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10th Voyage to Chile

Quick trip to Chile to visit family and friends and tour a potential wedding venue


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South of Chile is cozy. Picture numerous lakes, snow capped volcanoes, tons of greenery and sweet little towns, many with German architectural influences. Eric's parents and some of his extended family live in a little town called Villarrica and have for 11 years. We love going down there to slow down, eat, drink and reconnect with family and friends.

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The family warmly greeted us with with fried Empanadas de Pino, Carmenere, a red wine made exclusively in Chile, and Pisco Sours, a drink made with a grape liquor, lime juice, sugar and egg whites. We chatted the afternoon away in the birch woods of Eric's parent's backyard, took a nap, and then started all over again staying up well into the early hours of the morning.

Malita, Eric's grandmother

Malita, Eric's grandmother


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Every day was like this in some form or another. Between all the visiting with family and friends, we got to sneak away to Pucon, a cute little town that is considered the jumping off point for many who want to tackle the Chilean Patagonia as well as more nearby outdoor adventures (volcano climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, etc.) However, our interest wasn't in this somewhat touristy albeit gorgeous little town. Back in 2018, we got hitched in a courthouse in Asheville, NC, and now we are are looking for just the right spot to gather our closest friends and family for our official wedding ceremony. I think we may have found it right along the shores of Lake Villarrica...

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This is Robert, a family friend from the South of France who loves working with his hands, laughing and cutting jokes whenever he can. He and his wife, Micheline have some amazing stories about their world travels and roughly 30 years of living in Tahiti.

Per usual, I hit my meat intake quota for the year within our 6 days of visiting Chile. Pretty much every gathering was centered around Asado.

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Steak, bread and pebre, a Chilean salsa that is often served with meat. Mote con Huesillos, a typical drink served all over Chile made of peaches, cinnamon and husked wheat.

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Eric and his High School Buddies

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Laska and Ciel, the family dogs

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It was a short trip, but oh so sweet. We hadn't visited Chile since we moved to Denver so we were both thrilled to be there. Sometimes those short trips can make you appreciate your time together more. Of course, we came home with a stockpile of our Chilean favorites: wine, alfajores and jam from Villarrica.

Posted by Baby Squirrel 17:10 Archived in Chile Tagged chile family villarrica

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