Chile – Day 1 – Travel Day & Santiago

I have to start of with an apology for a half month delay for this travel series. Internet connectivity was questionable at the majority of places we visited, and I was combating a very nasty flu which left me with little energy to write. Anyways, let the adventure begin!

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Today was mostly a travel day for us. We woke up at 8am, got ready and my dad drove us to the airport. We travelled from Calgary to Toronto on one of Air Canada’s last Boeing 767-300ER flights before they are retired from mainline service to Air Canada Rouge; a low-cost subsidiary of Air Canada. The flight departed Calgary at 11:45am and we arrived in Toronto at 5:15pm. After a 2 hour layover in Toronto we departed for Santiago on Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The flight arrived the next morning at 8:45am.

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After landing in Santiago we went through customs, which was actually a fairly painless experience contrary to what I had read online. After clearing customs we boarded a Centropuerto Bus that took us to the city center station of Los Heros for only $3.20/pp. Once we reached Los Heros we took the Red Metro line ($1.30/pp trip) to Manuel Montt station, which was right below our hotel; the ibis Providencia. We checked into the hotel and had a quick two hour nap before venturing out into the city.

After waking up from our nap we walked along the Mapocho River, which was extremely turbid and fast flowing. The river led us to the beautiful community of Bellavista, where we stopped at the Fukai Sushi restaurant and ordered some sushi rolls. We tried three unique rolls that we’ve never had before; Guacamole Rolls, Baked Brie Rolls, and Seared Salmon with Almond Slivers. We’ll call this lunch/dinner since it was about 3 in the afternoon.

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After having our meal we walked to Funicular de Santiago, which took us to the top of San Cristobal Hill. The funicular was opened in 1925 and definitely shows its age. The views provided from the top of the hill are absolutely fascinating. We had 360 degree views of the entire city, including one of my favorite of the newest flagship building in Santiago; Gran Torre Santiago, which is a 300 metre tall skyscraper that towers over the city. Gran Torre was completed in 2013 and is the tallest building in South America. Also at the top of the hill was Virgin of the Immaculate Conception (Virgin Mary).

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Instead of taking the funicular back down the hill we opted to take the gondola across the hill and down the other side, exiting near the Gran Torre. We ended up walking around a bit before taking the Red Metro line to Baquedano station, where we got off to get ourselves some of the famous ice cream from Heladeria Emporio La Rosa. C had I both had two scoops of Ice Cream. C had Raspberry & Pineapple, while I had Vanilla & Cookies and Cream. It was starting to get late and we were tired so we walked past Santa Lucia Hill before walking back to the hotel. We walked a total of 23km today, which our feet and bodies definitely felt considering we only got 1.5 hours of sleep on the plane as well as a two hour nap.

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August 3rd 2016 – Flying To Australia

When I booked my flight I went out of my way to try and find a flight on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner because I’ve always been fascinated by airplanes since I was a child, and this is only one of two jetliners by Boeing and Airbus that I have not flown yet. The Dreamliner is leaps and bounds better than the typical airplanes that cart us around to our destinations for a huge list of reasons, but a few of the reasons are because there is actually humidity in the cabin due to the fact the cabin is made from carbon fibre, which can’t corrode unlike aluminum would in a conventional aircraft. Another reason is the main cabin is also kept at a lower altitude than conventional aircraft. Conventional aircraft are kept at around 8000 feet above sea level inside the main cabin, but the Dreamliner is kept at around 6000 feet above sea level. A few other reasons the Dreamliner is superior is because the cabin is wider, more open concept, has interior mood lighting that changes colour depending on the time of day, touch screen dimming windows that are larger, and better seats in both economy and business class.

The flight took me 15 hours. I usually struggle with sleeping on flights but I was welcomed by a rediculous amount of room; and a comfortable seat. The flight took off at 11:45pm on August 2nd, which was about a 45 minute delay due to “operational” issues… Whatever that means.


I stayed away for about an hour and a half. I was treated do a delicious dinner with chicken, rice, salad, and some noodles. I had two beers with my dinner; one was an IPA from Goose Island, and the other was a Miller light lager. After dinner I was served delicious vanilla bean ice cream made from real cream. It was so thick that it took me about 20 minutes to eat it because I had to let it melt a bit.

After settling in for the night I slept about eight hours, which I was actually hoping for. When I woke up there was only 4.5 hours left before we landed. I used this time to charge my equipment, blog, and watch Zoolander 2, which is just as silly as the first one.

Breakfast was served about an hour and a half before landing. For breakfast I had scrambled eggs with veggies and potatoes, yoghurt, and coffee. The flight landed around 6:40am, which was the time it was supposed to original land, despite the initial 45 minute delay.

I’m off to go exploring around Sydney. Check back soon for my next blog about exploring around Sydney!

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August 2nd 2016 – Off To Australia!

Today I spent my last day in Calgary for the next 36 days. I spent the day hanging out with Kirsty. First we went to Chinook mall and got a screen protector and a case for my phone. I didn’t learn my lesson last year when I dropped my phone in a toilet, so it’s better now than never. The guy threw in a good deal to get hers done too, so she did. After that we went to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Bagolac Saigon, for lunch.

We then drove downtown and parked in East Village and went for a walk. On our walk we checked out the brand new Bell Performing Arts Centre and grabbed some iced London fog teas from my Cafe Rosso, a coffee shop chain owned by my friend Dave Crosby. I caught up for a bit with Dave, as I had not seen him in a few years. We went to high school together, but I hadn’t seen much of him since due to my busy life, and him focusing on his business. I was glad to see that he was doing well.

After catching up with Dave we continued or walk to the East Village information centre, where I spotted a life sized chess set, and of course I had to play. We played one round of chess before heading back to her place so that I could get ready to go to the airport.


There was only about two hours left before I had to go to the airport so we hung out together and made sure that I had everything packed. At 4:30pm we headed to the airport.

I boarded a United Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 to San Fransico. The flight departed at  6:30pm and arrived at 8:30pm local time. I now have a two hour layover before I board a United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Sydney, Australia. The flight will take about 15 hours but I luckily have upgraded seats so it hopefully will be more pleasant than being in economy class.

Check back tomorrow for more of my adventures!

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