Thanks for sharing your pictures and your story!! Keep us updated on your next trip. Santiago is a special, wonderful place and I just had a dream about going there.
Have you read anything by Isabel Allende? I recommend Paula, Eva Luna and the House of the Spirits. She is a Chilean author and niece of the deposed president Salvador Allende. A trip to the national cemetery where he is buried is an interesting day out. The statuary in there is beautiful.
The food is spectacular and Chile also has wonderful wineries, if you like wine. We also toured the houses of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda while we were.
I just loved it!!! I'm so excited for you that you get several chances to go there and learn new skills, see the lovely sites and buy beautiful yarn!!