01.04.2012 - 05.04.2012 20 °C
After a fairly slow and relaxing few days in Valparaiso, we arrived in Santiago early in the morning. Over a third of Chile's inhabitants live in Santiago, and they like to say that "God is everywhere, but his office is in Santiago".
Like so many other backpackers we had invested in Lollapalooza tickets, a music festival that travels the world.
People had come from just about everywhere to see the show, therefore it was impossible to find accommodation and we had to arrive in Santiago the same day as the show.
There were many great artists on the program, our favourites were Foster the People, Friendly Fires, MGMT and of course Foo Fighters
This was going to be Foo Fighters first concert in Chile ever, and we weren't the only ones excited to see them
The concert lasted for almost 3 hours (!!) and was most definitely the best concert either of us have ever been to. Dave Grohl is an amazing preformer, and the band is just as awesome. By far worth breaking our budget to get the tickets!
After finally managing to get on the subway home after the concert was over, we went food hunting and after that headed to bed, it had been a long day.
The following day we had a slow morning, and didn't really do much until it was bar time, with one exception. You cannot go to Chile without trying the ubiquitous completo. A completo is a hot dog in a bun covered in avocado, fried onions, ketchup, mustard and mayo. Perfect hangover food.
A friend of mine that used to live in Santiago had recommended "La Piojera" for the somewhat special drink called "Terremoto". La Piojera is not a typical gringo spot, and you'll find yourself fighting for tables with local drunks, students as well as backpackers.
A Terremoto is white wine mixed with Fernet Branca and pineapple ice cream. I said it was special.
Kenneth said not to have more than four. These are half liter drinks, you shouldn't have more than two.
At the bar we ended up sharing a table with a couple of local girls and a Chilean guy who’d grown up in Canada. His phone rings, they’re heading to friends house for a bbq, and he asks us if we want to come. We figure we’ve got nothing to lose, so went for it.
We were pretty confident with our decision until he puts these shades on while on the subway. Alan from the The Hangover?
Meat shopping. We got both.
Red Bull vs. Quiet Relax Drink
Chileans have a different way of barbequeing. There are no individual pieces of meat on plates intended for one person. The huge piece of meat we bought is slowly roasted, and small pieces are cut off and served as they are ready.
Inevitably we ended up at the bar.
We both woke up with slight hangovers at our less than cool hostel. Luckily it was my birthday and we were splurging on an actual hotel room!
We ended up staying an extra night, it was just too nice to leave!
Earth quakes are common in Chile. Much of Santiago was destroyed by one in 1985.
For dinner we went for Indian food, but as we were still tired after last night we went home early. Plus, we had to enjoy the luxury of the big, clean, air conditioned hotel room.
After two nights at this wonderful hotel we had to get moving. Our next stop would be La Serena, a quiet coastal town further North