Before moving to Porvenir, Fernando told me that it can sometimes get very windy here. But for the first three weeks it didn't seem that windy to me. So I thought maybe he didn't really know what windy meant and that I did, having spent four years in Vermont where the wind can be so so strong. Well, now it is windy here and when I say windy, I mean WINDY!!! The wind has not stopped blowing for THREE days and THREE nights. It just blows and blows and blows. The house even seems to shake a little. And the wind is so loud. And it keeps blowing and blowing and blowing! According to my father in-law it can last like this up to a week! It's really crazy how it has not stopped. Hopefully it will end soon!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Just realized that I have not posted any pictures of my new little town. So here are a few to give you a glimpse at what Porvenir looks like. It is situated on a bay on the Straits of Magellan and is about 10 blocks by 10 blocks with approximately 5,000 people.
Here is a shot of the town from across the bay:
Here is my in-laws' house where we are currently staying while our house is being worked on. They have huge beautiful windows and the house is situated right on the bay:
And this is the view of the bay at sunset from those beautiful windows:
Ok, so last night I accidentally ate a giant barnacle. I am not a big fan of seafood to begin with (love fish but stuff with shells and squishy insides are not my favorite) but since moving to a seafood haven I have decided to try to be more adventurous and at least taste any seafood put in front of me. So last night my father in-law served something called "picorocos." He knows the English translation for most food items but this one he did not know. So not knowing what I was eating, I slathered it with mayonnaise and lemon and took a bite. The taste was actually not bad but the texture and look of it was just too much so one bite was all I could muster. Then I promptly went to the Internet to look up the English translation and low and behold.... GIANT BARNACLE! Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. No one can say I am not adventurous food-wise after seeing these pics!
Bowl of Picorocos:
The many textures of two picorocos on a plate:
What the heck are those things on top??
You may be wondering, if it's a GIANT barnacle, why do they seem so small? Well apparently the barnacle itself (which lives on rocks at the bottom of the ocean) is huge and these little buggers are inside. Ick ick and more ick.
So the word on the street is that they don't sell broccoli here in Porvenir. In fact, according to my father in-law up, until recently, the only vegetables they sold were potatoes, cabbage and beets. And it's not because they can't bring other vegetables. Now they sell a whole *variety* of veggies including carrots, peppers, artichokes, tomatoes, and cauliflower (I could go on but not much longer...). The reason they don't bring broccoli is because there is no demand for it. People are accustomed to eating what they eat and that's the end of it. I am hoping to create some demand for broccoli. Just the thought of no broccoli makes me start craving it! Oh and also they only have iceberg lettuce, which of course is the most boring, least nutritious lettuce ever. Looks like I'll be making some major adjustments in diet and getting creative in the kitchen!
We made the move down to Porvenir from Santiago just over two weeks ago. It was quite a journey, starting with a 3.5 hour plane ride at 2:40 a.m. to Punta Arenas, followed by a 2 hour wait in the airport, then a ride in a sketchy truck to the docks and finally a 2.5 hour ferry ride across the Straits of Magellan. Did I mention this was with a 11.5 month old baby, her nanny, and 2 cats? Well we all survived and now are all safe and sound in Porvenir! Here is a picture of the ferry.
This boat is relatively new, having made its debut last year. This is the only ferry from Punta Arenas to Porvenir. It's quite comfortable. Here's what it looks like on the inside (with the hubby).
Yep, television and all. Too bad all they show are really cheesy Chilean TV programs!!! The old ferry had hard plastic chairs and was slower and rougher on the water so I feel very lucky that we got here in time for the slick new ferry!