Pre-Columbian Art; Barrios Brazil and Bellavista

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 15, 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

This morning I left the Best Western - sadly - and went over to the Espana and got lost while dragging some of my heavy baggage there.  When I got to the Espana, they informed me that there wasn't a room for me.  This is the hotel that lost our group's reservations made weeks in advance and gave our rooms to the other Dragoman group.  So I had a fit and they eventually relented once I gave them Mick and Anki's names so they could identify a responsible party to attach any blame if they were chastised for giving me a room.  Alas, the room was not so nice as the Best Western but it did have a little balcony with doors that opened (but didn't actually close once they were opened).

After settling in, I walked over to Plaza Brazilia and what I assumed would be the hip barrio of Brazilia.  I saw some brightly painted buildings and graffiti but no tattoo shops.  From there I walked to Bellavista again and shopped a little.  I had a snack of Chilean empanadas and a pisco sour and took the subway back to the hotel - without too many mishaps.  I did miss my stop and had to go back one stop after I had trouble finding the right route at the station, but people were quite helpful and I was beginning to understand the directions people were giving me a bit better.

This was the day that I visited the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.  It took me awhile to find it but there it was...I had taken a photo of the planks holding up the side of the building but hadn't noticed the name of the entrance door on the other side.  There were lots of fascinating was a little difficult for me to follow where everything was from although they had excellent signage.  I loved the expressions on the faces of so many of the little sculptures.

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