Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hanging around the house

Sorry no pictures lately. We have been hanging around Armando's Mom's home.
His Mom had an air conditioner installed and I am loving the cool air it provides. I was a bit concerned when she first said she wanted it, thinking she was doing that just for me, because I was here but they assured me, they want it too! Mucho calor. It is very hot!
I am looking forward to several things on this trip:
Armando's sister having her baby
Armando's Mom teaching me to make fresh bread
The maid teaching me to make a Peruvian dessert next Wednesday with apples and bananas
After the baby is born and we spend some time with it, seeing more of Chile and maybe Argentina.
I miss home some but here is nice too. I miss our pets a lot!
I finished reading My Antonia yesterday and it was a great book. I was sorry to have it end.
Here is a picture of the garden. Sometimes we sit at that table and have drinks in the evening. You can see to the left a mural Armando painted for his Mother.



Sunday, January 27, 2008

Yesterday at Ricardo's house

We had a great time yesterday at Armando's best friend's house. We had lunch and spent the day there.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from yesterday.

Ricardo's beautiful cactus garden and the grapevine arbor.




Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pueblito Los Dominicos

This is a historical church with a lot of artesan shops in Santiago. I like it. It is very shady and there are beautiful items for sale in the shop. I must add that there are also many adorable and sweet cats roaming the area along the way.





Me trying not to get tail swiped by this little darling cat. LOL

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The above clay pots are often used to bake a traditional dish called Pastel de Choclo.

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If you're ever in Santiago, Chile. I think it would be a sin to not visit the Bravissimo Gelateria!  hehehe


Armando's Mom recommended this so I got it. WOW!!!! I couldn't eat it all.

Armando and his Mom both got these:


Look at how many flavors they have of icecream!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

"Once" yesterday

The evening meal in Chile is called "Once" pronounced in English like Onsay.

We had supper at Hancel y Gretel.



A Chilean sandwich made with steak tomato, hot peppers and green beans.

Armando has this and I tried a few bites. It was delicious! I am definitely going to get one of those sandwiches the next time we go somewhere that offers them.

I had this:


A Lucuma Milkshake and Apple Strudel.  It was very good.



Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Parque del Recuerdo





IMGP1739 Yesterday, we visited Parque del Recuerdo or Remembrance Park. It is a cemetery and Park. It was so, so beautiful. Everywhere I looked were flowers, water,trees, even ducks, swans,a lake and fountain. Armando's Father and Grandmother are buried here and I think it has to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever visited.

Monday, January 14, 2008


I am confused with the keyboard and haven't yet figured out how to make a smiley face. I never realized how much I like to type smiley's before until NOW! I could use the keyboard on my notebook but that would be too much effort for a smileyface. Don't ya think?

So just imagine me smiling because....

I found a McDonald's tonight!!!

Here's the McDonald's nearest to Armando's Mom's home.


Look their McDonald's has a McCafe with nice chairs, coffee and desserts. Our McDonald's in Alabama doesn't have that and we also don't have strawberry sundaes! We only have caramel and chocolate sundaes.


I guess this post is no surprise to most of you. I do enjoy eating! LOL I also found Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza and I know they have Taco bell here too.

Buenas Noches!

Good Night. It's after 1 a.m. here.

El Sanctuario de Maipú






We visited this church today. It was beautiful.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Santiago, Chile Jan 11, 2008



The mountains that surround Santiago. Notice the snow covered mountains toward the back.


An overlook of the city of Santiago.

Sorry the pictures did not work earlier.I made a mistake!

I just finished eating empanadas for lunch. They're delicious. They're bread filled with meat, onions, boiled egg and olives.

It's hot here today!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Written on the airplane

It's 12:50 a.m. Alabama time, 3:50 a.m. Chile time. We're about halfway there.

It was a beautiful warm sunny day when we left from Alabama. The perfect day to help our bodies transition from winter weather to the summer weather that we will meet when we reach Santiago.

Our flight from Birmingham, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia took thirty minutes and went very smooth. We boarded the flight at Atlanta a bit late, but we were not the last people on the plane, because we forgot this time that Atlanta is an hour ahead!

I was tired and fell asleep for a little while on Armando's shoulder after we got on the plane. We are sitting in a three seat row at the back of the plane but nobody is in the third seat which is nice. You do feel the movements of the plane more on the back of the plane

We had some confusion at Atlanta airport trying to find the International terminal from where we were at, we did eventually find it! We were not the only people that had problems with that. Later, we saw some people who we had seen earlier and the lady said, We should have followed you! We went outside the airport security area and had to come back through and I had just bought some things and they took them away from me!

I will close for now and write you more when we are in Chile.

Take care of yourselves until I return!


Yep, that's me typing this message! :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Bye for a day or so

I will meet you back here when we are in Chile. I am packing my notebook away for the trip. We should arrive January 10th in the morning, probably pretty tired after a long travel.

Relax, kick your shoes off and have a browse around at some of my old blog posts, if you want to. ;)

I'll be back!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Chochi in our suitcase


Chochi is waiting inside the suitcase. I think she wants to go to Chile with us.

I am going to miss our pets while we're away. They're so precious and lovable that a part of my heart feels sad at leaving them for a few months.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Pre-trip rambling

It is hard to believe that in two more days we will be flying to Chile to stay for a little over two months. Armando’s sister will have a baby at the end of this month. That is very exciting!

I want us both to take advantage of this trip because it is an opportunity that we may not have for a long time once we are both settled into jobs and working.

I am taking along a journal to take notes of my trip and I will be taking photographs like a madwoman! I am just now realizing how much you value photographs as time passes. They pretty much take you back to the feelings you had during the time of the photograph.

It will be summer, and I am so looking forward to seeing more of the country.

I want to share the trip by email and my blog with my family and my blogging friends. My sister already told me that I must take a lot of pictures because she is traveling to Chile vicariously through me!

We may get to travel to Argentina too, but we are not sure yet. It depends on if I have to pay $100 just to enter the country. In Chile, you have to pay $100 and I’ve paid it already the last time we went. If I have to pay $100, we won’t be going because to me, that is quite a bit of money and we could spend that money in Chile having fun instead.

I looked on the TSA website and it says that I can bring a crochet needle on the airplane. Excellent! So, I plan to bring the baby blanket along that I have been crocheting for Viviana’s baby and crochet in flight and on waits at the airport.

Note to self: Think long and hard before doing large projects in tiny crochet thread in the future. LOL

For reference, we will be staying in Santiago, Chile. See map below.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Sicko by Michael Moore

Last night we watched the movie Sicko by Michael Moore . It is a very good documentary that really brings home the point that our healthcare system in the United States needs a major makeover.

I remember being a child and shocked by some of the people who were hospitalized around the same time I was and seeing how many were being sent home when they obviously were not well enough to go home. It was not the doctor's decision, it was the Insurance company deciding that the person was ready to go home.

It makes me sad to know that many elderly people now cannot afford medications they really need. They go to the drug store and have to make a choice on what they can afford to buy this month.

In the past, my Doctor's had to threaten an insurance company with exposure to a tv show just so they would revoke a letter that  they had sent to me threatening to stop a medication I needed if I didn't pay them tons of money back, because they had made an error in approving the medication. After a few of my doctors stood up for me and mentioned the tv show, they covered me again. That's pitiful, Isn't it? People have to go to these extremes for medically necessary things. Medicine and healthcare is a need, it is not a want. There is a big difference between needs and wants.

It is heartbreaking to think of how many people suffered or died in the end because of Insurance companies and their dollar mark decisions. 

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Busy day

Armando and I had a busy day today. We awoke, I scheduled an appointment with my doctor early to get an assessment on an abrasion on my back. Yep, of all times, now I have two wounds but this new one is not that bad. I just hit my back and made an abrasion while transferring. I got the ok for the trip so we felt more comfortable going and paying the money for the tickets which were already reserved.

We drove to Birmingham and paid for the tickets at the counter. The airline guy gave us coupons for free drinks on the flight. We will fly from Birmingham, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia and then from Atlanta to Santiago, Chile. It is approximately a nine hour flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Santiago, Chile.  We like to fly Delta because it is a direct flight from Atlanta to Santiago and the service is good.

Last time we went to Chile we used LAN Chile to fly and when we arrived to Miami, Florida we had issues with LAN and them having our seats and they wanted us to wait for a later flight.  That was a stressful trip with a lot of discussing and rudeness. Even though the airplanes were nice once you got your seat and on the plane, we were stressed for a while and concerned about not getting our seats when we were supposed to, after having paid for them in advance. That is not something you want to have happen on a long trip like that.

After visiting the airport, we went to Cost Plus World Market. I enjoyed it. We got some of this:

Authentic Spanish Turron - Duro (7 Ounce) by

It is super delicious if you ever see turon, Try it! Armando first sent it to me in a package from Chile and I love it! When we go to Chile, if I see it, I am always ready to buy it and usually end up eating it shortly after. It is a deliciously sweet and yummy candy.

I also bought a few other things I remember from my childhood.

German Pumpernickel Bread

I love this bread fresh from the oven with butter on it. We ate it often when we lived in Germany. Most of the restaurants served it warm with butter.

and Leibniz butter biscuits. Oooooh! I just couldn't help myself. I love these cookies and I rarely see them anymore.

As you can tell, I had fun shopping at that store. Later, we will go back and browse their wine section.

We went to the bookstore and you all know by now that I love books.

I got this book for the trip.

Isabel Allende "My Invented Country"

I think it will be enjoyable to read this book while staying in Chile for two months.

We got new casters installed on my wheelchair today. I am so thankful and we got new armrest pads for my wheelchair. We are awaiting the tires to come in and my wheelchair should be in good shape for the trip. I cannot get a new wheelchair until later when I am back, it will take quite a while for insurance processing.

Well, that was pretty much our day.

I hope you have a good night. Now I am getting excited about going to Chile since we have the tickets. I am going to try my best to immerse myself in the Spanish language. I have to work more on the Spanish verbs. It will be very challenging trying to just use Spanish and not revert to English. But, I hope it will be a great learning experience.

I plan to share my trip with you in pictures and blog entries.

Sweet Dreams!


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope your New Year is full of blessings!

We shot fireworks last night. It was fun. I hadn't done that since I was a child.

We have changed our date on the Chile trip. Now we will be leaving January 9th and returning March 14th.

I had to restore my computer system this evening and that worried me somewhat with it being so close to trip time. But with system restore, all the problems are solved and the wireless network is functioning properly again as well as the sound.

Please forgive my lack of posts recently. We may be busy for these next few days preparing for the trip but I will be sharing entries when we are in Chile.