Finn has eaten so many palta (avocado) since we have been here! I asked for an ensalada with avocado and tomatoes and it came out just palta! Finn yells, YES, I'll eat all of that salad!
With zero expectations and no plans in site, we headed off from Santiago towards the coast. The only thing we knew was Valparsia was the 2nd largest city in Chile and a place "not to be missed". When we had planned to come to South America, I had read that Valparesia was amazing and one of the best beach towns to check out in S.A. As we drove from Santiago through many winelands, we could see all the damage and destruction from the recent fires. The vineyards were beautiful, as you would expect. Gorgeous green fields, perfectly spaced out vines, the whole nine yards. As we got closer to Valapersia, we started to notice more and more liter on the side of the road. Santiago was a very clean, modern city and so far, it looks like we are headed in a completely different direction. The closer we got to the city, the more and more we felt like we were heading for a city in a third world country. Lots of graffiti, beggars, barb wire surrounding most buildings, people in the middle of intersections doing juggling and other tricks for money. As we drove through the city, we quickly realized this area wasn't for us, so we continued driving North.