Cold evening falling on downtown Santiago
Last weekend I went to a little BBQ in the campo outside of Santiago. The destination was close to Lago de Repel, a spot for aquatic leisure activities and a region that produces wine. It was pretty beautiful.
Last weekend I ventured to Pullay, Chile with three of my friends. Pullay had been recommended to me by some Aussie surfers I met the previous weekend in Pichilemu. They said “it’s great, there’s a nice old couple that rent out rooms in their house, cook three meals a day and the ocean is right in front of the house”. We arrived in Curanipe (about 40 mins north of Pullay) at around 5am on Saturday morning. Ruperto one of our hosts picked us up in his truck and took us south. The pavement disappeared after about 20 minutes, the rest of the trip was by dirt road. At the very end of the road we came to a big yellow house. The ocean was about 10 meters past the house. It was freezing cold.
Waking up the next morning we realized that we were in the middle of nowhere. It was beautiful, but it was in the middle of nowhere. This was the second beach I’ve been to in Chile that seems almost identical to something you’d find in Northern, California.
Yesterday afternoon I found myself trapped on my balcony, on the 11th floor of an 11 story building with little chance of escape. After spending about a half hour in the cold, as the sun was setting one of my neighbors came to my rescue with a ladder. Watch the four part video series below to see how things played out. Shout out to my co-captor and cameraman Saul Lustgarten. It’s very well possible that this will be the beginning of a larger cellphone only film we’re going to make documenting life in my apartment building. Stay tuned!
Part 1 of 4
Part 2 of 4
Part 3 of 4
Part 4 of 4
Last night was my friend Artur’s last night in Santiago. To see him off we went to a restaurant in Lasterria called La Casa de la Luna Azul. The food was pretty marginal, but the wine was good and the company was great.
Last weekend I went to Pichilemu, about 3 hours south of Santiago. It was a great escape from the smog and cold of the big city. To get there we took a bus from the bus station close to the Universidad de Santiago. We stayed at what was kind of a surfer hostal a few minutes south of the central district. The hostel was great. It sat about 500 meters up a hill from the beach and from the living room it had a sweeping 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean. 100% relaxing. The landscape and architecture actually reminded me a lot of Northern California, almost like Sea Ranch.
I will definitely head back to Pichilemu and will probably explore some of the beaches further south (Curanipe, Pullay, etc).