|Arrived Santiago around 7pm and in a hotel our room quite large with 4 beds and only Di G and me to share. I liked Santiago very much easy to get around and lots of different areas in which to walk. Did a city walking tour with a very personable young man just wish I could remember his name. it was Franco! Santiago is dog central... street dogs roam everywhere and will sometimes attach themselves to you for a while. They are all pretty healthy looking and not at all vicious. Apparently no one owns the Santiago dogs but all own them and it is not uncommon to see people with bags of dog food feeding them. The police also care for them and can be seen occasionally washing them. In the winter most are given coats to wear often hand me downs from owned dogs. Took the funicular up to Saint Cristobel for the view but the smog really spoils it. When our tour ended Ann and I invited another tourist to join us and the three of us headed to the fish market then onto dinner. Terry was quite interesting a dairy farmer from Oregon who had travelled extensively and was heading to Easter Island the next morning. Went to the main plaza later and sat and listened to an aerobic, thing, trying to encourage young people to be more active - sound familiar? Had a homeless man very smelly take the food off my plate. I´d finished thank goodness and the waiter came out and wrestled him for it it would have been funny if it wasn't so sad. The old man fell I think by the way he did it is a common occurrence and he just lay there for ages. I could smell him from my table so eventually I left. Our truck Yana, had been having a few problems with the electronic brakes so was put into Mercedes for repairs. Unfortunately it was not going to be ready for us to leave - fortunately Mamasita was also in town and heading in the same direction. Three of our people were staying off the truck for a few days and Mamasita only had 7 passengers so we were all able to fit on her -a big of a squeeze and some luggage had to be left behind but we expected Yana to join us a day later....