Still living from our few suitcases, the boat only arrives with our things at the end of Feb(!). So, we’re currently staying in a furnished apartment in the area of Santiago called Providencia. Providencia is a really happening area – its nice to walk around, and there is lots to see and do. It used to be home to Santiago’s ‘elite’ so there are some amazing massive old houses – most are now used for businesses. Generally people here now live in apartment buildings.
The residential area streets are tree-lined streets so there’s lots of greenery to keep it shady on hot days. Little cafes, and playgrounds sprinkled around; there is a playground we visit daily that is about a 10 minute walk from where we’re staying. I’m still hunting for decent coffee though, and soy milk is yet to be found (only at Starbucks, and that doesn’t count as great coffee).
Providencia has a great little street-shopping area, and It is also home to the newest (still under construction) fancy shopping mall in Santiago. The Costanera centre will be comprised of four massive skyscrapers. There are at least 6 floors of shopping and from what I can see has all of the ‘Western brands’ that one could want. Too bad none of them stock pants in my length or shoes in my size!
All in all, Providencia is a great place to kick off life in Santiago.