Trip Start Feb 04, 2013
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I crossed the border into Chile somewhere at the top of the mountains because I remember it being so cold outside where we got our bags and passports scanned. I got to my hostel Santiago in the afternoon where I was for about half an hour before I met some other travelers who gave me a beer and told me to join them up on the roof patio for the afternoon. I ended up spending most of the night with them, then we went out to one of the local clubs on Pio Nono st, a street full of clubs and restaurants just around the corner from whereIi was staying. I ended up spending every night in Santiago with this crew I met on the roof patio, having a few beers then going out in Bella vista for big nights out till the early hours of the morning
During the day I went on a free walking tour of Santiago where I learnt about the cultural side of Chile and saw some of the cities famous buildings. One of the only things I remember from it though is that Chile has an earthquake every 2 weeks which is why the city is constantly under construction and a lot of the older buildings have cracks all over them.
I also walked up San Cristóbal hill and at the top stood the worlds biggest statue of the Virgin Mary and a church where they have special mass's at certain times of the year. There's also lookouts with great views of the city.
I tried some local Chilian cuisine each day I was here like empanadas (pastry filled with meats, veges and cheeses), pastel de choclo (corn pie with mash,corn,meat,cheese,egg and one olive) not the best I thought, and pisco sour and terremotos ( two alcoholic drinks that get you pretty cheerful). Also some food from street stalls where iIhad no idea what I was ordering.
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