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Vina del Mar

Yesterday, Kristin, Dean and I took the kids to the beach. We got off to a relatively early start and got there by 10:00. We drove through Valparaiso to let Dean and Kristin see it but we didn't get to go down to the port. There was something wonky happening in Valpo and Vina yesterday. There was tons of traffic, lots of police out directing traffic and buses filled with people blowing whistles. I wonder if it had to do with the city workers being on strike in Santiago; maybe it's a country-wide protest for higher wages? Anyways, we bypassed the centre of Valpo as I didn't feel like driving through more crazy traffic than I needed to.

We stopped at Vina del Mar and walked along the boardwalk for a while. All the stairs that went down to the beach were pretty steep and we had the stroller so we decided to go to our regular spot in Renaca. Kirsi had so much fun playing in the sand with Auntie and Uncle; they buried Auntie's legs with sand and then buried Kirsi's too. We went down to the ocean but Kirsi is really freaked out by the waves. She only liked it when Kristin was holding her and they ran away when the waves came in. :) Aidan had his first experience with sand yesterday and he liked the feel of it on his feet. He hung out in his Bumbo or on the blanket while Kirsi dug in the sand. We ate at the little German cafe right along the beach - the one we always eat at - and it was good. I actually enjoyed a sandwich with avocado on it; I may actually like "palta" by the time I leave Chile.

Then we drove up the coast to Zapallar. I thought it would be a nice drive and good scenery for Kristin and Dean. Plus, I wanted to see if the penguin colony was still there. I thought I'd be able to find it on my own, going from memory when we went one time, but I couldn't find it. :( We drove up and down a couple times looking for a beach and rocks that I remembered but didn't find them. Oh well, I guess.

Then we drove home and got back just after 5:00. We went a different way home and Kristin and Dean got to see different scenery, which was good. Kirsi loved the beach but was disappointed that she didn't get to go swimming in the pool. What a kid!
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