Clinics vs Hospitals for health care
While living in Santiago I will be giving birth to my first baby at the Clinica Alemana. The Chilean health system has public hospitals and private clinics. The private clinics offer the best standard of care but are more expensive. As a resident of Chile I pay into the Chilean private health insurance system and so am entitled to have my baby at one of the clinics and I have chosen the Clinica Alemana. If you do get sick while in Chile then I suggest that you contact your health insurance provider and ask them to cover the treatmet in one of the clinics. Here is a list of some of the clinics that I would recommend:
Clinica Santa Maria
Clinica Las Condes
Short sleeves and a jacket
plenty available here at good prices. winter. Heavy jacket May to Sept.
summer, short sleeves and a jacket.
Evenings tend to cool all over the country. most things are available here if you do not want to carry a lot. plenty of film same needs as USA or Canada.
Alto Las Condes Mall
Alto Las Condes, alongside Parque Arauco is one of the best malls in Santiago. It is located kind of inconveniently high up in Las Condes - far from the metro. I get there either by bus or if someone has a car I use that.
The mall is open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00 The good thing about this mall is that they have a Jumbo supermarket there which is one of the better supermarkets in Santiago. You can also visit a number of local and international stores for fashion and lifestyle products. There is a movie theatre in the mall also.
On the Metro
The Metro is definitely the best way to get around the city here in Santiago. Cheap, clean, frequent and efficient - well, mostly - we managed to be on a train when there was a power failure in the area of the city were were travelling through. Fortunately the train had only just begun to pull out of the station and the last carriage had not gone clear so, once they got a back door open, everyone was able to walk through the carriages and out on to the platform. It was all very orderly and fuss-free. Just as fortunately, we were only one station from our destination. It didn't put us off at all though and we used the Metro to travel all around the place.
You can buy multi-ride tickets allowing 10 trips. There are barriers at the entrance to the platforms but not at the exits.
Metro stationentrances are distinguished by three red diamonds
All you can eat
For those like I that enjoy the Chinese appetizer, this is the restaurant. They have a menu of Dim sum (Chinese appetizer) by a fixed price 4500 pesos Chilean 9$. You can eat all the Dim Sum that you want, have an extensive variety of 10 to 15 appetizers, boiled, fried, calamaris, pig, meat, vegetables. They pass with a stroller that have a variety of dim sum where were can take those you like, pass every 5 min with a different variety
Para aquellos como yo que disfrutan de los pasapalos chinos, este el restaurante. Tienen un menú de Dim sum (pasapalos Chinos) por un precio fijo 4500 pesos Chilenos 9$. Puedes comer todos los Dim Sum que quieras, tienen una extensa variedad de 10 a 15 pasapalos, hervidos, fritos, calamares, cerdo, carne, vegetales.
Tienen un carrito donde van pasando y tú puedes tomar los que te gusten, pasan cada 5 min con una variedad diferente. Dim Sum