100th Post! Peoria Tech Blog Special from Santiago
In honor of this, my 100th blog post, I travelled to Santiago. Ha ha, just kidding; I’m here with Joel because my brother’s flying in tomorrow, Joel is off school this week, and we haven’t really spent any time in the city. So today we did, a little
Best Laid Plans
And as usual our plans were partly foiled but we rolled with it. Staying at an older, kind of nice and funky hotel in the Lastarria district right across the street from Cerro Castillo Hidalgo. Room with a view if the park, which actually just means it will be noisier, which we’re used to anyway. Didn’t take a picture earlier, so here’s a dusk shot through the old ironwork outside the window.
The Zoo … Or Not
We’re a relatively short walk from a large park that includes a zoo, so we figured we’d go there after lunch (and more importantly after getting the wifi password). There’s also a park that runs along the “river” that we went through for a couple of blocks before crossing over.
We crossed the river and were in the also trendy Barrio Bellavista, but the street we were on seemed to be college bar row, perhaps because we were next to the University of Chile. Still, some good street art; these were all in a row.
We got to the park and zoo; there’s also a funicular you can ride to the top of the very tall hill/small mountain in the park. We were going to go half way up to the zoo, but the zoo was closed. So we went all the way up.
Here are some views from the top. It had gotten overcast and as you can see in some if the shots there’s plenty of pollution, so some fancy filter work was called for in some shots. As you can see, we were pretty high up and Santiago is a large city, about 1/3 of the population of the country lives here. You can also see how thrilled Joel was to ride up and why I’d kill for his multicolored eyes.