As we journeyed through the Galapagos and headed back to mainland Ecuador, along the way we said goodbye to half our group of eight, affectionately named the Ambiguity 2.0. The remaining four of us (another Ambiguititi, I suppose, to borrow more idiotic made-up jargon from our Africa trip) ventured on to Santiago de Chile in search of fine wine and some fun.
We found both. But I’m not going to bore you with recaps of winery visits, or try to make a whole story out of us stupidly walking up a stark, dusty, broiling hot trail to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal, instead of taking the funicular. (To be fair, the wait for the funicular was a mile long. Which is why we also, equally stupidly, trudged back down that blistering hill.)
Instead, allow me to introduce you to a few of the faces of Chile’s capital city. Santiago is home to 7 million peeps, so there are plenty of faces to be seen. But besides the ones made of flesh and bone, Santiago is also densely populated by colorful graffiti characters in Bellavista, kitschy pop-art countenances in Lastarria, and of course plenty of statues and monuments throughout the city.
So pull up a chair and join me for a cerveza (you can’t drink wine all the time…or can you?) while I present a brief tour of some of the more interesting faces of Santiago.