Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Chile -- Day 1
We arrived in Santiago Sunday morning and circumnavigated the Coastal Range until we arrived in the Alhue Valley and the tiny village of Villa Alhue where Brother now lives. His family greeted us with a feast of native dishes which we ate beneath a grape arbor.
After lunch one of the young boys climbed an avacado tree and brought us fresh avacados. Later we climbed up into the hills and they picked fresh pomegranates which we ate as we hiked to a shrine. With Brother being the only one who was bi-lingual, we still managed to all smile and nod and laugh a lot together.
After we walked into the hills, we met again under the grape arbor for more food as the full moon and the Southern Cross lit the skies. Someone produced a guitar and C strummed a few chords until we realized that everyone was saying "Hotel California" then "Eagles" then Creedance, then Elvis. I guess certain words transcend translation. We spent hours singing and clapping to old Rock and Roll.