Bellas Artes metro stop
From Cerro Santa Lucia photo excursion
Day 1: Arrival to Santiago (yesterday)
During the 8 hour 58 minute flight from Houston to Santiago, I managed to watch two episodes of “New Girl”, start reading a book and sleep for about 8 hours (right through all the meals). I woke up to the announcement about completing our customs forms. This reminded me about the 3 illicit mandarins in my bag that I meant to consume before succumbing to flight narcolepsy. I ate the contraband then shoved the peels/pests in the blanket bag.
It was a 20 minute, 19000 Chilean pesos ($32) taxi ride to my crib at Monjitas 744 right downtown. My driver loved listening to power ballads. He loved them so much that he ignored me the whole time which spared me the typical line of questioning that taxi drivers in Latin America usually subject me to:
Driver: Where are you from?
Driver: But where is your family from?
Me: The Philippines.
Driver: Do you speak Chinese?
My airbnb apartment is centrally located just blocks from a new Inti Castro mural, the Plaza de Armas, multiple ATM’s that reject my card, Museo Bellas Artes and Cerro Santa Lucia. I participated in a local photography group’s shoot on Cerro Santa Lucia on my first night. They were impressed that I attended an event that began 6 hours after I stepped foot in Chile (pshhh). I used my Sony a6000 for the first time and shot several mediocre pictures and one really good one of my lens cap.
– Chile feels significantly more European than Latin American (the people, the ease of everything, the smells).
– It’s literally 64 degrees warmer than it is in Philly.
– Chilean Spanish sounds funny to my ears.
– There are very few stray dogs (unlike the roving packs of street dogs that terrorized me in Guatemala and held nightly barking competitions in front of my bedroom window).
– Peruvian and sushi restaurants abound.
– The malls are mad houses even on Friday afternoons. Why?! They don’t even have Cinnabon here. Not that I eat Cinnabons. Especially not the outside Cinnabon spirals anyway.