The Monkeys just can't catch a break when it comes to LAN Airlines. No Coughing Girl today, but we did have over a two-hour delay of our flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt, due to the malfunctioning of a baggage belt at the airport. There were news crews and everything. Reporters were asking people in line how they felt about the delay. Slow news day, I guess.
Then, when we finally got on the plane, there was even more of a delay because a family of six insisted on sitting with each other. The flight attendants asked so many people to switch seats. It took at least another half hour to get that damn family situated.
Really, people? The flight was only one hour and 20 minutes long. You'd think that two kids could sit with dad and the other two with mom. This time, even Saint Mr. Monkey had to agree that their insistence to sit together was a bit ridiculous. He did not, however, agree with my sentiment that people should not procreate in excess of the capacity of a normal sedan. You know me. I always go the extra mile when it comes to being negative. Overachiever in all respects!
When we landed at Aeropuerto El Tepual, the weather couldn't have been better. It was beautiful and sunny, probably around 70ish degrees with a slight comfortable breeze. Ahhhh. What a relief from the heat of Santiago! I love the Los Lagos Region already!
We got into our little rental Nissan when I spotted this interesting sign. I guess it takes more than a village to raise a child in Chile; it takes the whole nation, relinquishing prime parking spaces for pregnant women.
gasolina. It's times like these when we pretend we're on The Amazing Race and hope it's a non-elimination leg.
Hotel Puelche in Puerto Varas. I love this place so much! I was very amused by floor "-1" -- so much more logical than "B" for "basement," no?
our beloved Salishan Spa and Golf Resort. Spacious, somewhat rustic, and yet totally modern with sleek bathroom furnishings and free wi-fi.
Dinner was awesome -- fresh raspberry and pineapple juice, complimentary fried dough with salsa, a variety of mini empanadas (meat, shrimp, and different cheeses), salmon Caesar salad, Chilean ribs with spicy puree, blue crab spicy pudding, and caramelized apple pancakes with vanilla ice cream.
Mr. Monkey preferred that I didn't snap away with the big camera in a restaurant, so I used his iPhone (which, incidentally, has been incredibly handy for calculating the cost of things here).