Saturday, January 31, 2009
Kay bought a pair of loudly striped pants from the lovely senorita; doubt that they will get much wear outside of the house, but she was adorable.
- One of our field trips was a visit to the Museo Antonio Felmer. This museum of Germanic antiques was on the property of Antonio Felmer and supported and maintained by a family meber. The grounds were beautiful as well as the antiques on the enterior. They had a zip line and Bob took a ride. Wheeeeeee!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Rodeo is the second most popular sport (following soccer) in Chile. It was declared the national sport in 1962. It has since thrived, especially in the more rural areas of the country. Chilean rodeo is different from the rodeo found in North America. In Chilean rodeo, a team (called a collera) consisting of two riders (called Huasos) and two horses rides laps around an arena trying to stop a calf, pinning him against massive cushions. Points are earned for every time the steer is properly driven around the corral, with deductions for faults. Rodeos are conducted in a crescent-shaped corral called a medialuna.
Puerto Varas, Chile is a charming city on the shores of Lake Llanquihue and is one of most popular tourist destinations in the country. Spectacular views across the lake at majestic snow-capped volcanoes surrounded in native forest abound as well as countless options for exploring the surrounding countryside with picture-perfect German-settled farms. Only 15 minutes from Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas is popular because it is quieter than the busy port city to the south. It has fantastic adventure opportunities nearby including:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The cobblestone streets were made from the bricks and stones that the ships carried in their hull as ballast.
Bob & Sandy Paulin, Oscar, Clark, Bob and Kay Fuller escaped from the confines of tourbus travel and ventured to Valparaiso on our own. We took the Santiago subway to the bus station, then took a lovely motor coach to the bus station in Valparaiso and took a guided tour of the city in a van. The driver-guide spoke excellent English and took us to many interesting places.
This is our first briefing in Santiago, warning us to beware of pickpockets. We had a police officer stop and tell our tour guide that we were being followed on our first city walk. Unfortunately, two people had their wallets stollen in Santiago.
Santiago prides itself on its beautiful buildings and green spaces. There are many parks that are constantly being tended and watered.