Chilean Hospitality

The week before Easter we met a realtor that was recommended to us by a friend.  We met she and her husband at her office because he speaks English.  He lived in the US for many years as a company executive.  He really understood what we were thinking. In fact, their business is based on great customer service like what we gringos are accustomed to. We had such a nice meeting they invited us out to their house for a meal.

We got to go yesterday. What a great day!  They picked us up at 1pm which in itself is a treat to be in a car (the little things that mean a lot now).  He drove us out to his house which is only about 15 miles from the city.  The view was beautiful as we drove over the mountains.  He drove us through his town which has the basics of nice stores, a huge workout place, restaurants, etc.  It is one of the best places to live around here.  However, to live there you really need a car.  They have bus service into the city but it’s not convenient to use to get around this area.

Snow on the mountains
Snow on the mountains
A suberb street
A suberb street

IMG_3054 - Copy - Copy

Popular modern homes
Popular modern homes
A house in their neighborhood
A house in their neighborhood
Another house seen through a car window with an iphone!
Another house seen through a car window with an iphone!

IMG_3064 - Copy - Copy

When we arrived to their house they welcomed us with some snacks and champagne in their backyard.  Chileans eat lunch late usually some time between 1-4 pm.  We met all the family that lives there with them.

Their beautiful home- not a typical Chilean house
Their beautiful home- not a typical Chilean house
Their backyard
Their backyard
They welcomed us with champagne and snacks before lunch.
They welcomed us with champagne and snacks before lunch.
Our hostess
Our hostess
The son and his girlfriend and her aunt (like a mom) that lives with them now. She's in her 80's and beautiful.  Speaks English too!
The son and his girlfriend and her aunt (like a mom) that lives with them now. She’s in her 80’s and beautiful. Speaks English too!
Their beautiful daughter- so sweet and smart and spoke great English
Their beautiful daughter- so sweet and smart and spoke great English

Next we waited while the food was being grilled.  It was delicious!  He also has a huge garden so many of the side dishes were from the garden.

Our talented chef and host!
Our talented chef and host!
Yellow, red, and orange tomatoes
Yellow, red, and orange tomatoes

IMG_3088 - Copy

A corn and rice dish
A corn and rice dish

After we ate he showed us around his garden.  He has 90 trees including apples, peaches, avocadoes, pomegranates, oranges, walnuts, almonds, lemons, and more.  He also grows, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, grapes, etc.  It was really neat to see how he had it all set up.  He loves doing it which is good because it is a lot of work.  He gave us some fruit when we left which included a Brazilian fruit which I had never seen before.  It’s small like a lime, its skin is like a kiwi, its inside is kind of like an apple, and it’s sweet kind of like a kiwi.  I love them.  I’m going to find out the name and see if we have them in VA!

His grapes
His grapes
His artichoke plants
His artichoke plants

IMG_3097

Some lemons on his trees.
Some lemons on his trees.
A pomegranate tree.  You can see 2 or 3 on it.
A pomegranate tree. You can see 2 or 3 on it.

IMG_3094 IMG_3108

 

We had a tour of the house and then headed back into the city.  He took us on an alternative route so we could see another area of Santiago.  We felt like we had a personal tour guide.  This day was one of the best we’ve had in Chile.  We can’t thank them enough for inviting us over to their home.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *