We had a great Christmas. Lots of family and food and fun. Not as much family as usual, mind you, but just enough! The food, well, let's just say I can almost see the back of the fridge again now. I am really starting to like Skype - got to talk to and see my sister in Chile and my niece in Prince George and my brother and his wife who were holidaying in Victoria. And with Facebook and texting, we keep up with the Schraefel side, as well. The wonder of technology!
We also used technology to bore our guests into leaving. Clem has some do-hickey hooked up whereby we can see the photos from the computer on the TV. So we just show slideshows until our company starts yawning and looking for their car keys to command-start their vehicles. This Christmas it was the pictures from Chile. And now it's your turn! Warning - you may want to keep your finger on the "back" button.
Mom and I left on November 16, just as it was starting to snow and blow. Lovely. We had a long layover in Toronto, so we took the opportunity to visit Clem's nephew, Brendan, of "Men of Brooms" and Splash speedo fame. He and Kristy have just moved into their own home, and Brendan cooked us supper with the fresh organic produce they have delivered to their house once a week. Almost makes me want to move to a big city. Almost.
A little shopping!
We drove around a bit more, and discovered this lookout, which was quite near the restaurant Leonore recommended. Many of the restaurants don't open until 8 pm, but El Candil was well worth the wait!
Another purple tree outside some typical colonial-style architecture.
The streets of Valparaiso were a bit much for these prairie girls! They were so steep, I thought it looked like these cars were going to start toppling over! The city is literally hanging on the cliffs and divided by hills. Lisa did very well navigating and driving!