So while I've been here in this smog-fest yet modern city (everyone says Santiago is not Chile so don't want to get too comfy), here are a few more interesting things I've come across and seen since I've been here...
Stray Dogs in Coats rule the streets. They are everywhere and extremely friendly and tame. It's not unusual to have a little friend follow you while cruising around the streets. They are actually quite tame, well fed and A-dorable. I kept seeing the little guys in coats and finally was told by a Chilean that people feel bad for the dogs and buy/put coats on them. In my head, I've adopted 10 of them so don't be surprised if you all get dogs wearing fleece jackets for Christmas.
|Perro y Amigo |
|Perro Wearing A Superman Jacket|
Rock You Like a Terremoto (Not the Natural Disaster Kind). The Terremoto is a scary, genius concoction of pure red wine and pinneapple ice cream. As the Hurricane is to NOLA, the Terremoto is one of Chile's signature drinks or perhaps a way to laugh at gringos that dare to try it. It's extremely potent and more than one is probably not a good idea. So of course I had to try it. Our Spanish teacher, Profe Arvanik, took us all out to a fantastic, local spot and introduced us to this drink, as well as what I can only describe as a hybrid of chili cheese fries and nachos - with a fried egg thrown on top for good measure. The Chilean diet consists of everything you outwardly condemn but secretly love. Trying to fit into my pants for the next five months will be a huge challenge. Although it's fun to try, I'm constantly craving fresh veggies sin mayonesa (a treasured Chilean condiment on EVERYTHING).
|Going up the funicular|
|Atop Cerro San Cristobal|
|View from the top|
|Cerro San Cristobal's Virgin Mary|
|One Last View|