The Incomparable “Completo”

February 27, 2018

I’ve been all over the salads (ensaladas) here in Chile and it’s been great. Avocados are in season and they aren’t shy about it loading up their salads with them.

This mixed salad came with a whole avocado filled with shrimp, hearts of palm, tomatoes and a side of roasted nuts.

You never get the choice of dressings like Italian, Ranch or French, which is ok with me. Those are all loaded up with calories & artificial flavors anyway. No here you get olive oil and a lime cut in half. So good!

But what we did for lunch today is no doubt on the other end of the healthy scale. I’m talking about the Chilean “completo”, Chile’s favorite snack or fast food, a hot dog with the works. We’ve seem them advertised a lot and on many menus and honestly they do look good, though a little different from what were used to at home.

Entire families sit down in a restaurant and all order various renditions of the completo with papas fritas (French fries). All versions have diced tomatoes on top. Many also have what they call “smashed palta” which is guacamole and most are topped off with a big squirt of mayonnaise.

So I guess we go back to more healthy eating when we get home. But that’s what traveling is all about right? Many new & different things to experience and I for one, would never have missed the completo!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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I Am The Queen!

February 26, 2018

It started as a joke when we noticed a hotel in Valparaiso named “Hotel La Reina Victoria” down by the port. It was built in 1899 and soon thereafter (1906) destroyed in an 8.2 earthquake. It sits right on the Plaza Sotomayor and was named for Queen Victoria in England.

I started kidding Mickey that I was the queen and of course, my every wish & whim should be met (where to eat, the day’s activities, etc.). Then today at a sort of crafts market a few Metro stops away in Santiago, I spotted this cute, touristy refrigerator magnet and had to have it.

I am the Queen!

Sort if corny but it will be a good remembrance of our trip to Chile and it meets the “easy to pack” requirement!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Some Items You’ll Regret Not Packing On Your Trip To Chile

February 25, 2018

Don’t forget the small toiletries & medicaments we all routinely use at home for space or weight concerns. Yes, we travel light, but how much can these things weigh??

I recall paying around $15.00 for extra-strength aspirin in Italy and something equally outrageous for some decongestants.

Though I rarely get sick at home, the last 3 times we’ve traveled I’ve been hit with various maladies. In Thailand a year ago I caught a cold that peaked on the exact day of my all-day cooking class and could not even enjoy the wonderful dishes we were preparing.

My fellow Thailand cooking classmates

On our X-country road trip (Seattle to Detroit) last fall I ended up in Urgent Care with acute bronchitis & a doozy of a sinus infection. And as luck would have it in Valparaiso?  I caught another bug.

Apparently I’m clumsy too (Near Face-Plant in Santiago), tripping and falling and constantly bumping into things. Of course the distractions are everywhere, and you rarely find a level sidewalk or street. Mickey is constantly rescuing me, but not always successfully.

Pricey Band-aids and antibacterial salve

A banged up shin from an iron foot-rest on a barstool (yep drinking can be dangerous!) left me bloody. Two days later I ran into a round metal stantion (one of several) at La Plaza de Armas and opened another bleeding gash! The Band-aids & salve for those mishaps totaled almost $37.00! Hard to believe I know, so be forewarned there aren’t any Target or Wal-Mart stores around for these seemingly ordinary items, pack a few with you!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Valparaiso, Chile -Colorful City Of A Million Stairs

February 21, 2018

Valparaiso is often compared to San Francisco and after having just spent a week there I can see the comparison. Both are sea-coast towns on the Pacific Ocean with lots of good seafood. Both are known for their artsy-fartsy feel and both have a lot of very steep roads.

But “Valpo” as some refer to the Chilean city (pop ~250,000), is way more hilly than San Francisco and must have a million stairs.The artsy part of artsy-fartsy is everywhere with some of the most colorful street art seen anywhere. They paint most any broad, flat surface as well as many of the stairways, the houses or whatever suits their fancy.

A mural across the road from our hotel

The view from the lanai of our hotel

The city itself is one big beautiful pallet.

It’s always interesting, but what goes down must go back up and after a week here you are either dead of a coronary or much stronger for it. We are stronger but will not miss the endless stair climbing and steep streets.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Lunch In Mercado Cardonal

February 19, 2018

Every city has their central market or Mercado Central. The bigger the city the bigger the Mercado, but even smaller towns always have at least the fruit & veggie vendors. In Valparaiso it’s a big one, about 2 square blocks and it’s called Mercado Cardonal.

We had a late breakfast at the hotel and did not plan on eating at the market, but the entire 2nd floor is restaurants and we happened across fresh mussels (mejillones in Spanish), which Mickey loves, so lunch it was.

Empanada of the fried variety

I wasn’t hungry but ended up having a crab & cheese empanada. They are a common snack or light meal sold off carts in the street, small kiosks and restaurants everywhere.

They have a lot of different type of fillings; meat, onions & potatoes, meat & cheese, different types of seafood etc. Most that we’ve seen however looked to be sort of dry and unappealing but they’re sold everywhere so I decided to try one. I’m glad I did too! There are 2 types. Either baked in an oven or fried. I had the “frito” variety.

We finished up our Mercado adventure buying some limes & raisins, then took a “collectivo” which is a cab shared by as many people who can fit, all paying individually (very cheap), back to a more central location where we could walk the rest of the way.

Aloha, Mikie

~just a blogger, fighting like a girl!

 


The Volcanoic Geography of Chile

February 17, 2018

I never knew Chile had so many volcanoes. And they actually look like volcanoes (think Mt. Fuji), unlike Hawaii’s shield volcanoes which are more subtle.

About 500 volcanoes in Chile are potentially active, 36 are currently active and 44 have erupted at least once since 1820. In the last 20 years there have been 15 volcanic eruptions. All this volcanic activity makes for some dramatic scenery. You just have to get away from the city. Most of these photos were taken north of Puerto Montt.

Here is some of the spectacular scenery easily seen from the Lake Llanquihue area.

This one is called Orsorno

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is on the drive around Lego Ranco

 

Illustration of the Lake (Lago Ranco) and the surrounding mountains

Next it’s about an hour and a half back flight back to Santiago, then by car to Valparaiso which will be very different than what we’ve seen so far.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. For now and the next several days we’ll explore the long & skinny country of Chile!


New Hairstyle Spotted in Chile

February 12, 2018

Have you ever seen this hairstyle? Me either! I’ve seen the completely shaved head version which most white guys don’t carry off too well (white previlege or not), and the top longer than the sides and everything in between, but never this one.

A moustache on top!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. For now and the next several days we’ll explore the long & skinny country of Chile!


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