Yesterday we had to cancel our plans due to a protest in the center of the city. Students often protest about the education system here, and although it is usually peaceful, there are sometimes people who are not students that come and ruin it for everyone. Although I was disappointed about not being able to stick to our schedule, it was a blessing in disguise. Christine offered to show me around the city, to some parts outside of Providencia that I might not otherwise get a chance to see. We went to a park uptown, Parque Bicentenario. It was so beautiful and surrounded by the mountains and volcanoes. Christine told me that Santiago is essentially in a "ditch." The city is surrounded by mountains on all sides. Thus, the pollution. It has nowhere to go because the mountains block it from getting out. One side are the Andes Mountains and the other mountains are on the coast. Still waiting for the rain to clear out the pollution so that the mountains become more prominent. FLAMINGOS! The park had flamingos. I was not expecting to see them, so it was a nice surprise.