One of the times we went to Porvenir back in November, we were unable to take the ferry back on the day we had planned because it was completely full. So instead we went "the long way around" which means driving through Tierra del Fuego to the narrow part of the Strait and taking the short ferry and then driving all the way back around to Punta Arenas. It's a long drive. This particular time, there was a sheep crossing right in front of us. Here are some of the photos.
Mama and baby sheep making their way across:
The dog rounding them up:
As Fernando stood outside the car, snapping away, picture after picture, the girls and I waited and watched the seemingly quiet crossing from within the car. He then motioned for me to roll the window down and this is what we heard:
Those sheep don't look like they are "talking" in the pictures, but man are they noisy!
Two weekends ago, we took a walk to a park near our house that we had never been to. It's about a 10-15 minute walk which doesn't sound so far but when nice days are few and far between, you tend to drive to the park and freeze your a-s-s off while your kid runs around and plays. So the weather seemed nice and we took off with Olivia in the stroller (she has taken a renewed interest in sitting in a stroller since you-know-who came along) and Victoria in the baby carrier. In the basket under the stroller, I stuffed in a blanket to sit on, some badminton rackets and birdie and some toys for Victoria. About three minutes into the walk, the sun went behind a cloud. Hmmm, a little chilly now. About three minutes later, the sky turned dark and the wind starting wooshing around. Another three minutes passed and it began to sprinkle. By the time we got to the park, it was raining and windy. A blanket to sit on??? How could I have been so naive? I guess that those three weeks in Santiago screwed up my weather expectations. I have NEVER sat on a blanket at a park here!
So Fernando and Victoria hurried back home but there was no convincing Olivia. We stayed at the park as the weather worsened and she paid it no mind. In fact, she had her first horse ride!
I like this picture below because it shows the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego.
Happy little girl finishing her horse ride.
The horse ride was followed by a 15 minute jump on a huge trampoline because despite the weather, Olivia was out for a good time. (Notice she is the ONLY one on the trampoline. Everyone else had packed up and headed home at this point.)
The weather started to clear for a minute:
Next time no badminton (ha!), just a winter coat, hat and rain jacket...just in case!
Olivia has not been going to her morning day care center since the beginning of November. After a long long break, this Wednesday was her first day back. Historically, she is not a big fan of day care. The main (really the only) reason is because I am not there. Other than being mama-free, she loves the activities and kids. Well I am happy to report that not only has re-entry to morning day care gone well, she is so happy with it that she asked to stay for longer! Woohoo! She has grown and matured so much in the past couple of months. Here she is, post day care, a tired little girl (rocking the Little Mermaid with polka dots and zebra stripes cause any other way wouldn't be right).
Here's hoping for a happier, more fun year at day care!
After 3 weeks of sun and fun in Santiago, I've been feeling really kind of negative about living in the south, in the cold, away from friends and family. Soooo, in order to survive start feeling better about life at the end of the earth, I am going to periodically post reasons why living here is good. I'm shooting for 25 reasons so, counting backwards, here is the first one.
I am originally from Columbus, Ohio. My adventurous spirit, love of France and desire to conquer a foreign language led me to an MBA at HEC outside of Paris in 2002. There I met my future husband, a Chilean. After 3 1/2 years in Paris, we made the move to Santiago, Chile where we lived and worked for 4 years. Two and a half years ago we had a baby girl, Olivia - the sweetest, smiliest, most perfect girl ever! Now we've made a bigger move to Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, a small town at the southern most tip of Chile so my husband can help with a family seafood business. Here I blog about our life here and the fun interesting things I discover along the way!