You can’t discover Santiago just by visiting its tourist attractions – this immediately becomes clear to us! So we let ourselves drift and keep our eyes open – for special places, here often hidden behind closed doors. We stumble upon a fantastic second-hand record shop. Gradually, like a jigsaw puzzle, our image of Santiago de Chile comes together. It feels so different and yet somehow familiar. We find ourselves in the southern hemisphere, at the foot of the mighty Andes. The sun passes through north at midday, and yet the city has an unequivocally European feeling. Even the Spanish spoken by the Chileans sounds familiar until we realise that this is home to the true masters of talking faster than lightning and swallowing endings. Despite this, we quickly start up conversations – after all, in Chile, strangers are always treated as friends.