Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another Porvenir Road Race

Remember when I WON the women's race last year at the annual road race? Well this year there was a special race sponsored by the government in honor of Chile's bicentennial. It took place the weekend that my dad was here so the three of us (dad, Fernando and I) signed up for the race. The distance was 8k for me and everyone else under 35, but those "oldies" over 35 (i.e. Fernando and my dad) only had to run 4k. Kind of a funny message they're sending, right? Well the competition was much stiffer this year and I came in third in my category but my dad WON the sixty and over category! Woohoo! Ok so there was only one other guy but still, FIRST PLACE IS FIRST PLACE! Not only did he get a medal but also a water bottle, a computer bag and a shirt. Good times! Here are some photos of his triumphant day.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Broccoli Crisis, Grapes Galore

You may remember that when I first moved to Porvenir, I learned that broccoli (among many other produce items) was unavailable. And then I discovered the frozen broccoli and all was well with the world again. These days, even the frozen broccoli is not around (low demand, supply problem? not sure), but the other day at one of the fruit and veggie places I go to, there were grapes. Ok, no big deal. But upon closer inspection these were not Chilean grapes. They were from the United States! That's a big carbon footprint to leave just for some grapes.

So in conclusion, apparently it's not too complicated to get American grapes in Porvenir but broccoli, fresh or frozen, from anywhere, is too much to ask!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More Bilingual Fun

I have mentioned Olivia's incredible bilingual development before and she continues to amaze me everyday. While I always speak to her in English and Fernando in Spanish, we have never labeled the languages with their names. We just speak them. Then a couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, Olivia said: "Car in Spanish is 'auto.' " What? So I asked her a couple more and she got them all right so now it's a game we play. I finally got it filmed last week and wanted to share. Please ignore the gum chewing (that's a different story related to motivation for a very slow potty training process...!)

Translating Toddler:

In case you can't understand all her words and don't speak Spanish: chair = silla, bread = pan, bed = cama, owl = buho, cow = vaca, couch = sofa, horse = caballo, dog = wow-wow/perro.

Translating Toddler Body Parts:

hair = pelo, eyes = ojos, mouth = boca, nose = nariz, knees = rodillas, hands = manos

So much fun!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Viva Chile!

What an incredible story with an amazing outcome. I was glued to the TV all day yesterday watching the rescue, moved to tears every time a miner arrived to the surface. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

Some great photos are here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Olivia in Ushuaia

Here is my final post on our trip to Ushuaia. Olivia had a great time. She loves to travel, see new things and socialize with new people. And when you live in Porvenir, just about anywhere you go is a great adventure with lots of new activities. Here are some photos of Olivia enjoying herself on our trip.

At an arcade, riding the horsey:

Swimming in the balls:

On the merry-go-round:

Up and down on the seesaw:

Don't be deceived by this picture. She spent very little time asleep in the car! Thank goodness for portable DVD players.

Friday, October 8, 2010

In case it still isn't clear... windy it is here:

Please note that there was no wind at the time this picture was taken. Please also note that the right side of the tree has not been chopped off.

The wonders of nature and its ability to adapt and evolve! (versus my lack of ability to adapt to the wind...)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Grandpa's visit

My dad left on Friday after six relaxing days in Porvenir. He got really really lucky with with weather - lots of sunshine and very little wind. (I recently heard a rumor that last year we suffered through effects from "el nino" and that this year spring and summer should be milder from "la nina." Fingers crossed!!!!)
Here are some pictures of his trip.

Walking along the water on a wind-free afternoon:

Fun going down the tunnel slide!

Face painting at a little fair:

Eating ice cream at our usual ice cream spot:

Love that look on her face (and the outfit, that she picked out of course):

Post run (the only day it was cold enough to need tights, hats and gloves):

Saying goodbye at the tiny airport, getting ready to get on the tiny plane:

Olivia had a great time with her grandpa and is looking forward to more grandparent fun in Columbus at Christmas time!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

Even a road trip in the middle of nowhere at the end of the earth involves passing signs here and there (but no billboards, thank goodness!). Here are a collection of interesting signs we saw when driving to and from Ushuaia.

Beautiful sky on Argentina Route 3, the road that runs through Tierra del Fuego.

And here is the guanaco crossing sign I was wondering about. It does exist, at least on the Argentina side of the island!

Love this sign. WIND!!!

The signs on the Chilean side were less interesting. We always complain about how in Argentina the government has taken an active interest in developing Tierra del Fuego (paved roads, better infrastructure, better tourism) whereas in Chile, this is not the case. This sign perfectly represents the lack of investment in Chilean Tierra del Fuego. "Welcome to Chile" where we just can't be bothered to fix the sign greeting people as they enter our country...