Our Day as Santiaguinos

Today we lived like locals.  That included taking the bus, fending off a pick pocket (not kidding — but, all is well), eating fresh and dried fruit from vendors at the central market, drinking the famous Terremoto ("earthquake") and taking the funicular to the top of San Christobal Hill.  The vistas from the top of the Hill were the high point (ha, ha) of the day. We were treated to breathtaking views of snow capped mountains thanks to Santiago's location in a valley that is surrounded by The Andes.  On a somber note: We are watching BBC World News and just found out about today's tragic shooting in Washington, DC. To all of friends who call DC home, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Stray dogs are EVERYWHERE in Santiago.  Surprisingly, calm and good natured.  Hard not to want to bring them all home. 

Stray dogs are EVERYWHERE in Santiago.  Surprisingly, calm and good natured.  Hard not to want to bring them all home. 

Vega Central market

Vega Central market

Our guide, Bernardo, treated us to a chirimoya.  It's also called bread fruit.  It has the texture of a pear, but tastes like vanilla custard.  YUM.

Our guide, Bernardo, treated us to a chirimoya.  It's also called bread fruit.  It has the texture of a pear, but tastes like vanilla custard.  YUM.

This is Bernardo. He took us to La Piojera, an historic Santiago dive bar. We were treated to a "terremoto,"  made with sweet wine and pineapple ice-cream, really tasty. We also had two glasses of Chicha, a uniquely Chilean drink of sweet fermented grape juice that's made using a different fermentation process than wine. Not a bad way to take a break between markets.        

This is Bernardo. He took us to La Piojera, an historic Santiago dive bar. We were treated to a "terremoto,"  made with sweet wine and pineapple ice-cream, really tasty. We also had two glasses of Chicha, a uniquely Chilean drink of sweet fermented grape juice that's made using a different fermentation process than wine. Not a bad way to take a break between markets.

 

 

 This is Michael's new friend who clearly had far more Chicha than we did.

 This is Michael's new friend who clearly had far more Chicha than we did.

 ...and, this is Annie's new friend, Jimmy, the head chef at El Galeón where we had lunch.  (Clearly, Annie has better luck in making new friends.)

 ...and, this is Annie's new friend, Jimmy, the head chef at El Galeón where we had lunch.  (Clearly, Annie has better luck in making new friends.)

The Andes in the distance - the view from San Cristobal Hill.

The Andes in the distance - the view from San Cristobal Hill.