Funny how things you are excited about always seem so far off and when they finally arrive, you question that its actually real. That is how I awoke this morning. After laying in bed for about ten minutes I decided that yes, today was in fact the day Felipe was coming to visit. But before his arrival I had to bike down to the cabaña that Thomas had help me rent so I could pay. It was a short ride over but down a bit hill... Which was great going down but not quite as fun going up. (They never are!) Checking in was easy enough, using broken spanish on my part and broken English on the owners part. I checked the place out and then scampered back to the hostel to pack before I was picked up by the Transfer van to take me to the airport.
I listened to my iPod on they way and it was gorgeous day out! I arrived a bit early at the airport and used the time to ask some questions to the two airlines that Thomas and Sandra had needed me to find answers to. I spent the remaining waiting time writing previous blog posts. Finally the airplane landed.
Knowing he only had a carry-on bag, I was up and waiting in the area that we were allowed to, and finally saw him come through. I creeped around to the end of the line and he saw me as he came through the doors. Big hugs and kisses were had (to the soundtrack of some embarrassing "awwwwws") and then we went out to the transfer to wait for a short while before we took off with everyone needing to go to Coyhaique.
Fourty-five minutes later we arrived at my hostel. I introduced Felipe to Sandra, Thomas, and Mateo, and he made a good first impression. He had brought with him an entire pan of brownies from his sisters bakery, wrapped up in seran wrap and placed carefully in his suitcase. These are the infamous brownies that I tried before we left for Pucon and ooooommmmgggg they were even better the second time around! Mateo, in particular, was a huge fan. :)
After a short visit and snack time, we struck out for the cabana, stopping briefly at the supermarket to gather groceries for the weekend. I showed him the way to the cabana and I don't think he was all too thrilled with the giant hill we had to walk down, but all was forgiven cause the cabana was pretty cool. Felipe made us some delicious spaghetti (and he put Creme in it-- something we never do at home but it turned out to be quite delicious!) and we made some fun Brazilian cocktails. It was a fun time of catching up and we planned the rest of the week -- marble caves, meeting with one of his old friends who lives here, and exploring the town....