Today we head to Santiago! My bus leaves at 11:30 tonight. Felipe and I stop for lunch at this awesome little seafood restaurant. We have oysters with parmesan as an appetizer and this delicious fish with a cream and seafood sauce. Turns out ordering just a glass of tap water with your meal is really strange here... Just not common I guess! Many people drinking sparkling water, "agua con gas", or regular bottled water, "agua sin gas". I prefer is with no gas. Haha.
After lunch we drove into Santiago. I do really like this city. Well designed, clean, efficient. The city was named The Best City To Visit In The World last year because of its close proximity to mountains (skiing), beaches, desert, and famous vineyards.
An interesting fact about Chilean culture: you grow up in your parents house and usually live at home throughout University. Universities here do not offer dorms for students so it makes sense for students to live at home and save money. When they graduate, it is normal for them to stay living at the family's home until they get married. Much different than our normal American way of growing up!
Therefore, Felipe was to have a family birthday dinner celebration with his parents, younger sister, sister and brother-in-law, and brother and sister-in-laws. As my bus wasn't supposed to leave until late that night, he invited me to attend. Their family apartment is beautiful and his family is so nice. The dinner was amazing -- and they eat A LOT! We had ceviche and another traditional Peruvian dish for appetizers with some Piscosour (of course, lol) and wine. Then dinner began with some tuna with soy sauce and sesame seeds that Felipe cooked himself, followed by an amazing cheese/shrimp/breadcrumb baked dish in a clay pot (which they use a lot here as well). We had TWO birthday cakes baked in his sister & her husband's bakery... Both of which were fantastic! I ate so much it was ridiculous. Needless to say, I missed my bus again. I was having a great time with this "Chilean cultural experience". Oh well, things always have a way with working themselves out...