Santiago useful information

Getting into Santiago by plane

The distance from the Santiago international airport to the city isn’t so far. It’s about 21 kilometers and it takes around fifteen minutes to get there.  American and Delta airlines offer direct flights from US and Canada. The LAN airlines, a Chile’s international air company offers direct flights from New York and Los Angeles. It’s possible to take buses and private cars at the airport to go to the city. I chose a private car, because it was the first time that I was going to Santiago and I got there around 11pm. I thought it was safer. I have paid $ 27.00 for a private car. I went directly to the stand of private cars and asked for a car to go to downtown. The attendant told me the price of the service and I closed the deal right there. I used my credit card to pay it. You can find more information about Chile transportation by clicking here.

Depending on the time that you take the road, the way to get to downtown could be very interesting. During the night you can appreciate the large and modern Santiago’s avenues, different from many others countries in South America. During the morning or the afternoon, it’s possible to enjoy the great views of the mountains that encircle the city.

If you go to Santiago leaving from Brazil, it’s possible to enjoy one of the best aerial views in South America, the Andean Cordilleras.

Public transportation in Santiago

It works very well and is an integral part of Santiago. It’s possible to visit the entire city by using the metro. Sometimes it was necessary to walk a little bit more, because of some sightseeing are located a little far from the subway station, but it is the best and fast way of moving up around the city.

The fare is less than $ 1.5o and it’s possible to buy tickets with a small price variation. It depends on the time that you take the metro, because they sell the tickets with different fares among three different times. If you buy tickets during the rush hour, it costs a little bit more than during the afternoon and night time. You can identify the fare observing the panel next to the sale counter with different colors, which indicate what the cost of the ticket is.

The subway stations are clean and safe, but there are no much people during the weekends and the trains usually take more time to get in the station.

See below the Santiago metro’s route. If you want to know a little bit more about Santiago’s metro, you can access the official metro website by clicking here.

Welcome to Santiago de Chile

Hi everyone,

One more post and, thank  God, one more trip! This time I went to Santiago de Chile, a great city in Chile, South America.

Located in the Chile’s central valley, next to the Andean Cordilleras, Santiago is the biggest city in Chile. The city is pretty cool and remembers some countries from Europe. It has an small area in downtown that brings back memories from Paris. I loved it!

I went to Santiago during the Carnival holiday in Brazil. Although I have been living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007, I usually find a way of escaping from here during the Carnival time.

Santiago is well known because of some particulars things like Concha y Toro winery and Andres’s cordillera.

There are nice places close to Santiago like Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the oportunity to go to these places, but both are well recommended on many websites.

My next post will be called Santiago useful information and, for sure,  you’ll able to find useful information about the city.

Hello! I’m still alive :)

Hi everyone!

I know I should update my blog more often, but sometimes it’s hard, sorry. On the other hand, I have good news. I just got back from Santiago de Chile – South America.

Although it was a short trip, it was amazing. I’ll try to post my pictures as soon as possible.

I’m back!

Hi guys,

Firstly, merry Christmas and Happy New year!

Here I am after a long time without writing anything in English. I owed myself and my teacher. I wrote on this blog that when I got back to Brazil, I would keep it current. But, a lot of things happened and I didn’t write even one line on my weblog until now.

I decided to do something to change this situation. As of January, I’ll come back to write on my weblog. After all, I have to use it for keeping my English alive. The problem is sometimes I have the sensation that I’m losing my English, I mean, I’m not losing my English, but I’m losing my writing and my fluency. So, let’s get cracking!

Before telling you things about my weblog, I want to share with you some good news. The first one is: I have started reading the book Twilight, a teenager romance full of new vocabulary and expressions that I might use in my daily routine, I hope so. The other one is: I have started using my Christmas gift, a great book of idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs that my teacher gave me. Thank you teacher! As you can see, some expressions are showing up in the text. I want to know these expressions by heart as soon as possible.

Well, I was telling you about my decision to come back to write on my blog. I really became surprised when I went to check it out and I realized that my blog was being accessed more than ten times daily.

By and large, I really don’t know if the information on my blog is being useful for everybody, but one thing is for sure, people are accessing it. So, I have to keep it updated.

I was surfing on my blog and saw that the most viewed post was about France. Actually, a specific post had seventeen accesses today. I called that post of Public Transportation in Paris. I’m trying to find out a specific tool that allows me to see where those accesses come from. I think it will be cool, because I can write to those people, you know, a kind of writing on demand. So, I can prioritize my writing for them, keeping my focus on the posts most viewed. I’ll work on it.

So guys, thank you for reading my blog.

I’m back. Bye

Budapest useful information

Getting into Budapest by plane

I didn’t go to Budapest by plane, but I had to leave the city by plane.

Because of that, I learned a great lesson during this trip. “You shouldn’t believe that all airports around the world are similar”. Joking apart, because of my lack of attention, I always got sick, from standing outside in the cold, waiting for a bus.

The airport is so far from the city that Terminal 1 is far from Terminal 2. You must take a bus to go from the T1 to the T2 and that bus takes around 10 minutes to reach at the terminal. I really should have checked the number of the terminal, before going to the airport.

So, be careful if you’re planning to leave Budapest by plane. Check the number of the terminal.

Here you can check it out some information about the Budapest airport.

Budapest airport

Getting into Budapest by train

You won’t find problems when you get to Budapest by train. Unfortunately, different from other cities in Europe, the Budapest train station has a few annoying taxi drivers trying to sale package deals. But I don’t think it will be a problem for you. Just ignore them and keep your focus on the exit.

When you get out of the train station by the main entrance, you should go to your left and walk about 10 meters to get to the metro station, I mean, I you’re planning on taking a metro.

Public transportation in Budapest

Use the public transportation in Budapest it’s easy. Similar to most cities in Europe, it works very well. It’s possible to buy individual tickets with twenty minutes, seventy minutes or twenty four hours. Moreover, you can use your credit card to buy the tickets. Depending on the time of your stay, you can also buy a day pass, with two or more days.

Before entering the metro station, you must validate your ticket. There are some “checker men” that check its validity. You can find an old small machine where you can validate it in front of the escalator.

For twenty four hours tickets, you won’t need to validate it, because the vendor will write the date and the time manually on your ticket, but you have to show it validated to the “checker men” before entering in the station.

The lines are separated by numbers and by colors. As you can see below, most of the sightseeing is located very close to the metro stations.

Budapest metro map

Budapest train map

You can also find useful information by clicking on the link below:

Budapest tourist guide

Places to visit (Sightseeing)

Budapest has a river that runs through the city, the Danube. Actually, I’ve heard that the name of Budapest is because of the division of the cities Buda and Pest. Buda is located on the east side and from there it’s possible to enjoy the view of Pest, the west side. I recommend staying on the east side.

As many cities around Europe, it’s possible to take a boat and take down by the Danube river, enjoying both sides of the city. If you prefer, you can also to take an open bus for sightseeing.

See below a little list of places to visit in Budapest

  • Budapest Parliament
  • Castle District
  • Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church
  • Gellért hill and the Citadel
  • Váci street and Danube Promenade
  • City Park

You can see the full information about these places above on the website below

Budapest sights

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Last days in Europe

Hi guys!
Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to post new photos and new comments. My trip is ending up and when I come back to Brazil, I’ll try to keep my blog updated weekly.


Information about Williamjs’s blog

Hi everyone!

As soon as I can, I’ll create different themes on my blog to let you know a little bit more about me and my abroad experience, you know, things like: food, transportation, sightseeing, recommendation, tips for travelers and etc.

So, if you know someone who wants to share this kind of information, please, let the people know about this blog.

I’m also using this space to practice my English. Then, fell free to suggest writing tips or just correct my grammar mistakes.