If you are going to visit the countries of Latin America, then Spanish will be very useful to you, because there is no other way in this continent. And if you do not speak this language, then take a phrase book with you.
Chile – a strip of land sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. In 1541, the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago. Settlement of fifty people from adventure seekers and thugs. Conquistador de Valdivia Spanish Crown sent from Peru. Santiago developed slowly and suffered from raids by rebellious Indians. But as a result, by the twenty-first century, it concentrated in itself a third of the country’s population, which consisted of descendants of Spanish conquistadors mixed with Indians, Mapuche Indians themselves, and immigrants from Europe. Completely – a European batch, in a modern European city! What is missing in modern Santiago is a riot of history. Frequent earthquakes harm the city and its architecture. But he who seeks will always find! In Santiago, preserved monuments of the old.
It is no secret that in many cities there are difficult teenagers and drug addicts. There are they in Santiago. If you ask them who would they like to be in childhood? They replied – “Of course, circus performers!” It was for these children that a popular circus was created in Chile. When in 1995 the famous Canadian circus du Soleil came up with the idea of correcting difficult teenagers by involving them in circus activities, the Republic of Chile responded first. The People’s Circus was created. Since then, he went far beyond the square, where novice circus performers gathered. He spawned a whole class of devotees who perform in all the squares of Santiago and are closely watched by the carabineers. They know exactly who this circus was made of. However, there are no security problems in Chile. “Oblaposhit” tourist can in any capital of the world. But organized crime in Santiago is not observed. Since there is no noticeable class stratification and Brazilian “turretless”. After the repressions of Pinochet, they live here quietly and peacefully, somehow even unsophisticated.
Already 5 centuries in a row, the inhabitants of Santiago gather in the evenings and on weekends in the main square, which was laid during the times of the conquistador Pedro de Valdivia – Plaza de Armas. It is still considered the center of Santiago. This is where the zero kilometer mark is located. This place is considered the main socialization area of the local population. In the evenings, comedians gather large companies around them, children chase pigeons, artists paint portraits, men play chess, religious sectarians hold dubious prayers with fainting, and old people watch everything that happens sitting on the benches around. In other words, people are resting here on the Place de Armas after a busy day.
Santiago is a city of the people, exactly like its roads, where they are driven not by Mercedes with flashing lights, but by public transport — buses. Although most recently they were the curse of Santiago. Old and stinking, they heavily polluted the air. But Santiago plucked up the pathos. Economic success and foreign investment have generated, as expensive areas of Las Kondas and Providencia, and other buses – new and clean. More than 8,000 buses drive through the streets of Santiago. It is the busiest system of public transport and a very convenient means of transportation. Because even during traffic jams, they go fast. On local roads there are specifically two lanes, reserved only for buses. Machines also call in, but not so often. A lot of convenient stops. I can not believe that a few years ago there were no exact routes and bus stops. The only thing left from that time is that drivers do not announce the next stop. But people know where to go.
Here, from time immemorial, they trade in fish that are brought from all regions of the country. They say because of the bad ecology on the planet, the diversity of fish has become less. But such a huge number of mollusks on the market, half of them do not even have a name in Russian. Earlier, before the advent of supermarkets, the market was the Babylonian crowd. The whole city bought fish here, including the country’s main poet, Pablo Neruda, who wrote Ode to the Big Tuna in the Market. It, unfortunately, is not translated into Russian. Fish called congrio, or – Shrimp fish, they say, is the most delicious. You can eat it here, right on the market. Congrio fish are often confused with sea eel. They buy it at the Central Market, and then they find a restaurant, which is plentiful here, where they cook fish according to the recipe you specified. And there are a lot of recipes for making fish congrio!
It is believed that Chileans are similar to their Santiago. The same structured and rectilinear. In addition, cold as fish on the Mercado Central. But the city and the Chileans are able to constantly surprise.