Natasha Robinson

Natasha is in Chile with Project Trust. She is linked with Glen Urquhart High School and Balnain Primary School in Highland.

Blog 1: First week in Chile - Transport

I arrived in Chile this time last week and have been amazed by how similar yet different it is to Scotland! There are many earthquakes which hit Chile so the buildings have all been built recently and are rather simple. The people are really friendly, you greet everyone with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, a bit like in France, except you have to do this with every pupil and teacher! Another thing which is quite different is the transport. I have decided to focus this blog post on this topic and look a little bit into vocabulary:

  • Car - el coche (el carro / el auto in Chile)
  • Train - el tren Underground - el metro
  • Plane - el avión Taxi - el taxi / el colectivo
  • Walk - caminar (verb to walk)

Cars here drive on the right hand side of the road, and the steering wheel is on the other side to in Britain. They don't tend to be very modern. I have not yet been on a train here as they are not common. Buses and taxis are used much more. The underground in Santiago is similar to the London underground however it only has 4 lines and is very, very cheap. Like an oyster card, you top up a 'bip' card and swipe it each time you use the metro. The plane across the Atlantic was twice as big as any other plane I'd ever been on however there are many other smaller planes in Chile which do shorter routes such as over the Andes to Argentina or to the north towards Peru and Ecuador. There are 2 types of taxis here. 'Colectivos' have a set destination which is shown on a board on top of the car. They are very cheap - it only cost me the equilevant of £2 for an hour journey to the capital. Taxis are like the taxis in Britain and you pay to go to a destination of your choice. These are more expensive than Colectivos. I hope you have learnt a little about transport in Chile, and if you have any questions feel free to ask me!

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