I’m getting to love these Street Life posts! They contain any old weird and wonderful things I spot on the streets when I’m out and about.  This time? It’s Santiago, Chile!

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Look at all these neat products lined up in a vending machine in the metro station.  It’s yoghurt!  All of it! Yoghurt!

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And this one is full of ice cream. In a metro station!  In London, there is nothing.  There might be a newsagents. But no vending machines. And a distinct lack of yoghurt.

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First day on the metro? Yes, a frightened face.  But there was no need.  Even the beggars and music players on trains were charming (and talented!)

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This was one of my favourite spots in Santiago, the Costanera Centre.  It is the tallest building in South America. And a favourite place for, like, everyone.

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In Lastarria district, there is the most adorable bookshop.  If you look closely, most of the books are net-Marxist, feminist, certainly left wing.  Imagine being able to have an entire bookshop full of net-marxist books and make a profit.  Hold on, profit?!

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Some jolly flowers outside the library which I used to study in Providencia.

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Ah, food. Where would be without you? These were ice-creams hand-dipped in tempered chocolate and freeze-dried strawberries.  I did NOT try them but they looked lovely.

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Here is the cause of 2 weeks of food poisoning (I think)… a Chinese sesame chicken with dodgy rice.

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Ah, my favourite hairdresser in Santiago.  OK Style.  Not Great Style, not Shit Style, but OK Style.  Don’t expect much, cos you’re not getting it.

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This shop had a Santa Claus as its CENTRAL display.  In May.

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This was the weirdest French Onion Soup (and the restaurant didn’t warrant a whole post).  It was a French restaurant and promised a dark, unctuous onion soup.  I’ve made this.  It’s an easy soup (more or less, caramelise onions slowly in a big pot and add beef stock).  This wasn’t terrible but the onions were regretfully uncaramelised.

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So, EVERYWHERE in Chile, you needed to take a ticket and wait your turn.  This was a charming thing.  Most of us have done this at super-busy places – the deli counter, or maybe a bakery.  But they do this everywhere in Chile, especially pharmacies.

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Some delicious hand-made copper Chilean bells (copper is the main national export).  Charmingly, these were hand made in China by a machine, but still, the intention was there.

 

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