22.08.2014 - 22.08.2014
Woke up yet again to a cold and chilly Santiago so I spoiled myself with another sleep-in. Biggest challenge for today was to get two new batteries for my portable baggage scale since the old ones obviously didn’t work. I didn’t need any other batteries than the CR2032, you know the flat ones. I took a chance that they might have those at Jumbo that seemed to have everything, but no they didn’t. I tried in another big store but without success. So I tried in a store at the bottom floor in Costanera Center and managed to find a small store where they had the right batteries. The man in the store actually spoke well English so it was easy communicating with him. Then, since I was already in Costanera Center I took the opportunity to look for a new pair of shoes. The shoes I had with me to Chile was a pair I bought in New York a year ago and they were pretty worn out by now. Such shame since I really liked them but it was time to throw them away and replace them with a new pair. I found a pair of Merrell shoes on sale. Very comfortable walking in (which is the main thing regarding shoes) and made in breathable material… so I ended up buying them.
Later that very afternoon I met my Chilean friend and we just enjoyed the company without having any made up plans really. We talked about a lot of stuff and when the darkness started to fall we had walked half way up to San Cristóbal Hill and on the way back we had bought us Empanadas. I am quite picky when it comes to food but I actually liked the Empanada I bought (with meat). Tasted really good and warmed me up in the chilly weather. The word Empanada originally comes from the Spanish and Portuguese verb empanar which means “to wrap something”. Empanada is a bread or dough with filling inside. The course was brought to Chile and South America by the colonizers and is still very popular.
I asked my friend about the most dangerous animals here in Chile that I should watch out for. They obviously have a deadly poisonous spider here in Chile, the Corner Spider, that you need to watch out for… even inside the houses. It’s a small brown spider that often can be found in corners- thereby the name. The spider is common in the whole South America though and can nowadays be found all over the world. But still you don’t want to have a “little friend” like that with you back home in your baggage.