We had a fantastic Christmas and enjoyed time with family celebrating the birth of our great Savior Jesus Christ. Here are a few pictures. You can see the online album here.
December 8 is a national holiday here in Chile. Immaculate Conception day is a Roman Catholic holiday which celebrates their belief that the Virgin Mary was born free of sin. We took advantage of the holiday to travel an hour outside Santiago into the Maipo River Valley just Southeast of the city. The sights were fantastic and we enjoyed our time at Cascada de las Animas, a park with a restaurant, grills, picnic tables, a zip line over the river, hiking, a pool, white water rafting, and many other things. We enjoyed our lunch at the restaurant and Meranda took a nap by the pool. The highlight of my time there was the 1.5 hour hike to see the waterfalls. Bethanne did the hike in flip flops! (because I forgot to tell her to bring shoes) I carried Meranda in a back pack carrier and she loved it! Here are many pictures of our day in Cajon del Maipo, read the rest of the page to see them all.
One benefit of being a teacher at an American school in Chile is that we observe both Chilean and American holidays. Thanksgiving is not a Chilean holiday, but we enjoyed a nice break. The missionaries with ABWE all got together to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and watch football. Meranda enjoyed the time with some of her young friends.
Here is my Christmas list for the Pollyanna – sorry it’s so late. If you are not part of our family Pollyanna, I will still accept gifts from you. I am having a real hard time coming up with things that I want. One thing I’ve learned very well here is that I have way too much stuff.
Bethanne found outlets in Santiago. Many of the seasoned missionaries didn’t believe they existed. Others doubted her. Others still thought our lack of a vehicle might diminish Bethanne’s shopping abilities. She overcame all obstacles to find very “American” like outlet malls in Quilicura, a northwest industrial section of Santiago. The deals weren’t as good as you would expect to find at outlets in the States, but better than the mall prices here in Chile. It was a hot day and the car we borrowed did not have A/C, so Bethanne cut back her normal shopping time for the sake of others. Here is some proof.
Meranda was fascinated with my dollar store sunglasses for some reason.