Coffee, books and gym equipment…in a park

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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.

ImageThe 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!

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 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.

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 It’s fantastic to see people at the tables outside, enjoying the nature and having coffee at the same time.

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 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!

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4 thoughts on “Coffee, books and gym equipment…in a park

  1. I was in Cafe Literario this afternoon! It’s one of my regular hang outs too.

    I just got back from Isla de Pascua – I needed to escape Santiago to recharge the batteries. One thing that really warmed my heart was the ubiquitous Chilean outdoor gym equipement there; the machines are exactly the same as those you find around Santiago, but they are all painted in a muted green and brown colour scheme, blending into the surroundings. I loved the fact that they have done it their way; a bit of uniqueness in what can be a pretty uniform world in some ways. They gym areas have the added bonus of overlooking the ocean, and the one I used was in amongst a little grove of trees!

    • I definitely want to visit the island (also known as Rapa Nui); hopefully I’ll get the chance soon. I must say, gym equipment does not fit into my picture of the island…I’ll just have to go and see for myself what it looks like!

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