03.14.2013 - 03.17.2013 70 °F
Santiago is a very crowded bustling city but it also has a lot of parks and increadible weather (80 and sunny every day), at least at this time of the year.
I visited the mercado central, where the fresh fish is brought in daily from Valparaiso. I had a soup (paille especial) that had all kinds of fish and seafood in it, I did not know what half of it was. However, there was definately there was shrimp mussels and squid in it.
I got a chance to go out and see the nightlife here in Santiago in the Bellavista neighbordhood. Wow, lots of people were everywhere, in the clubs, outside, and this was at 2 AM as things started getting started.
I also visited the museum area and visited the Museo de las Memorias, which dealt with the period of Pinochet's dictatorship from 1973 to 1990, where thousands disappeared because of political views. Outside was a piece of art representing the desaparecidos.
The museum area also had a beautiful park with many exotic trees.
The last day in Santiago I met a friend from Columbia, Francisco, in the hostel. He is starting school here and we walked the town.
Visiting La moneda palace meant so much more after the museo de memoria.
Afterward I had another soup from la vega mercado area, where the locals go.
That night, I met another friend who took me through a sunday market, called ferie de las pulgas. It was mobbed with people and in one spot there were people just selling marijuana but most people sold handicrafts.
Then we took the metro south of town. There was a religious german township we walked through.
Then, we went to the mall for some food as we conversed in Spanish.
Overall, I came into Santiago to relax a bit and to mix up a big city in a trip that has focused a lot on outdoor adventures.