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Continuing with my little street series from Santiago, I'll post this one from the neighborhood called La Vega.

We were warned by a couple of locals in Santiago to NOT venture into the area - so what do we do? of course we walk to La Vega!! :)

La Vega was certainly not going to be mistaken for Las Vegas!

La Vega opened our eyes to a whole new Santiago.
I think its important to get out of the high rise areas of major cities, to see how locals really live.
La Vega did just that.

Looking at the crusted walls in this photo gives you an idea of the surroundings. It was really the only time during our trip that we felt unsafe, and felt "watched" by others. (actually, there were also a few areas in Lima Peru as well)

We had one little mishap here dealing with 2 local men who had spotted us from afar - they had their eye on us and were about to 'make their move'. We could tell they were scanning the nearby surroundings for police officers, there were none - just what they wanted.

Tosca and I looked at each other, no words we spoken between us, we knew these two men were planning something bad for us, so we high tailed it out of that small area quickly. Maybe we stayed in La Vega a bit too long, and we were drawing unwanted attention to ourselves.

But we did get some photos before we left. This man in the photo was certainly one of the finer dressed gentlemen, not the norm of what we encountered in La Vega. Perhaps subconsciously I felt more comfortable photographing him than some of the other locals here.

I remember the area was full of fallen-over large garbage bins, dogs eating the garbage, the smell was terrible, the architecture falling apart and abandoned, there was a noticeable disorganization of the streets and stores, cars parked or left for ruin in the middle of the streets etc....and of course no tourists - except us.


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