Exploring the city
01.03.2012 - 01.03.2012
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It's hot, since the room has huge windows, with no withstanding curtains, and is going east, the sun cuts merciless through the blinds, and heats up the room and us in less than 20 min. After having breakfast we head into town, exploring the hill we've seen only in the dark, and then down from Paso Jugoslavo, passing a closed museum, and the closed main passage towards a small staircase holding a few guys, which make Slobodan waiting impatiently for me, me foto opportunities not wanting to miss, but also trying to grasp why people trying to life here on the steep hill site, in quite strenuous conditions, considering that everything needs to be carried by hand, probably even water in the past.
We get to that main square eventually identifying easily the three buildings which need to be fotographed, and start searching a coffee. The 3 building are the finance ministry, partly demolished,at least closed, but an Art Deco structure from the 20th, a Bauhaus shaped building containing now a Centro Cultoral, and the military head quarter, the latter the only one lovely maintained. And then there is the Potemkin facade of the recently reopened xxx hotel. We don't dare to leave the Soto Mayor square towards the east, looking for a coffee shop, on the square we study the few art journals to see what's currently ongoing in chile, but it's more the international art being advertised, Leonardo in London, some Matta in Santiago we have missed.
As said we're not up for the shabby part, the most original obviously yet, so we follow the more modern squared layout of the lower part of the town. You feel the town had some good times, we went into the burse which is still open, but contains only some screens presenting the up and down, an older gentlemn trying to convince us that business is still ongoing. We leave, and find around the corner the first of those funny elevators which can bring you up the hill. But we're now in search of some food, and end up in the heat on the next square which offers the most famous chilenean ice parlours, and some places to eat. But since we're late for the chilenean lunch times we get only a risotto/paella mix, and head of for the ice parlour, not before having looked at all their historical books,