Weekends in Viña … and PICTURES!
Just a quick update and some pictures. We’re still using lobby wifi until some time this week, hopefully. Despite what some have said on Facebook, you CAN cook in our long, narrow kitchen. Aside from the yummy lunch, I made some fancy onces and a fairly delicious dinner last night. Don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up, as we’re somewhat deficient in equipment and don’t want to spend a lot of money buying things we’ll only use for five months.
Meals in Chile
Mealtimes and meals here traditionally follow a more European schedule, to which we are only slightly adapting. There’s a normal breakfast time, then lunch is a bit later, early afternoon (Joel will be having lunch at 1:30, after his normal school day and before any extracurricular activities), followed by onces in mid- to late-afternoon and a late dinner (after 7:00). Onces are a late afternoon snack which we have been having with our daily glass of wine, here’s the fancy once I prepared yesterday. While the name would imply you have them at 11:00 a.m., Hobbit style, they really are for the afternoon/evening, not sure where the name came from.
As we had our onces at 5:00, we did have a later dinner, which I think will become the norm. I cooked up two of the chicken breasts we bought earlier (see yesterday’s post for details) with tomatoes, onions, garlic & cilantro. It was quite delicious (sorry no picture, but the plan is to make it again tonight, so maybe later) with some leftover lentils, fresh bread from the panadería and the rest of the guacamole from lunch (don’t worry, we have four more paltas ripening on the counter).
Breakfast this morning was fried egg sandwiches on the little round breads/rolls I also bought yesterday. Someday I’ll do a whole post with pictures of the different traditional breads here, but for now you could read this post instead, which gives a nice overview (we used number 1 for our fried egg sandwiches today).
The Rest of Domingo
So the rest of today will involve some of our traditional Sunday activity of cleaning, maybe some laundry, Cecile in full-on getting ready to teach mode, and in the afternoon she’s meeting an American friend she made and Joel and I will go out and play turistas in Viña. I’ll tell you what we did tomorrow.
A Photo Gallery