Christmas Break

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written.  We were so blessed to have a rather long Christmas vacation.  We had planned on going to Chile for Christmas, but we ended up getting to stay at our farm for a few days longer than we expected.  It was such a needed and rejuvenating trip for us.

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When we left, as you can see from above, we were having very short days.  Sunrise was at almost 9am and sunset around 3:30pm.  Even though we knew it was like this before we came it is hard living it when you aren’t used to it.  When we got to Santiago it was summer and as you can see the days are always sunny and warm and the days are long.  It was much needed!

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Although we were glad to be back visiting Santiago, it was very weird to be there for Christmas.  It did not feel like it at all.  That was the only downfall of the time away.  Shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops just aren’t right.  The above pictures are at two of the malls we went to.  They love their malls down there!  One day we saw all these people standing on the different levels and we were trying to figure out what was going on.  Then we figured it out- there was a snow blowing “gun” on the top level that started spraying fake snow out.  I was kind of surprised because we could see real snow on the top of the Andes Mountains which are not that far from there.

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We ended up staying in a different apartment than we had when we were living down there.  It was a very nice area, but once again the only problem was the parties.  Chileans love their parties and they don’t stop until 6am.  We only had to endure 2 or 3 but you can see from the pictures that the sounds could be easily heard from their patios.  The last picture is not a good picture but it shows the view we had from our friends’ apartment.  They are friends from church and had gone to the US for Christmas.  They have an amazing, huge penthouse which we stayed in for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  They were so generous to offer it to us.

I have more pictures to share of our time away.  Until tomorrow…….

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