Our time in
draws to a close. The goal was to live here instead of merely visit. I think we succeeded at that. It was a very laid back time. I was bored at times, to be honest, but this was on balance a positive experience. We don’t know anybody here in the city, and so we did not socialize much. We have enjoyed the company of visitors, and we got out and about a bit with each of them to places in central Santiago . Penny said just this evening how much she has enjoyed not having to be “on” and not being responsible for anything. Like when we used to go to Chile . I understand that completely. Big Bear Lake
We hatched this walkabout idea a year ago in
. Pepe Almenera, a Peruvian friend, was a little skeptical about staying in Lima . He thought that there was not enough to do here, and that Santiago was the best city in Buenos Aires South America for culture, fun, things to do, and so on. He basically said that and Lima were like… Santiago and St. Louis , and that Kansas City is Buenos Aires in comparison. (These city choices are my analogies, and neither Pepe’s nor anyone else’s.) Perhaps. We shall see. We have made a couple of short trips to New York before, and stayed in the downtown area which we didn’t enjoy as much as Buenos Aires . Narrow sidewalks lead to lots of hustle and bustle. Even so, somehow or other, I like Santiago . We have a week there in March before we go to Buenos Aires , and this time we will be staying in the Montevideo neighborhood. Apparently that will be much like Providencia here in Palermo , except with the benefit that Santiago is a livelier town. But we don’t know anybody there either, and we will be there only a short time. The real key will be to stay occupied in Buenos Aires during July and August. I am thinking in terms of a four-week intensive French course for starters. Paris
Now I have been able to work on my research agenda here, thanks to the Kindle. I need to immerse myself in antebellum
society, culture, and history the same way that I did with late colonial United States Latin America. I trained in history in graduate school and took doctoral exams in it, but I think I need to get a command of literature. So I have been reading a great deal of U.S. , Alcott, Cooper, Emerson, etc. I could have done that anywhere, and because Hawthorne is where I am, I read them here and will continue with them until we arrive in Santiago in October. New York
Although it won’t be for a couple of years, our next trip to
South America will need to include for six to eight weeks because I have research to do there. The subject of my research, John D. Sloat, spent a great deal of time in Lima , and so I hope to find related documents in the archives there. This means weeks of paging through file after file, one page at a time. Miraflores is much like Providencia, and we have friends there. Callao has been called “ Lima the Horrible” and not without some reason, but somehow or other, I like Lima and I like Lima , just as I like both Peru and Chile . Argentina
For the next several weeks, we will shift into the tourist mode. Shopping will be different. We won’t be cooking for ourselves at home. On board the ship, there will be activities related to
Antarctica every day. When we get back, then we will make our way to in southern Valdivia , and over to Chile . The adventure continues. Bariloche, Argentina
Some Santiago scenes:
Plaza de Armas.
Ex-Congress building, now houses Senate offices.
Central Market, now houses several mediocre seafood restaurants.
Museum of the City of Santiago, currently under renovation.
La Pica de Clinton, an eatery in central Santiago.
Bellavista district restaurants.
Another Bellavista scene.
Santiago from San Cristobal Hill.
Another view of urban sprawl from San Cristobal Hill.