Chile: First Impressions

Living life out of a bag began again a little over a week ago. In the lead up to a trip, I always get over-excited only to come crashing back to earth when I arrive and remember that I don’t speak the language and have no idea where I am going.

After a gruelling flight from Sydney, we arrived in Santiago. Within the first half a day, I had managed to get myself ripped off by a taxi driver and harassed by not one but two aggressive homeless men for change. My well rehearsed explanation that I don’t speak Spanish seems to be treated with suspicion as one of the homeless men pointed out that with my dark eyes and hair, I do indeed look Spanish. Homeless man-1, Louie-0.

After overcoming these confrontations, my time in Santiago and down the coast from the capital have been really enjoyable. We visited the coastal town of Pichilemu- home of the famous Punta de Lobos surf break. While I did manage to get in a surf at this spot with its cactus lined cliffs, I also discovered what could possibly be world-famous Empanadas at a little store simply named Casa de Empanadas (House of Empanadas). For a couple of bucks, I was given an Empanada that required two hands to hold. Once I had bitten into the casing, the steaming beef, cheese and onion was enough to warm anyone up on a cold Chilean night.

Besides meandering through the city and taking a lot of photos, I struggle to pinpoint any major achievements of this first week away from home. That will all change next week though when we embark on a month-long overland trip from Santiago through Patagonia to the very southern most tip of South America. But until then, I hope you enjoy some of the photos from my time in Chile so far.

Safe travels.

Abandoned fire truck
Abandoned fire truck.
The artistic quarter of Lastarria in Santiago.
The artistic quarter of Lastarria in Santiago.
Sunsets at Pichilemu are something special.
Sunsets at Pichilemu are something special.
Chileans are a proud people as shown with a flag on every corner.
Chileans are a proud people as shown with a flag on every corner.
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