Friday, January 28, 2011

Summer Fun

One day this week it was actually warm enough for semi-summer wear. (ex: Olivia wore a skirt and sandals but also a zip up sweatshirt. I wore a short sleeve t-shirt but with corduroy pants. When was the last time you wore corduroys in the summer?) Olivia had a great time running around and rolling in the grass.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Olivia Sliding and Jumping

As I mentioned in my last post, when we go to Punta Arenas we spend a lot of time at the mall. One of the reasons for this is because they have a play area for little kids. Olivia loves it. Here is a video of her climbing up the slide and jumping down.

But as excited as Olivia always is to go away, she is usually even more excited to get home (I miss my toys, mama). Her big Christmas present this year was a trampoline with a handle bar on it (hauled all the way from Columbus, Ohio to Tierra del Fuego). She was very excited to get back home and get jumping (with all her toys of course). Here she goes...

And how cute is her skirt?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hot Dogs - A Chilean Favorite

This past weekend we were in Punta Arenas. As usual, much of our time was spent at the mall. I took a couple of photos I wanted to share.

The mall is relatively new (maybe 3 years old?) and has a small food court. Would you say that it's successful?

But upon closer examination, no one seems to be ordering food here:

Or here:

It's because they are all at "Doggies" the hot dog place! Yes that's right. Chileans LOVE hot dogs.

And not just your regular old ketchup and mustard hot dog. They load 'em up with avocado, tomatoes, mayonnaise and sauerkraut.

I have a strict policy against hot dogs (a quick Google search may convince you to implement this policy as well...) and have never eaten at Doggies but the Chileans just can't get enough of it!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy

Summer is upon us here in Tierra del Fuego which, if you remember from last year, means all kinds of "big changes" in our lifestyle. You know, things like only having to wear a long sleeve shirt and poofy vest outside and being able to turn the heat off during the day sometimes. My favorite summer lifestyle change is the availability of yummy fruit. Yesterday's lunch included a fruit salad with: watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, plums, bananas and strawberries. YUM! The main course by the way was hamburgers made with nothing less than locally raised, free ranging, grass eating happy cows.
I am feeling a little *lucky* enjoying my summer lunch while you Midwesterners are suffering in the -1 Fahrenheit temperatures and snow storms!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Strike

Our return to Porvenir after being away for over a month was delayed last week upon arriving to Punta Arenas from Santiago. We got there just in time for an unprecedented regional strike, protesting the proposed 17% increase in the price of natural gas (a very important subsidized resource here, given the climate!). Nothing like this had ever happened here before and we were not sure what to expect. Unfortunately Olivia and I were stuck in Punta Arenas for 4 extra days, waking up each day not knowing if the strike would end and we could go home. I was too angry/depressed/apathetic about the whole thing to take pictures which is too bad because I could have had some good shots of tire fires and make shift road blockades. Instead I snagged some shots I found online to share with you.

Gotta love a hooligan induced tire fire. Tires, when burnt to a crisp, turn into heaps of wire. Who knew?

Because all the major entrances and exits of Punta Arenas were blocked off by the strikers (with mostly taxi cabs and semi trucks), people were forced to walk to and from the airport (which remained open throughout the whole ordeal).

And the strikers' battle cry:

The strike ended up lasting one full week. We were lucky enough finding out two hours prior to a special ferry crossing on Saturday so we could get home before everything was blocked again (until Tuesday). But because we had to walk a couple of blocks (where we were staying was unreached by car because of the blockades), I could not bring all of our suitcases full of our loot from the US. So I am still waiting to unpack from our Christmas trip!

It was a very disappointing experience that I hope to never relive. The good news, at least for the locals, is that they managed to negotiate a 3% increase instead of the original 17%.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This. Is. Awesome.

Well hello there. I think I am back. 2011 has gotten off to kind of a rough start but I wanted to kick off the year with something fun. Check this out: a while back, a friend of mine who reads the blog forwarded me an email ad from Patagonia (the outdoor clothing company) with this picture:

Does it remind you of anything? A picture I posted back in October perhaps?

I have analyzed the photo, the angle, the sun, the fencing (and the caption under the ad which says he is biking through Tierra del Fuego, Chile) and am 99% that it is the same tree, just taken from the other side. How freakin' cool is that?!!!