It was another day in Santiago and with really nothing interesting to do or see since I saw all of it (or most of it), I knew that it was time to get out of the city to see something else new. So, along with 2 other fellow travelers who joined up with this Intrepid trip, we took the subway to go to the city’s bus station where we wanted to go to Valparaíso which is a city about a 1 ½ hour drive north of Santiago. Of course, in order to purchase a bus ticket required speaking Spanish so in the best way possible, I explained to the clerk that the three of us wanted a round-trip bus ticket. Somehow, I was able to get my intentions clearly to the clerk who issued us one-way ticket there and an open ticket back meaning we could go back at any time.
And why did I go to Valparaíso? Well, first of all to go someplace new and different. I could easily see by walking around that Valparaiso was partly a tourist city but more of an industrial city that was used for its seaport operations as well as provide a home to the Chilean navy and coast guard. The great part about this city was taking a stroll and observing the ocean side with its boats, piers, and marine animals while looking at the nearby mountains full of colorful buildings that made the city very interesting. The good thing was that there some sun and it was not too cloudy or smoggy like back in Santiago. Besides, this city had re-construction done in the past few years after that massive earthquake. Better see what it looked like now.
This city gave off a colonial charm to it as well with its colorful buildings and style.
At lunchtime, I was approached by some lady doing some advertising for some restaurant and knowing that Chile is great at doing seafood, I decided why not? So I took a flyer and walked with my traveling companions to the restaurant. While I was gazing at the menu, one thing came up that I wanted to try after seeing someone else eating it which was pastel de jaiba. It’s basically a crab cake that was like a soup but creamy with cheese on top; the crab meat however had no flavor to it but it was more like fluffy white chewy meat, warm and filling at the same time.
That pastel de jaiba was really good but however, walking out on the street I could easily spot bums on the street almost spoiling my stomach with their wretched stench. There were a lot of them out there!
But after dodging the bums, it was back to enjoying the sights.
After going back to Santiago on the open return ticket, we met up with the rest of the crew to relax a little bit since the next part of this trip was to go to Pucon, our next destination which was further south in Chile. The only issue I had with this trip was that it was another overnight bus trip. Oh well, that’s how we travel and go on with our traveling lives.
Next stop: Pucón.