Do I continue my plan to go to the top of Metropolitan Park, complete with a big Virgin Mary statue OR do I skip that and find some museums? Amy's rule kicked in--when you can climb while touring, do so (Amy is a close friend of my wife and they explored Europe together long ago when there was still a wall and there was not yet a Euro and Donald Trump just a frickin joke).
So, off I went to test at maxim--you can't have a funicular without fun! And it was a delightful ride up despite having a lousy view. I then went on the paths and steps to get to the top, passing by a group of hip young folks swing dancing.
What did I learn along the way or forgot to mention in earlier posts?
- There is a much higher likelihood of a busker (begger with talent) on a subway car here than anywhere else I have traveled. They are friendly and vary in the aforementioned talent.
- The dogs tend to have coats, whether they are stray dogs or not. Santiago is not that cold--30s-50s right now (yeah, I can do metric but I still think in F).
- Johnny Rockets was either amazingly popular or very slow or both.
- A recurring theme this week--lots of public displays of affection. Unlike Budapest where it is concentrated on an island, I saw couples necking pretty much everywhere. And the age range was broader than one might expect.
- Twas easier to navigate Asian subways despite the foreign alphabets. Yes, it is easier to read the signs here, but they tend to put in less than visible spots. Tonight's adventure was walking into a station that had signs for where line 6 was but was also a line 1 stop. I had to ask for help. Never had to ask for help in Tokyo or Seoul.