Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Chile -- Day 1

Hola, Friends!
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.


The Texican said...

Looks like you are having fun. Tell brother C I said hello. Charlie was able to pull the oldies out of the hat it appears. Glad he was able to fill the requests. The rest of the fam make the trip? Just didn't see them in the pictures.

Ruth said...

Glad you had a safe trip. My parents and brother went to Santiago last September and were so impressed by the beauty of the country and the hospitality of the people. Looking forward to hearing more.

beckie said...

I have been eagerly awaiting your post! And it was worth the wait. I enlarged the picture of the grape arbor-just beautiful! You all look like you're having such fun. Take lots of pictures to share and enjoy!

SJ said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation, can't wait to hear about it all when we both get back.

TheElementary said...

There's nothing to bring a beautiful and fresh perspective like being in a group of people that can't speak to you but can still express their happiness and friendliness.
Oh, to climb a tree now and bring down some food...it looks like a wonderful time you are having.

Kathiesbirds said...

Oh Beth, it all sounds like so much fun. How exotic! Does the sun feel good on your skin? Seen any good birds yet?