December 15th, 2005 – by: clearviews
Santa Lucia sculptures
After a few days in Valapraiso we return to our Hostal. This time we find the fish markets which are safer for tourists than the one in Valparaiso. I try some scallops with parmesan...superb. Beware the restaurant 'enticer', who asks where you come from and always has a relative who works there somewhere! We had planned to take a train to Chillan which is southwards but have been unable to find accomodation on the net and we decide not to just arrive and hope.
Many new people arriving at the hostal which had been rather light on guests at the start of our stay. We have French Canadian, Chinese, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, North American and more Australians.
Stalls in Shopping centre
On the 20th December we have a 6.45am pick up by transfer bus to the airport. We have enjoyed our brief look at Santiago
and Valparaiso and sampling of a little of their culture and cuisene. The fruit, vegetables and wine rate in the top of world class. The lack of public toilets is annoying and then when you do find one it is 'policed' by a door dragon who hands you a few sheets of toilet paper. It is clearly expected that one has to tip said 'door dragon' and I beleive that this results in locals who are very poor, urinating on the streets, in parks and up against trees. The stray dog problem needs to be addressed and legislation brought in to impact on dog refuse. More police to make robbery less likely to tourists and locals alike and the tourist industry would boom. Restaurants provide world class meals at third world prices.