Santiago de Chile: Fall

It's fall here.  The bike paths are covered with leaves, crunchy and dull brown.   It's usually pretty cloudy,  and walking back to the apartment yesterday I realized I couldn't see the cordillera.  It was completely covered up by a mix of clouds and smog.  In the midwest US it would have the decency to rain once in awhile to release the clouds, but no such luck here.  It is nice breaking out the fall clothes, scarves, jeans...but the sad truth is I still don't have much of a wardrobe after packing so light.  But I do have two pairs of jeans now, so that's exciting.  Okay, less talk, more photos.

 front view of my apartment building // 25 may

front view of my apartment building // 25 may

 pedestrian entrances // 25 may

pedestrian entrances // 25 may

image.jpg
 building side // 25 may

building side // 25 may

 lil' guys tucked into themselves // 25 may

lil' guys tucked into themselves // 25 may

I want to tuck them in with a blanket whenever I see street dogs curled up.  In Bellavista, the bar/nightlife section near Santiago Centro, I saw a dog strategically curled up on two sheets of cardboard.  Whether a human put them down for him or he found it on his own is unknown.  Atleast it doesn't snow here, so there's that.  They exist on the fringes of society...to my knowledge there isn't an animal control, and people on the street just ignore them.  However, they do have a good 'gringo radar' - and will approach foreigners more often to see if their naivety will get them some food because a seasoned Santiago-an will typically ignore them.  Although today I saw a fellow give a street dog a piece of his sopaipilla.  True love.