Saturday, September 13, 2008

La Serena

Hola from the second oldest city in Chile! Just two blocks from downtown Plaza de Armas, the Hotel Londres is our home for the next three nights.

We had a great 7 hour drive to get here. The drive from Santiago cut through or followed the coastal mountain range while teetering on the Pacific Ocean every now and then. For the most part, short grasses, cacti and small shrubs were all the greenery that we saw. Jagged bits of boulder or spires of rock dotted the landscape as well.

This area is well know for the foggy skies that hover over the land and, in some cases, provide most of the moisture for the plants.

We broke up what should have been a 5 hour trip with Aidan's feedings and Kirsi's first roadside poop! The kids did great on the trip with Kirsi providing some backseat entertainment for Aidan.

First impressions of La Serena is that it is indeed old. The buildings reflect this. Once we're settled and the bathroom breaks are completed, we'll take a walk to the Plaza de Armas and view many of the stone churches in the vicinity before looking for a place to grab a bite to eat.

More tomorrow!

Love D, D, K and A
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