My attempt at a self portrait in front of the palace!

La Moneda Palace, Art and Eating Empanadas in Santiago.

It’s autumn in Santiago, Chile so the mornings and evenings are a bit chilly. But it’s sunny and warm during the day, perfect for walking around town.  I am staying in a hostel at the moment, not the best place to stay while working but unfortunately the flat I found to move into would only be available at the end of the month. At least … Continue reading La Moneda Palace, Art and Eating Empanadas in Santiago.

Plaza De Armaz metro station

Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago

The city of Santiago has a couple of very old churches that are absolutely lovely to explore. Walking down Merced Street I stopped at the Basilica of Mercy a Catholic church located just before I reached Plaza de Armas. This Basilica was built in 1566 and established by the Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy, who arrived with the first expedition to Chile. During its early … Continue reading Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago

Bell tower

Locked Cathedrals and huge shopping centers in Santiago

Winter is fast approaching Santiago and making its presence felt with chilly and mostly cloudy days. Everywhere people wrapped up in scarves and coats are enjoying the last autumn days by strolling along the tree lined streets of Santiago. Strolling down Providencia street filled with little café’s and restaurants the contrast between old and new architecture becomes quite striking. Here Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady … Continue reading Locked Cathedrals and huge shopping centers in Santiago

The Autumn coloured tree lined paths of Park Quinta Nornal

Travel theme: Peaceful Park Quinta Normal of Santiago

The perfect place for me relax to be peaceful is when I am surrounded by nature and its beauty. This week’s travel theme from Ailsa is peaceful. Sunday afternoon I found myself walking through park Quinta Normal and its many tree lined paths. This was definitely one of my favourite peaceful moments so far on my travels through Chile.  This park houses four of Santiago’s … Continue reading Travel theme: Peaceful Park Quinta Normal of Santiago

Having a crepe filled with Manjar up in the beautiful Andes

10 Ways I tasted my way through Santiago and experienced the Chilean culture

I love trying out the different dishes and drinks that each country has to offer. You learn so much about the culture of a country through their food and drinks. I think the one drink that Chile is really famous for is that they produce great quality wine. The wine in Chile is quite affordable and I learned that even a cheap bottle can taste … Continue reading 10 Ways I tasted my way through Santiago and experienced the Chilean culture

Love the striking builing that houses the museum of memory

Santiago’s Museum of Memory and Human Rights

The best way to spend a rainy day in Santiago is by visiting one of its many museums that are dotted all over the city. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a chilean museum dedicated to commemorate the victims of Human Rights violations during the Military Regime that took place  between 1973 and 1990. I thought this would be the ideal place to … Continue reading Santiago’s Museum of Memory and Human Rights

Here you can see the Gran Torre Santiago, the tallest building in South-America

Exploring the Botanical parks of San Cristobel Hill in Santiago

I have been working and living in Santiago for nearly 3 weeks now and have found it quite a peaceful place to be. Unfortunately I have been working late into the evening during the week so haven’t actually gotten to explore the city that much. Last weekend we had a lovely sunny Saturday, perfect for spending the day outside exploring the parks that are situated on … Continue reading Exploring the Botanical parks of San Cristobel Hill in Santiago

Most of the clubs and pubs in Santiago have colourful walls and entrances

Five things that nobody warned me about when I moved to Santiago.

There are some things that I definitely wish that people would have warned me about when I moved to Chile. I had read a lot about Chile and its culture and people before arriving and thought that I was quite prepared for what was to come. But within the first week I realized that I was quite ill prepared for the little custom differences. Some … Continue reading Five things that nobody warned me about when I moved to Santiago.

Park Balmaceda where I sat reading this afternoon

Travel theme: Pathways through Santiago, Chile

Santiago has beautiful graffiti covered streets but walking along the river and through the pathways of its many parks has also been a beautiful experience. These are some of the paths that I have traveled down during my stay in Santiago. For Ailsa’s travel theme of pathways I will share my favourite Santiago park pathways.  Park De Las Esculturas is right next to the Mapocho River and filled with trees … Continue reading Travel theme: Pathways through Santiago, Chile

I am peeking into the photo and a bit lost as the beautiful city of Santiago becomes the focus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Santiago In the Background

In the Background is the weekly photo challenge: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Santiago In the Background

Snow capped Andes and the tallest building in South America!

San Christobel hill offers beautiful views of smog covered Santiago

Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in central Santiago, Chile and you can see it most parts of the city. My hostel is just a block away from the hill. Weekends there are loads of people riding their bicycles or walking up this hill.  It rises about 300 m above the rest of Santiago and is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca. … Continue reading San Christobel hill offers beautiful views of smog covered Santiago

Since 2000, the neighborhood has experienced a big art revival

Graffiti filled streets of Barrio Brasil in Santiago

My first two weeks in Santiago I spent a lot of time walking around different neighbourhoods in search of an apartment. This is my first time in Santiago so I really don’t know what to expect from the different neighbourhoods and have loads of fun exploring them. Barrio Brasil is a neighborhood of Santiago, Chile, located to the west of the city center and is known for its … Continue reading Graffiti filled streets of Barrio Brasil in Santiago

The guards in front of the Palacio de La Moneda

Santiago, deserted and closed on Labour Day and eating weird burgers

I arrived in Santiago, Chile 2 days before the Labour Day holiday. I haven’t had a chance to explore the city before then and what I found scared me a bit. As I walked through the deserted streets it felt like I was walking through a ghost town! All the shops were closed and there were nearly no people out on the streets. The first … Continue reading Santiago, deserted and closed on Labour Day and eating weird burgers