santiago chile

Bienvenido a Santiago, Chile [YQrtw Day 82 Jun 28]

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location: Santiago, Chile

[This post was delayed by a day because of travelling and feasting.]
Welcome to Santiago
Welcome to Santiago

Finally, I am leaving Buenos Aires. I have been in Argentina for more than 3 weeks which is about 1 week too long. I blame it on my US visa application but I should be thankful that the application was successful.

However, thanks to Buenos Aires and Argentina, I’ve met quite a few exciting people. Like me, they’ve decided to take time off from “real life” and travel/ live abroad for an extended period of time. I feel less strange.

My plane to Santiago was leaving at 11:25am and I booked a 8:10am shuttle. This meant that I had to wake up at 7:00am and skip breakfast.

While waiting for the shuttle, I managed to lose my shuttle booking voucher. (I later found it in my pocket.) When the driver asked for the voucher, I had to pretend that I left it in the hostel.

Throughout the drive to the airport, the driver was twitching. Not listening-to-music twitch but a jumpy shoulder. I was afraid he might lose control and run into something.

Luckily, we arrived in one piece.

At the airport, I found the Overexposed Model in one of the ads. For those who don’t know me in real life, I have been “curating” a tumblr called The Overexposed Model which features a stock image model on many  different ads.

I groaned loudly when I saw the ad. It’s not really that exciting seeing her on advertisements now. It’s more like a crazy nightmare.

Overexposed Model in Argentina
Overexposed Model in Argentina

Sky Airlines flight

Let’s head to my Sky Airlines flight. The plane was a small vehicle with three seats on both sides. I had the aisle seat as well as a lumpy seat.

The meal was horrible, one of those that give plane food a bad name.

Sky Airline food
Sky Airline food

They didn’t even have coffee or tea. Gasp. Thank goodness the flight was only 2 hours.

The plane seemed to take forever to land in Santiago airport. The clouds were really thick and the plane was flying around for a long time before it landed.

I took a shuttle bus (5,000 peso) to my hostel. The bus waited for a while for enough passengers before heading to town.

Along the way, I saw some beautiful green mountains. It was emerald green with a few trees lined up on its side. I’m liking the city.

Japanese lunch

Izakaya Yoko in Santiago, Chile
Izakaya Yoko in Santiago, Chile

After checking into my 6-person dorm, I headed out for Japanese. Sky Airline’s inflight magazine recommended a Japanese restaurant in Santiago that was just down the road from my hostel.

The place had two floors. I went to the second floor since the first floor was full.

I almost had a heart attack when I saw what the other customers were doing. They were drinking espressos, after a Japanese meal!

After getting over the shock, I ordered the set meal. It wasn’t until everything arrived that I knew what it was: Fish tempura with chicken in soy sauce.

The meal was delicious but the green tea was horrid. There’s something bad about Santiago’s tap water. It’s foul.

After lunch, I took a long siesta, something I needed badly.

Peruvian dinner and drinks

For dinner, I went out with Xiao Li who I “met” on Twitter. She has been in Santiago for a while and has been teaching entrepreneurship. I feel highly underachieved compared to her.

Xiao Li and her boyfriend, M, brought me to a Peruvian restaurant where I had my first pisco sour. I am in love with Pisco Sour.

This is obviously not Pisco Sour.
This is obviously not Pisco Sour but it is delicious.

Despite being on the same longtitude as Buenos Aires, Santiago is very very cold. I suspect it’s because it’s in a valley.

The night’s temperature dropped to about 7 degrees C. That is bloody cold. Luckily there’s a heater in my room so I didn’t freeze during the night.

Would you like to come to Santiago?

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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