Taking it easy in Santiago
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Did my blog and tidied up this morning. Then got on the Turistik bus tour 15.000p AUD33.86; double decker red bus; attendants speak at least two languages, including English and Spanish. Passed through some of the more affluent areas of Santiago. Nearly all houses have high fences. Got off at Parque Arauco, expensive shopping mall with free toilets. The cost of toilets appears to have an inverse relationship to the affluence of the people who use them. Basically a shopping mall like you would find in Oz in more expensive, exclusive areas.
Went to Pablo Neruda’s house; he won Nobel Prize for literature in 1973? and was an important political figure. Entrance fee 3.500p AUD8.10. Sandwich and can of diet Coke 1.400p AUD3.24. You can live a lot more cheaply in S.A. than I am and as you can see, the touristy things are the ones that cost a lot. Very much a two or three tiered society.
Went up funicular to Cerro San Cristobal 1.400p AUD3.24 return. Got back on bus, then went to markets and back through city streets in rush hour 6pm+. Had dinner around the corner again as couldn’t see anything better. Was going to write this blog when I got back but Jose and Luis kept me talking and laughing for a long time, and it was after 11 before I went to bed.