Thursday, October 01, 2009

2009 South American Tour

The fist thing you notice from the airplane when you approach Santiago is the Andes Mountains sticking up like a jagged edge all along the spine of this this country, creating one of the most beautiful backdrops of a city I've seen.

But Santiago was not my only destination, Im on my way to theworld heritage site of the Historic Quarter of the Seaport Village of Valparaiso.

Santiago’s cafes are full of subdued people wearing black, blue and brown. They sit in pairs, whisper intensely to each other and sometimes, but not often, laugh quietly. The clothes are fashionable. The streets are clean. Traffic orderly. The pollution here is not bad at all. Hundreds of cozy restaurants sell all kinds of food. The art galleries are great here, I found awesome exhibit of statues and masks in the Museo de Bellas Artes.

Opposite the condo where Im staying is a steep rocky hill wrapped in twisting paths and topped with old towers and archways. The park is amazingly cool and has many secret places. Huge sharp mountains are a constant backdrop no matter where you are in Santiago. The park is full of art students drawing plants, paths and buildings. Perhaps they go to art school near by. Last night we went on a little train trip that takes you up a big hill at one end of Santiago, then came back down on a chairlift. Amazing view and we were lucky enough to be there for sunset. Santiago is very beautiful, if you look at it from the right angle.