First, I would like for you to admire my Teva tan. I personally think it is quite impressive
Me and Taylor Booth split it even though she can't have bread. As it says in the description in the picture o the menu, it was chicken breast, tomato, lettuce, french fries, and sauce of garlic and peppers. SO GOOD! When in Chile, eat Peruvian food.
Afterwards, we walked around. We passed by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts)
And across from that there was a book festival (they were also playing MJ very loud in the streets!)
We walked around a few very expensive shops and did not buy anything. However, some people were up for ice cream. I tried rose petal ice cream and hazelnut ice cream-both excellent!
Sarah E., this french girl we just met, Clémence, and I wanted to go home. On the way, we saw a tent with animals up for adoption!
When I got home, our host sister Paulina was getting ready to leave for the beach. So that means no more adorable Benjamin :(
Sunday, we went to a cute little artesian town called los Dominicos-the last top on the metro. Thankfully, Ximena was going that direction anyway, and offered to drive us.
It was immediately very appealing to me. Especially with the Andes mountains in the background
In the entrance, there is a lot of cages with animals on the inside.
Baby chicks and ducklings, a friendly Macaw, a female peacock...
Little baby bunnies
An adorable siamese kitten with baby blue eyes, and even a chinchilla!
There were cats lounging around everywhere. I liked these two because the first one was laying on top of a jewelry case in a nice store, and the second one has similar markings of my kitty Toulouse.
The shops looked very interesting, and everything was made of wood. While some markets here sell regular things that were produced in a factory, this community felt very homemade.
These are some of my favorite things. The left picture is of "Piedra de Flor"-literally rocks that look like flowers naturally the way the crystal forms! On the left is beautiful glassware that has real dried fruit and vegetables stuck into the glass.
There was one building that was like a miniature art museum/garden.
This shop-translated "The Ocean Within" sells replicas of boats. It's only one room and the boat-maker's workshop area is right there in the window! We had a conversation about the name of the shop because I told him I liked it. There is an amazing movie with the same name which alludes to the poem by Ramón Sampedro:
That evening, Ximena made us baked tilapia and scalloped potatoes! It was delicious. I also put the ladder on top of the grill to climb onto the roof and pick a lemon.
This week, we tried another Peruvian restaurant after school one day. For the Menú del Día, We got pineapple juice, fresh hot bread with a white herb (parsley?) sauce, salad with lemon and carrots, and a main dish Picante de Carne.
(I took some of this bad boy home for the next day)
This is a typical way to eat food. We had this the other night at my house where ground beef was cooked with veggies (some leafy green, carrots, onions), and it's served with rice.
This week we also had a bit of an emergency. Monday was cloudy and we got a couple raindrops, but it was a lightening storm in the mountains. In the Cajon de Maipo, it caused a mudslide that contaminated the river from which santiago get's it's water supply. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, school was shut down in the middle of my first class! However, we only lost water on Tuesday. Unfortunately, that was the day that Ximena would be out of the house all day and was expecting me to have dinner ready when she got home- I told her I would love to make dinner for her one night. The plan was to make baked macaroni and cheese and hand-breaded baked chicken nuggets. It was a bit of a challenge since they don't have cheddar cheese here, the chicken breast I got was attached to a ribcage and skin, and I had no way to clean up with no water, but I persevered, and I was pleased with the results! Ximena was so excited she took a picture of the table, and broke out the Gran Reserva Vino Tinto (fancy red wine).