Getting closer to Santiago, the view was just one big cloud with some mountain peaks breaking the whiteness.
And this is where we started our decent - and went straight through the cloud (among said peaks). You could not see anything outside the windows - and then all of a sudden we landed (still in the cloud). Much respect to the pilots who land here!
Stepping out from the plane meant that I was on the southern hemisphere for the first time. Nice! :)
Interesting observation while we waited for our luggage; dogs (presumably drug sniffing dogs) were walking freely inside the area, across the luggage - and the luggage tracks.
Then we were picked up by our ride who drove us to our hotel; Le Rêve Boutique Hotel.
We had some problems with the shower in our first room (303) - it did not work - so we got a new room (302).
After a shower and refitting, we went out to look at Santiago.First impression; it's not that different from a south European city. Second impression; it's freaking cold here!
We travelled with the Metro to the Baquedano station and ate a pizza at Patio Bellavista square. Then we took the Funicular up to Virgin Mary statue at Parque Metropolitano.
View from top side of funicular over Santiago:
Then we went back to the hotel to chill a bit.
In the evening we went out to eat dinner at a nearby restaurant (called Lomit's) where I had a very nice Filet Mignon with bacon. Henrik had the salmon.
We also tried the local alcohol Pisco, which is made of fermented grapes. We were thinking shots. They did not.
The waiter put two real drinking glass on our table and started to fill them up. We had to stop him from poring after a while.
Henrik did not finish it.
Neither did I.
Then back to the hotel. Early wake up tomorrow.