The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Dinner At Galindo Restaurant In Barrio Bellavista With Canadians Franz, Caroline, Cathy,...

Palacio De La Moneda, Santiago's Presidential Offices

Central Santiago

Statue Of The Virgin Mary Atop Cerro San Cristobal

View Of Santiago's Smog And The Andes From Cerro Santa Lucia Park...

People Watching In Plaza De Armas, Central Santiago

Chess Players, Plaza De Armas

Happy Christmas! From Santiago


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2006. SANTIAGO, CHILE. I am presently in Santiago, Chile's large metropolitan capital. My plans are to spend a few days here and make arrangements for my next destination, probably Bolivia.

Last night, I met up with Steven and Franz, and Cathy and Caroline (two French Canadians from Franz's hostel dorm) for dinner and drinks in Barrio Bellavista, Santiago's bohemian neighborhood known for its restaurants.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2006. SANTIAGO, CHILE. Having recently been to the southern most city in the world (Ushuaia, Argentina), I am now headed tomorrow to La Paz, Bolivia, which, at 3660 meters, is the highest capital city in the world. I'm taking the risk of getting altitude sickness by flying straight in, but for me it's preferable than spending several days on a bus.



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