Sunday, December 27, 2009



views from the plane flying from Buenos Aires to Santiago


subway station near our hostel

funicular we rode to the top of Saint Cristobal, a big hill on the edge of Santiago 

on the way up Saint Lucia, a medium hill in the center of Santiago.  There were a lot of steps and I nearly gave up, but Philium found me a Popsicle just in time to revive me and we conquered it. Phew.

One of Phil's friends from Whaley Bridge, Jon, currently lives in Santiago.  In the evenings we met with him and his girlfriend, a Chilean, and they showed us the best places to eat and drink in the city.  It was great to have local guides and Phil really enjoyed catching up with Jon.

One night we saw this crazy band.  I borrowed another video from YOUTUBE but it's from the exact night that we saw them.  There were 19 members of the band!

Valparaiso is kind of like a city surrounded by small villages.  It is very unique and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

isn't he incredible?  he was HUGE.  Phil wouldn't let me bring him home.

we took a boat trip very close to all these navy boats.  I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to take pictures, but everyone else was, so...

Chile has see-through money.  Wild.

Pablo Neruda's house. He was a famous Chilean poet.  His house is funky with amazing views and very interesting collections.

riding in the street elevator

Valparaiso has the best cafes and bars. 

Cafe Vinilo where we had the best lunch of the entire vacation

Chilean wine is nearly as good as Argentinian (actually, I can't really tell a difference)

Valparaiso has TONS of graffiti and street art

Just a 15 minute train ride from Valparaiso

We spent a lovely afternoon here

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