Hotel Neruda Express
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Greetings from sunny Isla del Sol, where the altitude is higher than a Snoop Dogg broadcast and the lakes bluer than his crip affiliation.
Bolivians are a funny bunch, combining different traditional indigenous beliefs with European influence. GPs are few and far between, people preferring to rely on traditional witch doctor medicines and are untrusting and largely unwelcoming to foreigners. Despite this it remains a fascinating nation rich in natural beauty, heritage, ...
... or the pub for a drink. That first afternoon in Santiago, I spent walking around my neighborhood. I popped into a pub to catch a glimpse of one of the soccer games – Colo Colo was playing some team that they were manhandling. Nonetheless, folks were loving it, since Colo Colo was clearly their team. The neighborhood is a working class neighborhood…a bit rustic, with lots of character. But a few short blocks over, it rubs shoulders ...
... room. Side
Note: I am so glad that my Mom made me
go back and get my coat because it’s pretty cold here.
I was all showered and set to turn in at 8:30pm when my
roommates showed up. They are 2 Chilean
girls that live about 7 hours from Santiago.
They are volunteers for the winter camps that are going on this
week. Had it not been for them, I would
not have known that it was dinner time in ...
... week on either Saturday or Sunday.
As far as cultural commentary, I have heard several times that the class system here also happens to correlate with the altitude of Santiago. So, as you get closer to the mountains, and thus to a higher elevation, you see a much more upper class area and much bigger houses, etc. As you move further away from the mountains, and thus a lower elevation, the buildings become less maintained ...
... and legends often become blurred. One if the most famous animatas is Romualdito, a popular homeless man, who was murdered. Normally the tokens of appreciation are left at the site of the death but due to his popularity it has extended to his grave. The cemetery is 117 soccer fields big and is more a suburb. The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral is another interesting building. There was a call to arms where the people came and built this building in ...