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Walked around the city with Jolene. We were told about a park down the street from our hostel. The park was not very impressive, however, next to the park Castle Hidalgo presented something to see for free. I dont know the history behind this castle but it was nice to walk around the grounds and use the castle as a look out point over the city. Unfortunately, it was very smoggy that day, as i hear it is usually very smoggy during the winter months.
Next, we walked down Paseo Ahumada. This street was alive with shoppers, street performers, and tourists. It contains many shops, cafes with seating on the street, and restaurants. We stopped at one of the cafes in Plaza de Armas, which is the square that terminates Paseo Ahumada, and had drinks. Apparently it is difficult to get orange juice in Santiago, but they sure have an abundance of strawberry juice. Every place i ordered orange juice, they told me they didnt have any (even though it was on the menu), but they had strawberry. I have had strawberry juice before and it was too bitter, but Santiago strawberry juice is sweeter and delicious. I think that is enough talk about juice though.
To save a little money, i shopped at the grocery store near the hostel and cooked the remainder of my meals. Also, i tried a couple of nights to go out and drink, but some things came up and i didnt make it anywhere.