New heights

IMG_7142Whilst most of England has been bathing in 30 degrees heat, I have been to the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal on a very muggy winters day in Santiago, Chile.

After reaching the heights of Cerro San Cristóbal and finding the Inmaculada Concepción Shrine, I cannot say I would rather be burning my skin in England.

It was a sight to behold, despite the weather not standing up to the occasion. At approximately 850 metres, you tend to forget about the weather and enjoy the views down below.

Of course, if the weather was a bit better, I would have seen much more and the Andes would have been a magnificent sight. However, I cannot complain as I got more GV’s of Santiago.

You may think this is another wasted day of exploration – fear not dear followers. I found a “bandit” right in the middle of Cerro San Cristóbal.

I know what you are thinking – what is a bandit when you see one? Daniel Boyle explained to me that there are homeless people that set up camps in the hills. It is where they live for most of the year – the bandits.

At this point me and my Australian companion, Daniel, were going up the hill. With my cameras and tripod to hand, I was desperately hoping not to tumble down. Less so can be said for Daniel’s national cricketers. As I was striving up the Cerro San Cristóbal, their wickets were tumbling.

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Back to business.

I am really pleased that I was able to get footage of a homeless person living in the hillside. Unfortunately, we were unable to make our way down to his ‘temporary’ home.

Mainly because we did not feel we would be welcome and also because the homeless gentleman’s dog was fixated on guarding his territory. After all, what is a documentary with no camera to film!

Once we reached the summit, I was told it was custom to buy a drink called Mote Con Huesillo. A rich and sweet drink with peach and wheat in it. I could not disregard this custom, but I could not disregard my taste buds either. It is fair to say that I did not empty the contents of my cup.

Nevertheless, I watched my Australian companion dispense of his cup and we moved on to the descent.

Again, you may be seeing this as a vacation day for me, but hopefully you will be able to see the footage I have got once the documentary is completed. Take a look at the gallery section to see the sort of thing I am on about.

Tomorrow I head to Plaza de Armas where Futbol Calle are running an event this weekend. I am looking forward to getting my first raw footage of the project and meeting some of the people involved in Futbol Calle and Accion Total.

Until next time, buenas noches!

Kyle Waller

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