Friday, November 18, 2011
Santiago: Top Of The List You Go
Putting things into perspective Chile ha been through the grind of wars, repression, corruption, and all the good things that go along with it. Pinocette was as crazy a dictator that there ever was and that list is long. However Chile has brilliant Naval History and during the War of the Pacific they kicked Boliva and Peru's collective butts. That kind of history builds character.
I have spent that last few days jumping on the Metro and going to different neighbourhoods. I went to the end of the Red Line to San Pablo and found a great market. While wandering the market I noticed I was getting more than my share of strange looks. A bit weird but no worries. Then I stopped to buy socks (yuppers socks at an outdoor market) I got talking to the woman behind the counter. She asked if I was a student or working in Santiago and as the conversation went along and I told her I was visiting Santiago and riding the Metro to different neighbourhoods she smiled and said that they dont see many tourists in the market (hence all the looks). The she gave me an apple and told me to enjoy the market, it was safe.
I have been on mass transit in various big cities around the world. Santiago has it figured out in a very big way. Well done Santiago, you are now at the top of my list.