A perfect day in Santiago… tennis with the locals (super fun old guys with all the shots in the book!) at the 100+ year old tennis club, followed by fresh lemonade, coffee, and pastel del choclo – a local favorite – corn pie, then back to our hotel for a siesta!
Wake up to birds chirping, the distant sound of a concert in the park below our balcony, the ice cream man’s bellow – which sounds like Hello-Hello, but is actually “helado, helado”. Next on our busy schedule – time to hit a cafe for “onces” (elevenses) which makes no sense, since here in Santiago, they take their “once” between 6-8pm, sort of a warm up for the night out – coffee and sweets, before wine and dinner – I love this city!
After fortifying ourselves, we decided to climb up to the castle/park on the hill. Love is in full bloom in the parks of Santiago – couples laze around for hours tenderly caressing and making out – public display of affection is everywhere – I’m all for it!
Another thing I am enjoying – the street musicians. I think the best I have ever seen are here in Santiago. We have heard classical guitar, violin, opera, and at one point – a flutist playing Eine Kleine Nacht Music, while from the other direction, a sax putting out some mean blues.
For cocktails and snacks, we found “Bar the Clinic”, named after the local socialist newspaper, with drinks named after famous rebels, and walls decorated with political cartoons, that we really wished we could understand!
My drink was named after some guerrilla group that fought to get rid of Pinochet. It was pisco, with limon, fresa (strawberry) and aji’! (chili peppers!) Buenos Noches!