Sunday, July 27th 2003 – Day 159

Sunday, July 27th 2003 – Day 159

I went to bed and stayed there ALL day long. It was the comfort, English movies on TV and the fact I spent the last three nights on buses with little to no sleep. You might drift off for a while but it is never true sleep as one bump on the road to an elbow from your traveling companion will take you. The hotel is the Hotel Alameda, Av. Bernardo O’Higgins 3117. It was 55 Us for three nights of hopeful bliss.

I had a nice shower (towels, great), cut my nails and generally cleaned myself up. I also shaved my head.


Sprawling outwards and sky-scrapering upwards, Chile’s capital, Santiago, is immense. Its central core, however, is manageable and relatively small – a roughly triangular area bounded by the Rio Mapocho on the north. It is a city of grand thoroughfares and plazas, lined with public buildings and churches and circled by parks. The grid town plan imposed by the Spanish, however, is conducive to traffic jams and pollution. The Virgin Mary guards the city from the peak of the 860m (2821ft) Cerro San Crist?bal, part of the Parque Metropolitano recreational area.

The city’s attractions include the colorful Mercado Central, the historical center of Plaza de Armas, the pedestrian mall of Paseo Ahumada (haunt of buskers and peddlers) and the late-colonial and block-filling Palacio de La Moneda – former mint, presidential residence and the site of Allende’s last stand. Santiago has plenty of museums, including the beautifully arranged Pre-Colombian Museum and the Museo de Santiago, which documents the city’s present sprawl with dioramas and reconstructions”

I watched Sweet November. Harry Potter, The Hound of the Baskervilles ,(David Attwood’s 2003 BBC adaptation) featuring Richard E. Grant and Facing the Enemy.

I went out to dinner at 6.30pm and went to a cafe close by for a big lomo pobre (beef, chips, onions, eggs) and a beer for 4100 CP. I browsed the shops around the central station and went on the NET for a while. Its hard to find a NET cafe around this part of the city. Found a nice article on Irish Music..

I also weighted myself. The first figures are from one month ago. It should be noted that I could lose a bit of weight as I am a Guinness drinker of many years. It is not a slim fast type drink 🙂

Saturday, June 28th, 2003 – Weight – 80.64 kg – 177.4 lb – 12.67 stone

Sunday, July 27th 2003 – Weight – 76.70 kg – 168.74 lb (US) – 12.1 stone

I have lost a little weight but I did shave my hair this morning 🙂

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Santiago – Chile (27-07-2003)

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Santiago – Chile – (Palacio de la Moneda (27-07-2003)