Sunday, 5 July 2009

Chilly in Santiago, 17 June 2009

On my first day in Chile I wore my hoody. This is the first time I have needed to wear my hoody outside to keep me warm. I don´t think I even had to wear it outside when I was in Nepal, although I could be wrong on that one. But anyways I haven´t worn my maroon Cardiff hoody in a long time. So this was really saying something about the climate.

I´ll be honest here, I wasn´t expecting it to be this cold in South America. SOuth America is one of those places where the sun always shines. Except it doesn´t. It does actually get quite cold.

At this point I was quite glad that I hadn´t offloaded my long sleeve tshirts and all my other layers when I was lugging them round hot places. But even with all my layers and my thermals, I knew that I wasn´t going to be warm enough.

South America is famed for its knitwear, but I realised the downside of knitwear... it is warm, yes, but it takes up loads of room and takes forever to dry! Knitwear was not going to be a quick fix.

On my second day in Chile I decided that a coat was required.

Santiago is a great place for shopping. There are loads and loads of department stores and it was great to explore.

After much indecisiveness I came away from a department store (called Ripley, believe it or not!) in my bag I had a water proof, wind proof, snow proof ski jacket with a removable fleece that zipped inside.

I put it on as soon as I got out of the shop. Oh to be warm again!

I then went on a hat hunt. I chose a hat that went with my jacket, it probably isn´t the hat I would have chosen if I hadn´t needed a coat, but I figured it´s better to be practical than buy one of the prettier white hats. Anyways I can always buy another from Peru before I leave and come back home.

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