Nov 07, 2008
Mar 03, 2009
Again, there was little that was typically Chilean about it with shopping malls and boutique shops galore. It even had a subway which was great for getting around and to the bus station. My hostel was fantastic with a huge garden and big swimming pool which was very much needed given how hot it was. Didn't do too much overall apart from wandering around, visiting Santiago's zoo and relaxing by the pool.
For new year's eve we had a big party at our hostel which was great fun. They had built a stage over part of the pool and we had a live band playing all the classic power rock songs you can imagine, with Bon Jovi apparently something of a speciality for them, and a DJ following.
About 250 people there as well all outside in the garden so there was a good crowd. Unfortunately I had to get up early the next morning to check out and then got a bus overnight that evening so I didn't plan things too well!
I continued my phase of moving between large cities by entering Santiago, Chile's very modern capital. The smog rising from its buildings and streets could be seen from some way off but around the centre it seemed fairly clean. As big cities go, it was quite nice really with plenty of big squares and wide pedestrianised streets.