24 September 2016

Here are some final photos from the weekend in Rupanco. 

After constant rain all day on Saturday, we woke up Sunday morning to clear blue skies. Southern Chile is so strange in that way, one moment its bleak and gray as Medieval England, the next moment its a sparkling emerald. The sun seemed to motivate everyone out of their slumber, and soon the kitchen was full of bodies bustling about to prepare all sorts of goodies for breakfast. Following the southern tradition, we had a full spread complete with farm-fresh eggs, bread, cheese, toppings of all sorts, and even a tropical-inspired smoothie. With bellies full, we embarked upon the day like one big family, ready to take a peak into the lake and awe at the surrounding volcanoes. 

Thanks everyone for such a great time!

Christian, ever with a net!
Maryse finding treasures...
Happy Lobo!
baby nalca sprouting this Spring!
girls having fun!

Thank you Erwan for your photos (9,15,16)!!

19 September 2016

 While Pablo is in Iguazu, Argentina this week for a conference, I went on a weekend get-a-way with friends! 

On Saturday, we headed out to Lago Rupanco to celebrate Chilean Independence Day at the lake. With it being early spring, Saturday was chilly and rainy, but that didn't stop us from exploring, having a barbecue, and enjoying the time together. We made choripans and admired native trees, we heated up the wood-burning hot tub, and threw rocks into the lake for the dogs. Though I missed Pablo, I had a wonderful weekend with friends!

there's a wolf in the water!!

stir that hot tub!

11 September 2016

Spring has sprung!

The weather is now nice more often than not. We still have days or even weeks of rain and cold temperatures, but we also have more and more sunny warm days. From now until March, the frequency of nice days will just keep increasing... and with that, so will the number of social gatherings! 

Last weekend we took advantage of a particularly spectacular Sunday and hosted our first ever Sancocho. While the typical nice-weather food in Chile is barbecue, we thought that we would make homage to Pablo's culture by serving this typical colombian soup. We borrowed an industrial sized pot from some friends, scoured Valdivia for yucca and fresh corn, and made a wood-burning fire while we enjoyed the warm spring sunshine. The soup was delicious, though I will admit, no Sancocho will beat the one we enjoyed the day after our wedding. The day was wonderful, though. I can't wait for more to come!

neighborhood we are hoping to move to!
dogs are also loving the sun!
belly is getting bigger!
que cocinero tan hermoso!
Sancocho trimmings

 practicing with baby Vigo!
 another recent gathering at Erwan and Vale's house
 who knew a two year old could be so skeptical
above the clouds in Chavelita

27 August 2016

A few weekends ago Pablo's uncle decided to visit us over a long weekend. While the weather was pretty dismal, we made the most of it! After a classic paisa breakfast complete with homemade arepas, quesito, huevito, and colombian coffee, we headed out to Curiñanco for a hike. We lucked out that the rain didn't dampen our day, so we were able to completely enjoy the spectacular olivillo forest and ocean viewpoints. While Valdivia is a much nicer place to visit in summer, it is always enjoyable to have a visitor. Gracias Alberto!!

It only took me two hours to upload these photos and rework the wonky html code... grrr Google...