For some reason my flights home from Chile had been booked one day later than the rest of the Dakine team’s. I didn’t mind taking another day off school and it gave me another chance to check out more of Santiago. Louif and David (our guide from PowderQuest) also had a couple more days to kill, so I wasn’t completely on my own.
I spent the morning lazing in my fancy hotel, feasting on tiny pastries and indulging in multiple cups of coffee. Finally, I willed myself to snap out of princess mode. I got up and at’em and took to the streets. A short walk from the hotel was the Santiago metro. I jumped a train and headed into the bohemian zone of Bella Vista.
This area reminded me a lot of Brunswick in Melbourne. Old terrace houses painted bright colours, vines hanging from roofs and streets lined with busy bars and restaurants. I roamed up and down, walking aimlessly around taking photos of whatever seemed beautiful.
After a couple hours of wondering on my own I met up with Louif and David at the bottom of the funicular. This took us up to Santo Christo hill. From this viewpoint you could see all of Santiago.
We finished our touristy day with a delicious dinner at one of David’s favourite restaurants. I had brought my bags along with me, so from here I bid the boys adieu, jumped into a cab and drove directly to the airport. I had a 15 hour journey ahead of me, during which I had time to reflect on what an amazing trip I had just experienced. Big thanks to Dakine for bring me along!