The last day in Santiago
Souvenir shopping is not exactly my favorite pastime, but once again I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and the quality of the goods offered by the little gift shops. My usual cause of anxiety when buying souvenirs is trying to decide which objects on display I disliked the least. Here my problem was that I wanted to buy everything, and in big quantities. I found the prices reasonable, too. However, I decided to try out the advice my Spanish teacher, a Colombian native, gave me: never agree to the first price offered, always haggle. To my surprise, it did work. I was very pleased with my success, and decided to reward myself with a lunch at La casa en el aier. Fittingly enough, the restaurant was named after a Colombian song by the owners upon their return home from an exile in Colombia. The salmon empanadas were delicious, and reminded me of similar Russian pastries.
I did some more shopping after lunch. By 5 pm I felt like I fulfilled all my touristy duties and was ready to leave the country.