Wed 22 Jul 2009 5 °C
Just like that, its 4 pm, I am covered with 3 blankets in my room looking through the window and listening to the rain drops. I was lucky as I walked a lot today and just as I got in my room to get something it started pouring.
I had another interesting day in Santiago today, more and more I look at it from the possible future resident perspective, I definitely like it more and more, people maybe the most.
Talking about interesting things, walking through the center today I experienced the calm protest of educational workers – no hostility displayed. Carabineros were behind just in case. On the main city’s square, Plaza De Armas, an old man chatted me up explaining problems Chilean educational workers are going through as well as problems of the students having to pay for their studies. Of course he asked for contribution later – and when I had given him 2 bucks worth of pesoses, he got quite disappointed. He accepted however my explanation that I am unemployed and I can’t give more. I think I will use this excuse when necessary. In principal, not too many people ask me anything here or pay attention to me whatsoever and that makes me feel very comfortable. Based on looks I don’t think I appear like a stranger and that’s important to me.
I saw two markets today, one people’s and one fancy / touristy. First one was an ordinary market, didn’t see anything unusual for sale, like live stock or cockroaches, so I was quite disappointed with that. I did taste some exotic fruit, that was okay, would not consider them a special discovery though. Old rule to eat at markets I didn’t let down this time either. I had a real homemade stew with cooked meat and vegetables like my mom used to make – it was delicious. That was the best meal I had in Chile so far. I am still circling around the fish restaurants, as I am not sure how and which fish to order. Sea food seems to be a true Chilean specialty.
In the afternoon I went for a walk to a newer part of the city called La Providencia (my accommodation is in city’s centre). I took metro for the first time alone, no comments there, everything was quite tidy and well organized. I enjoyed the metro ride quite a bit, as it was the warmest place I was in the whole day (well maybe I felt warmer in my room under 3 blankets). I also liked the people’s behaviour in the crowded wagon, as people are concerned I really have to complaints.
To make the story short – Santiago is AWESOME!!!!
I decided to take a little trip to the sea on Thursday and see two interesting places there, historical Valparaiso and flashy and touristy Vina Del Mar.
Stew at marked, salad and mineral water US$3.50
1.5 kg of fruits at the market US$1.50