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On the recommendation of Marilu, our B&B host, we took the bus (a 326 or 327 takes you there) to the Pueblito Los Dominicos, which is a large craft market next to a church. The nice thing with this is that it is a fixed location and all of the “stalls” are little buildings where the people actually work and make the items – carving, sculpting, painting, welding etc. As such it is the best craft market that I have been to and has a lot of really good stuff – not the normal tourist crap. It is also nice to see the artists in action making the items.
We found one really cool one which is a guy who makes statues and figures out of recycled materials, like a mask from an old frying pan and lots of figures out of forks and spoons (the old fashioned dinner service type).
From there we took a short bus ride and walked the rest of the way to another market, which was not as good, but still had some interesting stuff. It was a bit more polished and as a result lost the charm of the first place.
From there we took a walk through suburbia around the place. It is quite reminiscent of South Africa in that there are a number of large properties as well as blocks, lots of security complexes and all ground floors have burglar bars. Some beautiful properties though.
We walked north to the river, crossed that and the highway and then realised that we had a really long way to walk back. This included a section of about 1km walking on the side of the highway itself. Lots of fun and joy was had by all, but we managed to get to the next highway offramp and cross (walking across the highway – 6 lanes each way, was never an option).
By now of course it was time for people to leave work so we had the experience of rush hour in a bus. Oh how we miss London now…..
Back in Providencia we went to a really vibey spot for dinner, called Liguria. Not sure what it means, but Ligar means to “chat up”, so that could be a really good name for a pub. The place was packed and really pumping when we got there around 7:30 and we had an excellent meal. Kat had a crab bake (complete with a couple of claws) and I had steak which had been slow cooked for 5 hours with tomato and mushroom on spaghetti. On the waiter’s recommendation we went for the Santa Ema Carmenere wine, which proved to be a very nice choice and went well with the food too. Definitely a place I would recommend.
Also managed to sample a couple more beers in the last few days, Royal Medal and Kunstmann Miel. The first is an unexceptional, but not bad lager. The second is a honey ale. Quite interesting, a bit sweet, but nice for a change. Not something to spend the evening on though.