Hello from Chile :) It feels like I’ve been imagining that opening for a long time. And we’re here. And it’s lovely :)
So… thus far:
I was surprised that leaving Berlin Wednesday evening felt a little like leaving home…
Certainly it will take a while for me to figure out how I fit into life in Germany, but at the very least, I’m excited about knowing that we’re returning, together, to a place that feels like ours :)
Easy flights; our only hiccup was a connection through Madrid that was punctuated by a panicked sprint through the terminal, only to find that it was the other flight to Santiago that had issued a final call. So, crisis averted, and at least we got our cardio in for the day :) Plus, we got to wake up to this:
Chile! Yay! We arrived Thursday morning to beautiful blue skies and definitive tank-top weather. Since we’ve recently learned that we have quite awhile before our precious cargo arrives (sensitive subject right now – more on that later) we figured we’d take the cheap and slow route into the city. So we grabbed a bus and took our time meandering our way through downtown Santiago.
We made our way to our Airbnb rental – an easy little apartment in the middle of Santiago, with a great location between the Bellas Artes and Lastarria neighborhoods, where we were really happy to see lots of cute cafes, bars, and fun activity.
After grabbing lunch, we wandered a few blocks to the Museo de Bellas Artes. Some very cool classical Chilean works, plus a pile of clothes as the installation in the main hall… it looked like a teenagers bedroom. Art. Confusing.
For dinner we headed to Lastarria in search of an authentic, hispter Santaigo experience. Personally, I loved the purple Jacaranda trees lining the streets – reminded me of home in Santa Barbara. Wolf was disappointed, while I was secretly overjoyed, that the waiter spoke to us only in English. Great little tourist trap :) We enjoyed a beautiful evening, sitting outside in shorts, sampling flights of Chilean wine… first day success!