Food, Wine & More in Viña del Mar
The big news is … Joel got out of school at the same time today as yesterday! Now that we have that excitement out of the way, let’s catch up on some things.
Can’t You People Leave Us Alone?
So we knew when we came in to town that there was a huge international music festival going on, and the city would be packed. It’s similar to having lived in Washington, D.C., when you really can’t wait for the tourists to leave during the spring & summer so you can get back to enjoying your city. And much the same thing happens here in February as in D.C. in August: the residents leave. We had several locals complaining to us about the crowds and telling us how much better it would be in March.
And sure enough, after the last weekend, things did seem less crowded and quieter, and we there was much rejoicing. It was a little odd, having been in the city less than two weeks but having the attitude of a resident rather than a tourist, but it came naturally to us.
All Good Things Must Come to an End
But alas, the day after the banners for the music festival came down off the streetlights, new ones went up. Even with my limited Spanish, I could figure out they were letting us know that the South American X Games would be coming March 7-18. It may be my imagination, but I think I already started noticing increasing crowds again today. We’ll see how bad it gets, and it might actually be interesting to try and watch some. I’m thinking they might hold events down at the beach down the street, but don’t know for sure. I’ll have to look that up.
Food, Food, Food
We’re still enjoying the food, especially the plethora of cheap avocados, which Joel (and possibly all of us) would live on if possible. He found out there are avocado plantations here, and is ready to live here. We’ve begun grinding up the fruit into smoothies, yummy. However, the small kitchen and limited tools does make cooking a bit of a challenge.
Also, we can’t seem to find baking powder; baking soda, yes, so we’ll have to adapt there as well. Also I’m used to having cookbooks, so I guess I’ll have to rely more on online recipe sources.
And Wine, Wine, Wine
Now we knew we would have to pull our weight in the wine drinking department down here, and we’re doing our best. But the last three days Cecile has brought home bottles of wine from work, and this after I bought two bottles at the supermarket earlier this week. We might have to up our game to two glasses a night. Sacrifices must be made. We are keeping a photo album of our wine bottles with thumbs up/thumbs down and also collecting our corks.
And now I think I need to go pour myself a glass of dessert wine.