Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I left my heart... In Valparaíso!!

Parting is such sweet sorrow! I cannot believe we are leaving today. Eric will be taking all of us with our ten pieces of luggage over to Santiago for our flight home. The kids are feeling the pull of their friends and school and American food. They have a list of things they want to eat upon arrival.

Eric will be moving too. He is going to live with a Chilean family that hosts foreign students from our school. The house is in Cerro Florida. I knew I would get him to live in Florida someday!

Thank you for reading the blog! It has been great to share our experiences. Blogger has a list of the countries of people who have stumbled upon our blog and it has been interesting! A big hello to Mexico, Germany, China, Spain, Portugal, Indonesia, France, Italy, and England!!

Goodbye Happy Hill in Paradise Valley! Adiós Cerro Alegre en Valparaíso!

Dinner with friends!

Last night one of Eric's colleagues invited us all over to dinner. It was so fun! Augustín, his wife Cecilia, and their three children, Eduardo, Rodrigo, and Paula made us feel so welcome! AND. Cecilia made Mexican food, Chilean style! It was wonderful and so thoughtful.

Eduardo and Rodrigo are in college. They're also Harry Potter fans. Need I say more? Elaine and Sean were enthralled. We spent the evening chatting in our newly minted Spanish while sitting around a merry fire.

It was really lovely to spend the evening with them. It is nice to think that they are here with Eric when we will be so far away.

Monday, August 29, 2011

South Pacific!

Here are some pictures from our trip to the beach on Saturday. The kids loved it! The older kids kicked their way through the waves and reenacted Chariots of Fire much to the amusement of everyone watching! Elaine and Emily Jane graciously scooped up some water in their hands and allowed Julia Grace to dip her little fingers in so that everyone touched the cold waters of the South Pacific. Que hermosa! How beautiful!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Elaine's Top Ten

1. Skiing in the Andes.
2. Cooking goat in solar powered ovens... And eating it.
3. Walking to school, come rain or shine.
4. Dancing to the beat of marching protestors.
5. Only getting ankle deep in the Pacific Ocean.
6. Visiting La Chascona (Pablo Neruda's house)
7. Feeling on top of the world while really being on the bottom of it! (Santiago gondola)
8. Jota Cruz. Period.
9. Seeing the Southern Cross and more than a couple of shooting stars.
10. Exploring South America with my favorite people in the world<3(:

Emily Jane's Top 10

1. Chorrillana
2. The view
3. The boat ride
4. The beach
5. Skiing the Andes and using a T bar
6. Walking to school and getting in shape!
7. Watching the boats come in
8. The hills
9. Sebastián
10. Being close to the Navy

Sean's Top 10

1. The stars
2. The Andes
3. Ascensores
4. Sebastiàn
5. School
6. Boat ride
7. Beach
8. Chilean food
9. The view
10. Just experiencing the new places!

Claudia's Top 5

1. The beach
2. The stars
3. The boat ride
4. The bus ride
5. The salami