Wish You Were Here: El Mercado Central in Santiago, Chile
Buenos días! It's just past lunchtime here in Santiago, Chile, the temperature is 80 degrees, the sun is out and some empanadas are happily sitting in our stomach.
We just arrived to SCL early this morning, on the LAN direct overnight flight from New York-JFK, putting us in the center of town in time for breakfast. Getting the touristy stuff out of the way, the Mercado Central was a first stop for its architecture (it was opened in the late 1800s with a roof of intricate metalwork) and for some grub. Walking past the fishmongers in the markets outer rings, we find the smaller restaurants all coexisting in the very center, each with its own hawker attempting to steer in both tourists and locals.
An immediate observation: it is a little if you don't know Spanish, and attempting with Italian just doesn't work. Not staying in a hotel (we're going the Airbnb route) increases the potential language barrier issues, but of course that's part of the fun.