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My first trip to South America, and the furthest South I have ever been, Santiago, Chile was an amazing destination filled with many interesting things to do and places to explore.

The views from the plane as we came in for a landing were amazing – the Pacific ocean and the rugged Andes Mountains in all their glory!  The one thing I did not expect, and was certainly ill-prepared for was the winter weather!  Temperatures dipped well below zero every night, and while that may not sound all that cold to fellow Canadians, imagine trying to stay warm in those temperatures in a city that doesn’t have any central heating!  Seriously, the only spot in the entire city (including my hostel bedroom) that had any semblance of warmth was the Starbucks downtown.  Wearing my touque and socks to bed, huddled beneath 3 extra-thick blankets, I started to wonder if I had made a mistake coming here at all…

However once I acclimatized I soon discovered all that this city had to offer.  I visited my first (of many on this trip) Plaza de Armas, took in the views atop Cerro San Cristobal, watched some cultural dancers in a park, toured some local markets and even tried Chilean-fusion sushi!

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