Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I'm back (from Chile)

Pardon my extended absence, but the Mrs. and I just got back from a fantastic trip to Santiago, Chile. The country was specatular, the weather perfect, the people friendly, the wine stupendous, and the food, well nothing's perfect. Here are a few photos from our trip to inspire a trip south for the winter. Future posts with more cohesive themes upcoming.

A massive city of six million people is built in a long valley with the Andes to the West and the Chilean Coastal range to the East. This leads to a constant haze, particularly in the winter. Spring is just starting so the smog should be lessening soon.
The benefit of smog, if there is such a thing, is colorful sunsets. The sun set behind our hotel each night, but the light reflected off the snowy caps of the Andes was magnificent.

The old, this Church in Providencia, one of the 34 comunas (semi-autonomous districts within the city), represents some of the typical colonial architecture that can be seen throughout the older and more affluent parts of the city.
This skyscraper, also in Providencia, represents the new. There's a building boom going on in Santiago with new office towers (like this one), condo buildings, and infrastructure improvements everywhere. Santiago will soon be home to the tallest building in South America, it's currently up to the 26th of its 60+ floors.

1 comment:

Cote de Texas said...

Such interesting pictures - I don't think I've ever seen pictures of the city before! so smoggy - like L.A. !!

I wanted to tell you that I just saw your name on the DonorsChoose donation page and I want to thank you SO very much for donating! What a great cause. It's so sad to think that the kindergarten would be alloted only $50 for the school year for art supplies! Your generousity will make it happen for them - we are totally funded now!!!!

thanks again so much - it is very appreciated!