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The Heart of Chile

55 °F

The promised pool photo. Go ahead and laugh. We did too.
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Feeling a little weary from traveling, Pearl and I were perfectly fine that this morning we woke up to rain. Never travel without a card game or two.
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After a painful clarinet practice session—(just kidding, I’ve actually practiced everyday on this trip except for the seasick day and the giant hike day. I’m ready for Ring Cycle rehearsals on the day after we return and a solo recital four days later!)—the weather brightened up and allowed us to wander into town stopping first at a playground and then an ice cream shop.

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The rest of the day was spent at the pool—swimming, hot tubbing, sliding, reading books, napping. A divine way to vacation with my daughter.

Three!
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Two!
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ONE!
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Can’t let Pearl have all the fun...
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Hot tubbing
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We shared the hot tub with a sweet Chilean couple who were on vacation—if I had to guess, I think it might have been a honeymoon. They shyly tried out their (impressive to me) English skills, and we all shared stories from our respective trips.

While I may have noticed some grit and grime in this country, I have also noticed the incredible sweetness of the people. Without fail, Chileans have giant hearts, regardless of their skills in English. More than once, I have felt a little guilty about not being able to meet them halfway with some Spanish. My high school Spanish skills have long since departed, although some knowledge of French, along with musical terms in Italian, can get me fairly far. Plus lots of fake sign language and a smile.

We leave you today with photos from our walk home last night after a delicious dinner of sea bass. The volcanos were stunning in the soft evening light.
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Posted by skwclar 14:29 Archived in Chile

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