Sunday in Santiago

posted Mar 23, 2011, 5:42 AM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Mar 24, 2011, 5:07 AM ]
Well if you are ever in Santiago on a Sunday then do not plan to do too much except maybe go to church.  The place is like a ghost town in the morning.  We ventured out at about 11am and there were few people on the streets.  We made our way to the Museum of Art, we were expecting more classics but it was all contemporary.  The art was weird crap if you like that sort of thing.  The building however was absolutely stunning with a glass curved roof and beautiful inlaid wooden floors of differing colors and beautiful statue pillars and stairwells.
It was obviously a very old building which used to be something very important for sure.  We hung around for a bit and then walked along a parkway that follows the empty overflow canal and saw quite a few more stray dogs and homeless people.  We wanted to go to another market or Mercado but the area was starting to look a bit sketchy and we did not want another repeat of being attacked by a thief so we wondered back home.  Along the way every store was closed and every restaurant as well.  The city is not really tourist friendly on Sundays to say the least. We decided to go to the pool and hang out because it was very hot and our last afternoon together.  All of my sisters have to go back to the snow and cold so they were more than happy to get into their swim suits.  When we were up on the roof terrace of the 22 floor building we were privy to an air show first by fighter jets and then 6 stunt planes.  That kept us busy for an hour watching.  We could also see the snow capped mountains of the Andes in the distance but the smog was blurring them out pretty good and pictures of the mountains were not clear enough to see by camera.  We had heard that President Obama was coming to Santiago tomorrow and we were wondering if the fighter jets were American and not Chilean.  Security gets really beefed up when the President comes to town.  We were also wondering if the airport tomorrow was going to be a nightmare gong show with security measures due to Obama coming to town?
We went for our last vacation supper with the sisters and we chose a place outdoors of course.  Many restaurants were closed but we found one and sat down.  There are many smokers in Chile so we were accosted by their poisonous fumes on a constant basis.  My meal was delicious and so was everyone else’s.  I had a nice Chilean White wine and Michelle tried a Pisco Sour which is the drink of the Chileans.  It is a strange Chilean fruit liqueur that is 43% and then it is mixed with lemon juice.  It smells like a Margarita and kind of tastes like one too.  Michelle was a bit looped after one so she switched to wine.  I wanted to buy some of this liqueur in the duty free in Santiago but I could not because I was not sure if we would have to go through security in Bogotá, Columbia on our flight tomorrow so I did not buy it.  It was too bad because a mickey sized bottle of Pisco Sour was only about 4 dollars. 
We went home sated and started to pack our stuff up.  We said our goodbyes to the sisters and tried to get to bed early for the 4:30 am wake up call.  I will really miss my sisters because we have so much fun together, I am so glad that they came to South America to explore with us.  We saw allot and did allot.  Safe flight home to Canada girls, love you.

Santiago, Chile