I only spent 24 hours in Santiago, but it was jam packed with excitement.
As I exited the airport and boarded the bus, I met Amanda, and 18-year-old
girl from the UK that is traveling for 4 months by herself. I have
met other solo female travelers, but she was by far the youngest.
She also has no plan and was flying by the seat of her pants...and
she seems to be loving every minute of it, despite being drugged in
a Quito bar, and held by the Ecuadorian police for lack of proper
passport stamps. Her bag had been stolen and she'd taken many bus
rides that had breakdowns. But she seems unfazed by these setbacks and semmed to be enjoying
month 2 of her 4 month journey. I bumped into her randomly on the
street later in the day and we climbed to the top of the tallest hill in Santiago where
the Virgin Mary looks out over the city (see photos.) Im very
impressed that she was traveling solo at 18; I barely have my act
together at 31, never mind 18!
Amanda on top of Santiago- with my Red Sox Hat
Santiago reminds me a lot of Boston. Think of it as "Boston South".
It has an old market similar to Faneuil Hall, a subway (but Santiagos
is faster and cleaner,) and an old colonial heart (Spanish rather
than British, obviously.) And you can see all the must-see sights
in a day. It really felt like home.
My cousin Karen hooked me up with Lauren, who lives in Santiago teaching
English at a Catholic school. I was able to stay with Lauren's teacher
friends, Maggie and company (see picture). They took me out for a
great meal in the Los Cordos area of Santiago, which is rather swanky.
It was nice to talk with other Americans and not have to translate.
Not to mention the hot shower, warm bed, and no fear that I was going
to get robbed.
Thanks to Lauren and Maggie for taking the time to show me the best
restaurant in the city.
go to Sean's Santiago photo
album to the photos referenced above
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