You would think that, with on-demand movies, audio, and games, our flight to Santiago would've been awesome. Not so. It was the pits and left us terribly haggard and worn.
When we finally wanted to sleep (after taking advantage of the in-flight entertainment system), some stupid girl across the aisle from me literally coughed non-stop for SIX HOURS STRAIGHT. I'm not even exaggerating. Everybody around us was totally annoyed. Two people actually walked over and gave her cough drops at different times, which, being the inconsiderate idiot she was, she didn't take!
And here is a classic example of why I'm a bitch, and Mr. Monkey's a saint. When I whispered my frustration to him, he simply whispered back, "Think of how she must feel, though. She is so sick, is on a plane, and knows she is causing everyone to suffer through her own suffering."
Saint, I tell you.
I maintain she was an inconsiderate idiot. She was wearing shorts and socks with holes, and, I repeat, did not take the cough drops given to her. Wrap yourself in a blanket, and stuff your mouth with lozenges! It's not that hard!
When we finally got off the plane at 6 a.m., we were zombies. I was so glad when we got to our hotel.
funicular up to the Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, which I will blasphemously call Big Virgin Mary for ease of reference.
lot of stray dogs here. I'm not even sure how these dogs got up the steep hill. Did they ride the funicular, too?
teleferico, too. This, my friends is nothing more than a cable gondola, otherwise known as The Skyway at Disneyland.
Pike Place Fish Market meets Grand Central Market meets your local farmers' market...except all in Spanish and ever-so-slightly more primitive. Chile is quite the wealthy country, but it's still just a baby step behind the U.S. in a few respects. Then again, isn't almost all of the world? I sure do love our country! (Sorry. Ugly American moment.)
After another hot shower, we ordered room service (seafood stew, au gratin corn pie, fried conger, and a strawberry shake for Mr. Monkey). Mr. Monkey observed that this was in line with our usual travel practice -- we almost always get room service for dinner on day one because we're just too damn tired!
Sorry that there are no pics of dinner. I was tired and ravenous at the same time and simply couldn't be bothered to use my camera in the hotel room. I can tell you, though, that the au gratin corn pie was freakin' awesome. It's actually called pastel de choclo gratinado con azucar, in case you'd ever like to order it. Imagine a savory stew-like bottom filled with meat, onions, and other vegetables topped with a cheesy and somewhat sweet moist cornmeal on top and then all baked in a hot pot. Que sabroso!
I flippin love the one of the stray dogs.. Chile looks awesome so farReplyDelete
pastel de choclo is the bomb.ReplyDelete
yes, that is santiago's smog right there! though the metro is awesome, please refrain from the micros (small yellow buses that you have to jump on and off of)!
so far so good! can't wait to hear more and see more. i must say that I am disappointed that you did not utilize your dslr (if you acutally car how i feel lol). it will just be an extension of you one day =).ReplyDelete
I am so happy to get a day-by-day account!! That sucks about the cougher! Sounds like Santiago is great so far. Can't wait to hear more!ReplyDelete
Yay! So happy to hear from you. I am quite impressed with all you did your first day. I am usually wiped out after flights--coughing lady or not.ReplyDelete
Glad you made it there safely!ReplyDelete
i want to poo on that stupid coughing girl. i could never have been as diplomatic as mr. monkey in that situation.ReplyDelete
i'm digging the up-to-the-minute recaps! and i'm glad to see that you arrived safely.
Such a dedicated blogger you are. I'm sad I didn't stow away in your luggage and come with you. Because that corn whatchamacallit you so deliciously described...that would have made the long hours in your suitcase so worth it. Mmmmm....ReplyDelete
good to see you are entertaining as always...even from the southern hemisphere. ;)ReplyDelete
can't wait to read more about your future adventures!
Welcome to Chile! The Crowne Plaza is great (my dad was just here and stayed there), but skip the bar - awful service, so-so food - and head to the main restaurant for delicious food with great service. Don't know how long you're in Stgo, but if you want a citytour check out www.labicicletaverde.com...bike tours with fun facts about Santiago's history. Tell them Rodolfo sent you (shameless promotion for my bf who's a tour guide). Ok, promise no more comment overload but feel free to comment on my blog if you have any Q's :)ReplyDelete
I love that you are doing updates as you are on vacay! It makes us feel like we're there too :) The coughing situation sucks...Take your vitamins while on vacay!ReplyDelete
boo to coughing girl. yay for empanadas. yay for almost-real-time updates.ReplyDelete
coughing girl probably has tuberculosis and that is why she didn't use the cough drops.ReplyDelete
But hey, I am a glass half full type of guy!
i could go for some au gratin corn pie right about now... yummmmmReplyDelete
me wants the au gratin. badly.ReplyDelete
LOVE when Mr. Monkey is a saint and you are a hater. Mr. Diabolina and I have a similar dynamic.
Mr. Monkey is my kinda guy, well, except for the sweating comment. ;)ReplyDelete
Truth be told, I'd probably be really annoyed by the coughing girl, too, although if Spyro's comment is true, then I'd feel bad post-hating.
What a miserable flight. Great, thanks to Spyro I'm all Outbreak about it now. :/ReplyDelete
I'm enjoying the fact that you are sharing your food journeys as well as the rest of the trip. And I'm jealous that you are warm and I am not right now. :)
The trip is looking great, except for the damn coughing girl. The food looks yummy!ReplyDelete
i agree with you about sickie. take the damn cough drops, bundle up and try not to distrub everyone. jeesh!ReplyDelete
looks like a cool city!