Santiago has introduced me to the world of beautiful street art

Goodbye graffiti filled Santiago!

I found myself in Chile, living in a beautiful city and with a lovely job that I really enjoyed but there was something wrong. As I walked through this beautiful city it felt like I should be somewhere else.   I realized that unfortunately my heart wasn’t in it anymore. I usually see my adjustment in foreign countries as an adventure but this time a … Continue reading Goodbye graffiti filled Santiago!

Santiago!!

Seeing live Condors was the highlight of visiting Santiago Zoo

The Chilean National Zoo in Santiago is located at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill in what is known as the Santiago Metropolitan Park. It was just around the corner from my hostel and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday morning.  The zoo is quite small but is home to thousands of animals covering up to 158 native and exotic species.   I caught the funicular half way … Continue reading Seeing live Condors was the highlight of visiting Santiago Zoo

The house is hidden away on a little quiet side street leading off Constitución.

The eclectic and alluring La Chascona, house of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Nevruda

Personally I think that the poet Pablo Nevruda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 is Chile’s Salvador Dali for his love of art and eccentricity. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language. Pablo lived a very interesting life always traveling around and when in Chile he wasn’t content to live in a “normal” house. … Continue reading The eclectic and alluring La Chascona, house of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Nevruda

The Beautiful Streets of Santiago

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

  The Weekly Photo Challenge is The world through your eyes. My whole blog is about how I see and experience the world as I travel through it.  At the moment my world is Santiago with its tree lined and graffiti filled streets. I think this piece of street art depicts my experience of this city.  This is how I spend a lot of time … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

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.

A lot of the graffiti is really beautiful!

Graffiti / Street Art fill the streets of Santiago, Chile

Chile has long been the center for radical propaganda painting. As early as 1940 leading Mexican and Chilean artists were painting murals in Chile. Now, Latin American street art is as innovative as any in the world and Chile plays a really big part in this.  I was amazed by the amount and quality of graffiti that covered the walls of Santiago. I spent hours … Continue reading Graffiti / Street Art fill the streets of Santiago, Chile

Pattio Bellavista is filled with shops and restaurants

Along the Mapocho River and through the streets of Santiago, Chile

While living and working in Santiago I walked to and from work a lot. This gave me the opportunity to get to know Santiago and its tree lined streets. This is the route I walked daily from my hostel to work in the afternoons.   Plaza Camilo Mori is in the heart of the bohemian neighbourhood and just around the corner of my hostel. It … Continue reading Along the Mapocho River and through the streets of Santiago, Chile

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Parades, Cathedrals and “Coffee with Legs” in Santiago

Public holidays are synonymous with parades in most countries. The 21st of May was a public holiday in Chile, Navy Day to Commemorates the Battle of Iquique. The Battle of Iquique was a confrontation that occurred on May 21, 1879, during the naval stage of the War of the Pacific, a conflict between Chile and Peru and Bolivia. The battle took place off the then-Peruvian port of Iquique. The Peruvian ironclad ship named Huáscar sank the Esmeralda, a … Continue reading Parades, Cathedrals and “Coffee with Legs” in Santiago

According to the artist this color shift emphasizes the perception of roundness of the structure

Art Museums and Shirt Exhibitions in Santiago

The Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen is presenting two exhibitions in two different venues in Santiago. My first encounter with her art was seeing “Traces”, featured on one of the staircases at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Here through the display of garments discarded by anonymous people, she redefines this space. “Traces” consists of more than eight hundred and fifty second-hand men’s jackets which … Continue reading Art Museums and Shirt Exhibitions in Santiago

La Piojera one of the largest traditional pub restaurants in Santiago

Browsing through fresh food Markets and drinking my first “Earthquake”

I think that you learn a lot about a country and its culture through its food and local drinks. The best place to actually “experience” the food of a different country is definitely at its markets. Visiting different fresh food markets is definitely one of my favourite things to do when visiting a new country. Santiago has a couple of interesting product markets that are … Continue reading Browsing through fresh food Markets and drinking my first “Earthquake”

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

A pity Santiago is covered in smog during winter

Walking through the ghost town that is Santiago before 10am

The streets of Santiago are quiet and deserted before 10am on a weekend and even more so on a public holiday. It felt like I was walking through a ghost town as I walked from Bellavista to Santa Lucía Hill in the center of the city.   I walked through Parque Forestal next to the Mapocho River. The park was created on reclaimed land from the Mapocho River and … Continue reading Walking through the ghost town that is Santiago before 10am

These whole neighbourhood is filled with beautiful art

Exploring the graffiti covered streets of Santiago, Chile where I have just moved to!!

I am planning on working and staying in Chile for a while and made the move to Santiago two weeks ago. I booked myself into a hostel, La Chimba right in the center of the city. La Chimba hostel lies in the heart of the Bellavista district surrounded by universities and small restaurants and pubs. It’s a good point to explore the city from and its located … Continue reading Exploring the graffiti covered streets of Santiago, Chile where I have just moved to!!