So I promised a lot of people that I’d post pictures and stories of Santiago. After a week without regular access to email – the silence from lack of iPhone alerts was both irking and oddly peaceful – I’m back online, almost back on track with life, and have some time to post first impressions.
After making it off the plane with over 150 lbs of luggage each, Geoff and I made it to Giselle’s house, then to the Start-Up Chile office. Imagine 140 entrepreneurs crammed into one floor of a high-rise – craziness abound and wireless internet strains under the burden. But it’s been great to meet everyone! We’re from all over the globe with companies as diverse as apartment renting, sanitation tech, photoshare and us – fitness.
Meanwhile, at Giselle’s house, we have been getting an awesome dose of Chilean hospitality. From Sr. Huerta’s antics with the heirloom riding cape to Pache, the cutest and possibly tiniest dog in the world, to delicious fresh meals prepared by Carmen, we’ve felt right at home in our new country.
Meanwhile, we also took two hikes to see a panoramic view of Santiago – one near Lo Barnechea in the suburbs and one with the Start-Up Chile crowd up Cerro San Cristobal, the Central Park of Santiago. The views were stunning, despite the pretty terrible smog.
So overall, not a bad week. Spanish is improving all around thanks to the difficult real estate market. Can’t wait to move into our SWEET apartment this week and add some pictures. What can you rent for $550 per month in Santiago? Get ready to be jealous Boston and NYC folks