The first 48 hours

It’s been a whirlwind the last 48 hours since we got to Santiago – in the best possible way. I’m staying with a wonderful host, Viviana in an adobe house (that we fondly refer to as the hobbit house, which works fabulously for a shorty like me) in a community of houses in Peñalolen which is “off-the-grid” of the city. Which basically means that from one window of the house I’m in, I see the city lights and from the other window I see the Andes mountains. Not too shabby! The mountains will probably remain one of my favourite sites – as the plane descends into Santiago (try and get a seat on the left side of the aircraft like we we did!) you see them tower benevolently above everything in the background providing a gorgeous contrast to an urban landscape.

And then there’s the food – the community market in Peñalolen sources the freshest fruits and vegetables that taste divine, the empanadas from the local store are the melt-in-your-mouth variety (no pictures because they disappeared too quickly), a simple meal of meat and potatoes cooked by one of our fabulous hosts had just the right spices, and then last night was a Chilean-Indian lentil soup with queso fresco that Gonzalo whipped up after a gorgeous 9-mile hike to a waterfall in a park called Quebrada de Macul. Oh, and did I mention the wine? It’s a food group that complements just about everything.

More in my next post. Till then, adios!



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