This weekend I journeyed to Santiago to meet up with some family friends, the Otter family (Dan, Vicki, Danielle, Christian, and Katie), who have been traveling in South America and just arrived in Chile fresh from the Galápagos Islands and Machu Picchu! How cool is that? Here is a glimpse of our weekend in the city and in Casablanca Valley, through the eyes of my iPod:
The bus ride there wasn't pretty at all...sike.
I went on a bus tour of the city! Super-tourist alert!
The Andes capped in snow. Magnificence.
Didn't go inside, but the architecture was lovely.
Translation: Central Market.
Further Translation: Nom.
Gilded bank door. Apropos.
La bandera de Chile.
The student strike in Santiago (more on this in another post).
I don't know what this building is, but I like it.
This goof's name is Dani. She was a bit chilly in Chile (overused pun? Never...).
THIS IS REAL. Special shout-out to Sarah Byerley and the awkward alpaca.
Riding up the funicular up to Cerro San Cristóbal, Santiago's largest park.
View from the top: Sunset.
View from the top: Night.
Fairy lights dotted our walk back to the hotel.
The next day we went to Casablanca Valley (wine country) and found Viña Casas del Bosque, described by Lonely Planet as having "fabulous wines and peaceful surroundings." They were right.
They also had a restaurant.
So we ate lunch. Pictured: Sandwich with pork, caramelized onions, bell peppers, lettuce, and rosemary mayonnaise. Not pictured: cream of pumpkin soup, mini ricotta empanadas, Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2009, chocolate creme brulee, and coffee.
And it was a beautiful day, to boot!