Monday, April 20, 2009

Chile!

Oh - Chile - the country that is shaped for its namesake...... Both Jimmy and I were wondering which came first? The country's name, or the name of the Chile Pepper???














After a quick wiki-search...it seems that the name of the country came first- my favorite theory is the one in where Chile is named after the mispronunciation of some Pichunche tribal chief, actually named TILI! haha. Those Incans do tend to mumble their words, I guess...


I went with the new in-laws, Jim and Ursula, Jimmy, and sister Cindy. We flew into Santiago and went straight to the coast - to Zapallar - a little ritzy old fishing town! Where the Chilean aristocrats go to unwind....







A little amateur footage of our lunch view.. I think this place is the combination of the beautiful evergreens from the Washington, Oregon, and California coast, combined with the tropical feeling of a typical resort!


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We ate at this wonderful little seafood restaurant both nights we were there, and had a very patient waiter (and his brother) both nights to entertain us and try to interpret our Spanglish.

Somehow a little bit was lost in the translation the first night, and I ended up ordering, and then eating....eel. I thought I was eating sea bass or something...it was a bit chewier than expected... and I pawned the last half of the meal on Jimmy for a "swap" for his delicious white fish... Well - live and learn! It was beautiful and we got to see the quieter parts of the country that were different from that in Santiago.

Here also is a nice view of our hotel, and the little statue of a regal man to the left of the entrance (look hard)!

I was attacked by mosquitoes the first night when we naively left the window open for the fresh air...needless to say my hand was swollen so badly that I thought I had compartment syndrome and might need Jimmy to perform a fasciotomy! Whew thank goodness. (This picture is not even at the height of it- no knuckles!)


We left after three days and went to the Ritz Carleton in Santiago! Santiago is a beautiful, clean city in the foothills of the Andes Mountains! Gassy, my troll, had a great time with the all-day supply of wine and hors d'oeuvres at the executive suite! We probably ate and drank our weight that week.


Awesome trip to the Andes Mountains -horseback riding, (Gassy came along here too!).


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We not only got the great view, but back down by the Maipo river we ate some delicious Chilean traditional food (I forgot the name - but has cornmeal, beef AND chicken, raisins, olives...very interesting).





Another trip was to a great vineyard in the heart of the city!

4 comments:

  1. i'm really glad you didn't have to have that procedure... the wikipedia article looked pretty disturbing!

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  2. Why did you name your troll Gassy?

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  3. haha the troll name is because i'm training to be a gas-master! dumb i know but now it is stuck...

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