4/5/10: Santiago, Chile
Today we took the funicular up to the top of Cerro San Cristobal. I personally thought it was great, but that in itself doesn’t make for a good story does it? This actually brings me to a blogging second: I really enjoyed the day today and want you to experience a piece of it, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to tell the story. (I say blogging second because of this post.) So in order to distract you into thinking I have something to say, I’ll post my nine favorite pictures from this afternoon and give you a couple options as to what exactly is going on. One will definitely be the real thing, but you’ll never get the answer from me. Enjoy!
a) Believe it or not, these are five separate street musicians all playing different songs, each trying to outdo his neighbor(s). The cellist was definitely fighting a losing battle.
b) This band was parked at subway station entrance so narrow that I’m not sure how the slide trombonist played the high notes without poking the old ladies walking by.
a) It’s our way down the mountain and gophers are about to randomly jump out of those holes as if we were racing through Moo Moo Farms on N64.
b) We were planning on hiking the mountain but at this point the funicular is only halfway up and we can’t even see the bottom. We definitely made a good decision.
a) Zhou has an irrational fear of funiculars and spent the entire ride up crouched in the corner with her eyes closed.
b) It’s our daily game of hide-and-seek, but I’ve had a hunch Zhou has been peeking for the past few weeks so I try to get the evidence on camera before I go hide in the men’s bathroom again.
a) There are many different religious things at the peak, including this spot filled with hundreds of candles and people’s prayers.
b) Zhou and I had a race to see whose candle would burn faster. We made a large monetary bet, and after hers won by a landslide I found out it was on steroids.
a) Us in front of the 22-meter high Virgin Mary statue on the hill. According to Wikipedia, it was donated by France in the 1920’s.
b) Us in front of the 22-meter high Virgin Mary statue on the hill. According to Wikipedia, it was donated by France in the 1930’s.
a) It cost 150 CLP to use the restroom at the top of the hill. No person guards the entrance, but next to this dog is a sign that reads, “Pay your way or if you use it you’ll lose it.”
b) I saw this dog and took a picture of him.
a) Zhou enjoyed the sunset from the mountain despite the dense smog that constantly hovers over the city.
b) Zhou stood in front of a green screen and we CG’ed smoggy Santiago into the picture. We actually haven’t been on a world trip at all – we’re just hanging out in a friend’s basement.
a) Gigantic explosion.
a) Zhou was tired of me taking all arm’s length photos of us, so this was her attempt to capture our smiling faces in front of the city.
b) For once my large head has come in handy, barely blocking out the naked man shouting Spanish obscenities (or possibly compliments – I don’t know for sure, I don’t speak Spanish).
Picture of the Day: Chile dogs.