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Viewing Chile from Close Up and Afar

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Our main event for today was a planned bike ride along the shore of Lago Llanquihue. From our hotel room on the 8th floor, we can see beautiful rolling hills dotted with family farms against a backdrop of mountains and volcanos.

The hotel concierge recommended a route along the bike path through the cute town proper and along the eastern shore of the lake. Earlier in the morning, Pearl and I had shopped at the local supermercado for picnic items to add to our pilfered fruit from the breakfast buffet. Ham spread, bakery bread rolls, and cherimoya flavored wafer cookies. (Thanks for the recommendation Uncle John! Still looking for ice cream...)

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About a half mile away from the town center, the cuteness of the area departed as we started to notice seedy hostels, adult bars, people living on the beach. The bike trail was separated from a busy highway by a metal barrier, which, combined with the wall along the beach, kept tightening narrower and narrower with dangerous electrical lines periodically bisecting the path. Understanding that this wasn’t going to get better, we decided to turn around, and Pearl suggested we have our picnic at some benches along the beach. Never mind the workers running the weed wackers and leaf blowers ten feet away. Keep an eye out for the moth-sized black flies that bite.

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We actually enjoyed our lunch together, but decided to return the bikes early and head to the pool.

As we returned to our hotel room, we saw two maids wearing surgical masks and rubber gloves sitting on the floor of the hall sorting through two giant trashbags, and in the room next to ours with the door open, we could see two policemen talking to the resident. Hmmm.

Seriously though, the hotel actually feels really nice. Lots of unexpected perks like great breakfast. Free welcome drinks. $5 bike rental. Game room. Very clean and comfy.

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And we love the pool. Despite its fecal/urine essence (not sure swim diapers have caught on here), it’s a pretty awesome pool. Because we swam earlier in the day today, we had the pool nearly to ourselves, so lots of hot tub and giant slide time. Photos promised for tomorrow.

Where in the world is Dave? Why, he’s in the Vienna Musikverein with the Chicago Symphony!

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The world-famous horn section playing world-infamous instruments: Wagner Tubas.

Just kidding about the infamous part... Don’t want to get Dave in trouble...The CSO is looking for Wagner Tubas to replace their current set, and these new instruments they tried were great! (Factoid from Dave: Invented by Wagner in the 1880’s the Wagner Tubas are featured prominently in the Ring Cycle and also Symphonies by Anton Bruckner.)

Posted by skwclar 14:13 Archived in Chile

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A fun mother-daughter adventure....with some interesting
mini sides. Love your blog!

by Roberta Miles

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