*Caution - lots of selfie's when traveling alone*
I arrived in Santiago @ 3:50am and to Darren’s 9th story apartment by 5am. I woke up to fresh squeezed juice and a steaming cup of Brazilian coffee. What a way to start the trip. Darren, Manuela and I took a Sunday stroll tasting Pisco Sour, gnawing on divine Pulpo and then washed it all down with an Austral (cerveza de Patagonia) as we watched NFL playoffs. Santaigo is a very European looking city. Clean. Modern architecture.
One of the below photos is the line for a skin cancer screening. Valuable free public service they offered for their citizens given the UV intensity in Chile.
A minor 'shake' accompanied our dinner one night while we enjoyed crab empanadas and Sauv B. As we ate on the balcony, we each thought we were twitching our leg on the table. Turns out the table next to us thought we were twitching their table too. A casual laugh followed, then back to enjoying the empanada's. In Chile, earthquakes happen frequently and aren't called 'earthquakes' unless they cross the 7.0 richter scale. If under, they are called 'shakes'.
Darren and Manuela were fantastic hosts! In the limited time we had together, they taught me a lot about the Chilean/Brazilian culture, cuisine, customs, Samba and must know Chilean slang, cachai. The most impressive thing was hearing about Darren’s career in renewable energy in LatAm. A lot of exciting projects ahead for him here. Very motivating to see the niche he carved for himself in the LatAm market and industry.
Darren arranged for a ride with his neighbor, Felipe, who has his own transportation company. We had a mutually beneficial conversation on the way to the airport talking about fishing and Punta Arenas.
Sky Airline was very nice, despite the playground in the isle^^^^
I shared a cab from the airport to the Punta Arenas center with Estevan and his friend. They were looking forward to seeing whales and penguins in Punta Arenas.