25 July, 2009

Turistik Bus Tour

This morning, I awoke rather early, too early it was still dark! But, after a little while (and catching up on things thanks to the wonders of the internet) it started to get light outside... Here is the morning sun rising over the Andes from my hotel window...

Hotel view 6am, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

After a quick shower, to wake up more so than anything else as I was now getting tired agian, I went downstairs to get some breakfast. I had some ceral with chocolate milk, toast with bacon & scrambled eggs, toast with spanish salami & cheese & a coffee. I also had an apricot juice in there too! After breakfast, I returned to the room to get my things, and the room was re-made already!

My Room 1504, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

I then headed off to see Santiago. After asking how to get into the city, downtown, I was off with map in hands and careful directions in my head. Trouble was, I was heading in the WRONG direction! She did point me the way, and I followed it, but I was running backwards! After nearly 30 mins of walking, I found an intersection of streets I could understand on the map, and headed off to the banks hole in the wall, to get some cash. Funny thing was, it was all in Spanish, and do you think I could understand a word of it?! I asked the security gaurd for some assistance, and he told me how to change it to English, phew! I then made my withdrawal, for what I thought would be enough, only to find out from the tellers inside, I had withdrawn $184 USD! I had heaps of cash!

After the explination of money from the bank, I was pointed in the right direction towards the Metro; Escuel A Militar! From here I was told it is 11 stops to get downtown, Moneda. Easy as, until I got my ticket and then had to work out HOW to get through the barriers, it was easier than I thought and will not make the same mistake tomorrow!

I got onto the Turistik Tour Bus, its one of those 'Hop on, Hop off' type of ones... It was also incredibly glary all day, with a lot of smog (from wood heaters maybe?), which made photography a little difficult, but these are what I got today...

Old Stataion, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Main Mall Santiago, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Presidential Palace, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Stone monument, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Steel books, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
River Crossing, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Roadside Tree, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Santiago Andes, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Nightmare communications, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Fountain Plaza de Armas, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Bicentenario 2010, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Sorry for the amount of pictures, I will try and do a slideshow or a mosaic next time!!!

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