I step off the bus and start walking the city streets in search for a place to stay. I am not sure where I will stay, but I do know the area of the city I want to stay in. It does not look too far on the map, so I decided to take a walk. At fist this walk seems normal, but the longer it goes on I start to feel as if something is wrong. It takes me a few minutes to put my finger on what is making me feel this way, but never the less my finger does find what it is looking for. What is abnormal about this walk is that there are not many people walking along the sidewalks around me, along with the fact that almost all of the shops are closed. I start to feel as if I am walking the streets of 28 Days Later, I can eve hear Godspeed You Black Emperor playing in my mind. I start to walk a little faster. The farther away I get from the bus station the more people I start to see. Seeing these people makes me feel a little better, but still for a city this size (around 5.5 million)there should be a lot more people out walking the streets at nine in the morning.
This was my first impression of Santiago Chile. When I did find a place to stay I asked the worker if something was going on today and she told me it was Navy Day. Finding this out made me feel dumb, but hopefully this city will be more fun and less creepy than my first glimpse of it. This in fact was true. The days that followed showed me a lot more of the city and even more of the people that live in the city. Some of the highlights of my time in Santiago was a hike up Cerro San Cristobal, which has a great overlook of the city below. I also walked around the section of town called Bellavista that is known for graffiti and other art. Even more notable than those two attractions is just walkig around the city. There are little parks all over the place and no mater where you are it seems like you can always look to the side and see mountians looking back at you. Here are a few shots from my time in the city.