07.07.2009 18 °C
Another day, another bus ride over the Andes. We had only a couple of days to kill in Santiago; excitingly enough, it´s winter there and the mountains are very close... Close enough that you can do a day trip out there. We spent a day at Valle Nevado, which was fun to keep our hands in, but the snow wasn´t up to much and it all ended up being unbelievably expensive as we had to rent EVERYTHING. A Bailey´s and a hot chocolate to put it in came to $16!!
(and I forgot the camera, again. Sorry)
We managed to fit in some more good food as well; a great sushi joint, a PROPER curry house (Kiran please note), curiously located in a Best Western hotel; and a wonderful seafood restaurant called Puerto Fuy. A little bit too posh for scabby travellers such as us but lovely food. We started off with the best clam we´d ever tasted, encaged in a cheese gratin with some slightly sweet tomatoey stuff inside
and a selection of sea urchin prepared 5 ways, which had Angi in raptures
and then for mains, an interesting comparison of sea bass VS chilean sea bass. Didn´t even realise they were different fish, but although the chilean sea bass was very nice we preferred the sea bass, it was one of the nicest, meatiest, umami-est fish dishes I´d ever tasted. Nummm.
Finally the dessert was enlivened by a more-than-slightly-silly misting of an alcoholic beverage of your choice from a selection of mini perfume sprays. Pretentious? Yo?
And that´s it for South America! Next stop Polynesia: sunny skies & grass skirts (we hope)... So long Americas, and thanks for all the carbohydrates!
p.s. lots more bolivia/argentina/chile photos have been posted... unfortunately this bloody site keeps on losing the names. Sorry. Will update them all when I have a spare day or two...