One of the things I really like about my neighborhood is its close proximity to Parque Bustamante. In fact, when I started looking for a new residence within the last month or so, one of my main caveats was that I remained close to the park. Parque Bustamante (PB) is a large strip which in total runs about half a mile on each side, and half a city block or so across. Here's a shot of it from Google Maps:
To describe the place for you all, I'm going to start up north, and work my way south with my pictures. Starting with the north side of PB, this is the view looking north to Bellavista (club/bar area):
And turning around in the same place, we see the northern tip of PB:
A half block south, and we come up to the little public library. I often go here to read, or to just hang out and grab a coffee with someone. It's a really nice place to sit and spend a couple hours.
And behind the building, there is a little reflecting pool. It looks nice, but often you will see dogs swimming in it, or homeless people washing out their socks. A couple times I've seen little remote controlled sailboats and ships flying around in there.
Continuing south, we come to the first of two crossroads that divide the park into 3 parts. Across the road, the middle island is occupied by a very popular skate park. Without fail, if you walk around the park for more than 5 minutes, you will see kids either riding towards or away from the park. This picture I took was at about 10 AM on a Saturday, and is easily the fewest number of kids I've seen in the park. It's normally packed, to the point where it's a miracle that so few people crash into each other.
Also, it's here that we are treated to the majestic crest of the City of Providencia.
Now we've reached the second intersection, to the far southern tip of the park. Standing across the street, we can see an open, amphitheater type area which is often set up for little outdoor expos, or festivals. Often though, the area is left open and I finish workouts with a couple sprints.
Parque Bustamante is a really nice place to live by. When I first moved here, I lived in the heart of Santiago Centro, and it was a little overwhelming. There aren't really any decent open spaces nearby, and the whole place felt like an intimidating concrete jungle. The park gives me a place to work out, to hang out, and observe Chileans in their natural environment.
For those of you who appreciate the photo-heavy entries... you're welcome.