Santiago, Chile

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Okay, so we have to admit, we were a little hesitant about Santiago at first as the people in Peru did not paint the best picture of the country largely due to their historical differences and competitive spirit.  However, we quickly learned what an energetic and modernized city Santiago is. 

Our first meal was at the Patio BellaVista, which is an incredibly lively area!  In particular, where we had dinner, must have featured a square block of thousands more doing the same thing.  Literally restaurant after restaurant, shop after shop, live music, happy hours, everything was rockin.  Leah was so fired up by this that she even knocked over a full glass of wine all over Skyler.  It was a scene out of a movie. 

The following day we went exploring.  Thankfully the Santiago metro system is easy to use (or Leah just makes it look that way) and we were able to catch up with a free walking tour of the city and learned some incredible history.  The tour was full of fun facts.  One of Skyler’s favorites was a small pub they called La Pica that was across from the Opera House.  Apparently it wasn’t making any money and the owner was set to shut it down.  But fortunately for him, former President Bill Clinton happened to be Jonesin’ for a Diet Coke after the show and headed to the pub to quench his thirst.  Not only do they still have that same Diet Coke preserved in a glass case for all to see, but it reenergized the pub and saved his business due to all the hype.  We also learned that almost every 25 years Chile gets hit by a massive earthquake, with the last one being an 8.8.  But the city holds strong and rebuilds quickly and the architecture remains as beautiful as ever.

Lunch that same day was at a super hole-in-the-wall local place called Galindo.  There we shared a traditional Chilean dish that was served in a cast iron pot filled with ground beef, spices, shredded chicken, eggs, raisins, olives and a caramelized layer of corn bread to top it off.  What we could barely finish between the two of us, some kid next to us polished off an entire bowl by himself.  Must be the competitive spirit?

Yearning for more culture, we grabbed a bike tour of the city the next day and saw beloved poet Pablo Neruda’s house, the unique street art and the Vega; think local one stop shop market, bazaar style.  Afterwards Skyler talked Leah into a hike up Santiago’s highest point for a view of the city (because the Inka Trail just wasn’t enough).  Then Leah talked Skyler into watching the Super Bowl.  Doritos, beer and possibly a little local flair they call Papa John’s, we enjoyed a night of American Football… in Spanish.  Oh and did we mention Skyler won his Fantasy Playoff League?!

Deuces Santiago, we love you!

P.S. For those fans of the movie There’s Something About Mary, Skyler tried with fierce abandon to embed the famous scene about Santiago, but sadly no one else thinks it’s worthy enough to post a clip online to share.

Lima, Peru

Here we go, first stop…!

The flight from LA to Lima wasn’t half bad.  Got a little sleep, but not nearly enough as we crashed immediately for half the day.  The search for some food thereafter was an experience in itself before settling on what had to be Lima’s version of Marie Callender’s.  Seeing as how they have a Tony Roma’s and a Pinkberry, maybe we’re not far off?  We have got to say though, the food was outstanding, it just had the ambience of Bingo night.

And it turns out Skyler doesn’t know as much Spanish as self-proclaimed.  Thank goodness for iTranslate.

Quick pit stop at one of the beautiful supermarkets only to find they need mucho identification for breakfast bars, water and wine.  Seriously, what are they going to do with our passport number on a grocery receipt? 

Probably one of the biggest surprises is that sleeping isn’t really a priority here – maybe just on our block?  Perhaps that’s because we experienced polite horn honking.  Barking dogs.  And Latin Opera.  All night

We took an awesome bike ride the next morning.  During our ride, we decided to take a little nap in one of the many gorgeous parks in Miraflores.  Ready for some grub after our rigorous cycle, we were set to belly up at a local restaurant, but low and behold that would be our one and only meal of the day as Skyler lost some coins during said nap in park.  Thankfully it was well worth it as the ceviche mixto, 6 (count ‘em seis) Cusqueñas and steak and fritas at Punta Azul were delicious.  Cusqueña has been flowing as it’s practically cheaper than water.

The sun is gnarly here!  Not sure if it’s the proximity to the equator or the flowing cerveza, but sunscreen is a must.  In fact, Leah even discovered what it feels like to be sunburnt.  Skyler is also rocking a killer Farmer’s Tan, which he may try and trade in for some sweet Alpaca gear over in Cusco.

Uber in Lima?  Yep and it’s the smart way to go!

GoPro is quite the challenge making us feel like GoRookies.  SOS!!  No seriously, if you’re a Pro, get in touch with us.

In Cusco now, which is breathtaking.  Anxious for our Macchu Picchu trek in a few days, but for now enjoying what this cool little city has to offer.