Was up at 7 (also I was up long), had breakfast, packed my bags finally for the trip home and did check out at 8:30 (as checkout time in the hotel was noon but at that time I would be on city tour). Left my luggage in the hotel, at least the told me I could use their infrastructure (WiFi, toilet,…) till my pickup in the afternoon. And I found out in the morning that the flight was now as expected at 7:45pm, so I rebooked taxi for 4:45.
City tour was with a big bus, only 4 people attending (including me), guide did it in two languages, for three people in Spanish, for me in English.
Passed the main river,
Then stopped and went up Santa Lucia hill, formerly used by the Spanish as an fortress. Some nice views from there over the city.
Next stop was plaza Del armes (main square)which is currently under rebuilding with as always the cathedral (it was even allowed to take pictures inside)
From there we went to the presential palace, on the square are also several institutional buildings (central bank, treasury, foreighn affairs,…)
Trip ended with driving through neighborhoods were the wealthy live (also the district where my hotel was was one of them). Learned that Santiago has 39 districts and every one has his own mayor, so you 39 mayors in Santiago.
Was back at the hotel around 1, checked my emails and went out again. Had seen the biggest mall of Chile during our trip, close to my hotel, as I didn’t know what to do I went there. Nothing special, 5 floors with every brand store you can imagine, wandered around and were back at the hotel around 3:15. Took my book and waited for pickup.
Taxi was already there at 4:40, took us 25 minutes to the airport (I thought at rush hour you would need more time, the highway to the airport was nonetheless empty).
Did check in, learned that the flight will be full (first time with a dreamliner, Boeing 787, for me), asked for an aisle seat in the middle row, received a boarding pass with row 17c (what indicates the aisle seat on the left row, meaning you have to get up whenever one of the two beside you wants to get out). Was still hoping that the flight will work, learned the same day from one of the German guys that they could not start on Friday (technical issues), had to spend another night in a hotel in Santiago and could only fly the day after. Boarded the plane in time, first impression of the dreamliner was that it looked smaller than the older planes. As expected had the aisle seat on the left row, but unexpected was that only the window seat was occupied, place in the middle was empty (only 2 places in economy stayed empty). So was on the one hand lucky, on the other hand there was a baby in the middle row behind me that cried the whole night… So had a not so relaxing night (also I slept for 5 or 6 hours). Landed in time at 1:15 in Madrid (flight duration 12:20), had to wait to disembark as one of the passangers had a medical problem and the doctors had to take care about him first. Took another 15 minutes but finally I stepped on European ground again after a month in south america.
In Madrid I had to wait till 3:15 for boarding of my flight to vienna. Went out of the airport for a cigarette, at 2:45 back in. Had to pass security again, here they took my water bottle away (1,6 liter, had it the whole trip since Santiago), that’s a special pity as I already knew from my trip to madrid that Iberia is offering nothing for free during the flight (water is 2 euro). I am currently in the plane to vienna, till now it looks like we are on schedule.
Arrived in time in vienna (18:45), I am back 🙂
Waited a long time for my luggage (at least it arrived otherwise I would have had a problem as I lost my boarding card with the luggage ticket), tax authorities stopped me on my way out (I assume due to the fact that they saw I am coming from south america due to to sticker on my luggage), had nothing with me so he was convinced after talking to me for two minutes (he even didn’t screen the luggage with the machine) and let me pass.
Taxi driver was already waiting outside, was happily home around 7:45.
That’s it from my one month south america (Peru/Bolivia/Chile) trip 🙂