It was 90 degrees Fahrenheit on the day we arrived. The weather is just like summer in Florida minus the humidity. To get to know the city, we walked to centro, the oldest part of the city after checking into our apartment. Our first stop was at St. Lucia station in a simple empanada shop. Here are photos of the store and Chilean famous empanada de pino filled with half a hard-boiled egg, olives, beef and onions.
Each empanada costs 900 pesos (about US$2).
Renting an apartment in the heart of town has its advantages. We cook and eat most of our breakfasts and dinners in the apartment. The local supermarkets are only one block away. Coming from the United States with huge supermarkets and a variety of fruits and vegetables, we were quite surprised with the limited selection of fruits and vegetables in Santiago.
0.5 kg bananas
0.8 kg chicken breast
Two 5-liter water
0.3 kg of Chorrillana (prepared food)
Honey (about 500 g)
4 Rolls of toilet paper
500 g instant oatmeal
2 bags of frozen green beans (about one pound each)
500 g fresh bread
2 Bartlett pears
These are views from our rooms and living room. One of the greatest things about this apartment is the view. We get views of Cerro San Cristobal, Andes Mountains and the city:
At the base of the mountain is the Zoologico Nacional and vendors selling stuffed animals made in China.
A short walk from Cerro San Cristobal is Plaza Bellavista, a center filled with live music, entertainment, shopping and restaurants. Seeing a local couple eating delicious appetizers as we were passing along one of the restaurants, we ordered the same thing and soon discovered it was called Tabla Chilombiana. Served at La Casa en el Aire in Plaza Bellavista:
For dinner we bought a Chilean reineta fish for 5,000 pesos (about US$11). They cleaned and filleted the fish too.
It is easy to walk around Santiago. Within 24 hours we have discovered quite a lot about our first destination in our 18 months around the world trip. Check out my next blog post on our first home away from home for the first week.
Please let me know what you would like to read about Chile. We will be here for a month before going to Argentina. Would love to hear from you. Drop us a comment below.