We landed at the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile early in the morning. Right after we got to our apartment, we went out to begin exploring Santiago.
The first thing we did was eat empanadas at a store close to a metro station. I’ve eaten empanadas and learned about the history in my Spanish classes. You’ll find different variations depending on the country. (I have yet to try a sweet one!)
In Chile, the popular one is called empanada de pino and consists of beef, onions, an olive and half a hard boiled egg. So it’s filling. We’ve also noticed you can tell that it’s a empanada de pino if it’s folded like the photo above.
Next we made a trip to the grocery store. Visiting grocery stores in different countries is already a tourist attraction to me! I love seeing the food packaging of familiar brands in different languages, in this case, Spanish.
Out of instinct, I went over to the yogurt section. I knew I wouldn’t be able to find any Chobani yogurt but I wanted to see what kind of yogurt they had here… and there’s a lot! There was also yogurt in bags which I don’t think I’ve seen in my local grocery stores back home in the US.
Right across from the yogurt aisle was the bakery or panadería. It smelled so good… the smell of freshly baked bread. There were so many people getting bread. We’ve noticed locals here buy freshly baked bread every day… so Wonder Bread isn’t common here (lol).
We walked back to our apartment where I took a 4 hour nap! And woke up to a great view of the sun setting.
I love seeing the mountains! Back home in Florida, the land is flat. No mountains, or let alone hills. So this is very different for us. I’m pretty sure the locals don’t really notice it and if I stayed for longer, I probably wouldn’t either. But for now, I’m enjoying it 🙂