Aaron Visits from Texas

Our first guest has come and gone.  Aaron is a friend from Arlington TX and was on spring break from his school.  He is a high school computer teacher.  He left on a Friday night and got here early last Saturday morning.  It was a fun week and he got to see several aspects of Chile.  The first day we walked around the city and had dinner out at a French restaurant.  We actually left the apartment headed for a Chilean restaurant a Chilean friend recommended.  When we got there we looked at the menu outside of the restaurant and it had lots of food we didn’t know (no English) but some things we saw were tongue and rabbit so we decided not to eat there.

Sunday we took him to church and he met lots of people there and at the mall afterward when we went to eat lunch.  Monday morning he and Kent went hiking in the Andes with a guide.  They reached the base of a mountain in the area of San Francisco.  They reached the end point and there were some hot springs.  They said the first 2 springs were fairly cool, but the last one was super hot!  There were a bunch of older ladies relaxing in the springs and they got a laugh out of them.  Kent said it was way too hot to get in, and Aaron got in but had a red “belt” around his waste when he got out.  The ladies were speaking Spanish and Kent said all he understood was “gringo”!

View on the hike in  the mountains
View on the hike in the mountains
Trekking in the Andes
Trekking in the Andes

Thursday they went on a vineyard tour.  It was pricey but they went to 3 different vineyards and had a tour of how the wine is made.  It also included a full meal with wine under the arbor of grapes and a beautiful view.

The vineyard tour and their huge barrels
The vineyard tour and their huge barrels
Lunch at the vineyard wine tour
Lunch at the vineyard wine tour

Friday I joined them and we took a bus over to the coast to Vina del Mar.  We had a delicious fresh meal at a restaurant on the beach where the fisherman bring in their catch.  We went to an older palace and then to a museum with information and artifacts about Easter Island. Easter Island is off the coast of Chile.  We looked into going there but it’s about 2,000 miles from us in Santiago.  Chile is a very long country!  We took our picture outside with the “dum-dum”.  We call them “dum-dum”s because of the movie “Night at the Museum”.  Remember that? This was a nice way to end the week since he left to go back home Saturday night.  We enjoyed having him to visit- hope he did too!

Vina del Mar  view from our restaurant
Vina del Mar view from our restaurant
Our favorite soup full of seafood
Our favorite soup full of seafood
A museum with information about Easter Island which has the "dum-dums" on it.  Remember this from Night at the Museum movie?  Easter Island is off the coast of Chile
A museum with information about Easter Island which has the “dum-dums” on it. Remember this from Night at the Museum movie? Easter Island is off the coast of Chile
Lunch in Vina
Lunch in Vina

My parents are coming Tuesday to visit.  I’m not sure what all we are going to do.  Maybe the northern desert part of Chile?  I’ll let you know…..

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