Last weekend, Mel, Maddy and I decided to visit Santiago. The main reason for our visit was to run a 5k on Sunday, but we decided to go for the entire weekend since we had only been to Santiago for one day with UVM and the tour had been pretty lame.
It was a very last minute trip. We booked the hostel and registered for the race Monday night. Friday morning we headed to the bus terminal. We had agreed to meet at 10:30. However, my clock was somehow an hour early, so I arrived around 9:45, thinking I was late. Nevertheless, Maddy and Mel soon arrived and we purchased two way tickets, which only cost a little under ten dollars and boarded a bus that was leaving at 10:30 and we were on are way.
Once we arrived we hopped on the Santiago metro, which we would come to know very well during our short visit and headed to the hostel. We had each received an email from the hostel saying it was two blocks from the metro station Salvador. Unfortunately, we had all forgotten to bring the address of the hostel with us and we didn’t have a map…so we decided to ask another hostel if they knew were are hostel was. Luckily they did and we were soon settled and grabbed a quick lunch at the cafe located within the hostel and then headed to the aquarium.
We had found out about the aquarium in my guidebook and were all extremely excited to go. The aquarium was located inside an interactive museum, which also sounded fun, but we were much more interested in the aquarium. So we hopped back on the Santiago metro. Once we got off though, we had no idea where to go. However we spotted a collective and were simply going to ask him for directions, but it was only a dollar each to get there so we piled in and in less than five minutes arrived at the aquarium.
We were utterly disappointed to discover the aquarium no longer existed. We decided not to go to the interactive museum, but instead we headed to El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos which is about Chile’s dictatorship. Unfortunately, it was just closing when we arrived.
After that we walked around Bellavista for a bit and then we found this wonderful farmer’s market selling all sorts of arts and crafts. There were even free samples! There were a bunch of really cool stands and we found whole wheat vegetarian empanadas! So of course we had to try them and they were the best things ever. Instead of baking cookies, we decided to make these from now on.