The closest park to our apartment is Parque Bustamente, a green strip between streets and buildings where you can get in a quick exercise routine on your way to the Lider (aka Wallmart) supermarket close by. I love the colourful gym equipment that are scattered throughout the parks in Santiago. It’s a lot of fun to watch people figure out how to use the machines and to see the different types of people using the machines.
The playground in the park has a large sign that says only kids under the age of 12 are allowed to climb onto the orange play frame; I’m sure I would have been scared if I were allowed to climb onto the top of the triangle!
The is a building in the centre of the park that has stolen my hart, not only because of the big bulky concrete architecture, but because it’s a library combined with a coffee shop and workspace; anybody can sit there and work for free! Cafe Literario (I also love the name) hosts painting workshops and all sorts of exciting presentations to do with books.
It’s fantastic to see people at the tables outside, enjoying the nature and having coffee at the same time.
On one side of the building is a reflection pool and on the other side are rows of benches, leading to a square where we have seen some interesting protests involving naked people and singing…you never know what to expect!
- Workouts in the Park (in Santiago, Chile) (danimclean.wordpress.com)
- Santiago – a Culture Shock (horcamoto.wordpress.com)
- Back to Santiago – Santiago, Chile (travelpod.com)
- Getting to know Santiago, Chile (llamatravelblog.com)