After our adventures in Patagonia, we flew back to Santiago and found our apartment/hotel in the Providencia area of the city. It was pretty nice. We got ready to go out for dinner that night and had a bit of a tough time because it was election day in Chile and many of the restaurants were closed (something about not being able to serve alcohol on election day – thank goodness we don’t have that here!). But we managed to find a place that was open and met some of Katie’s friends there. We took the metro to Tiramisu, a very popular local restaurant that had delicious pizza and lots of wine and gelato (yes, I know I was in Chile and not Italy – we didn’t have a lot of options). It was an enjoyable and relaxing, and a good break from the last few days of crazy adventures.
The next morning we got moving around 10am (side note: I have no idea how Chileans regularly stay out until 11pm/midnight and then go to work at 9am on a regular basis – we had an “early” dinner at 8pm). We first went to Cafe Melba for a nice brunch (and some real coffee!).
We then journeyed over to Cerro Santa Lucia (the smaller of the two parks-on-a-hill in Santiago). The metro in Santiago is pretty nice. We walked around a bit, took in the view, took pictures, bought some local crafts, etc.
A powerhouse of pleasure is climbing Santa Lucia a small rocky hill that rises in the center of the city. From there the view is truly awesome and unique.
I have to agree.
We tried to go to a museum that day, but they all seem to be closed on Mondays. So we stopped for some snacks and refreshments at a café on LaStarria. I had an extremely strong pisco sour that had some honey in it and we all had some delicious fondue with meat, veggies, and bread.
For dinner that night Katie and I met up with two of John Michael’s friends at a cool resto-bar called Liguria. We had lots more delicious food and drinks (including a beer with lemon juice and spicy salt which sounded awful but was really good). A good time was had by all.
The next day (and sadly my last in Chile on this trip), Katie and I spent the day going to museums. But first, we went to Fuente Alemana for an early lunch. We shared a giant sandwich with beef, tomato, mayonnaise, and avocado. It was really good and I’m really glad we split it.
And then I headed back to the Santiago airport for the fourth (and final) time to fly back to reality.
It was a truly amazing trip and I almost can’t believe that it all happened. Chile was a very friendly and easy place to visit. It was unbelievably beautiful and there was also so much variety in what the country had to offer.
I have a lot more photos in a flickr album. There are about 130 photos in there, the best 10% of the ones that I took.