First, public displays of affection are exactly that - public. At every turn, there are Chileans kissing each other. In the parks, couples are in tight embrace laying in the grass. In the streets, hand holding and maybe even a little bit more than hand holding takes place. There is no shame in anyone's game! Good for them! We should all be showing the love more often.
Our second observation was that many of the tourists to Chile are Spanish speaking. We've been on a number of tours since we arrived and in most cases, there lacked significant numbers of English speaking tourists to form a group. Each time, we've been the minority. To some extent, we get some kind of special treatment. Tour guides have to take time from their Spanish explanations to translate their knowledge for our benefit. With a good amount of certainty I can say that many of the other tourists we encountered were from other South American countries. And obviously, many of them are Spanish speaking.
Lastly, something that I learned the other day. I saw a few flags and also our tour guide was wearing a bracelet that had this design:
This design represents the native peoples of all the Andes region that include today's Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and parts of Argentina, Chile and Colombia. I just thought it to be interesting and wanted to share. Learn more about Wiphala here.
TOMORROW we are off to Easter Island!!! It is the most remote inhabited island in the world. Unfortunately for you all, we will have spotty wi-fi. But fortunately for us, we will have spotty wi-fi. If you don't hear from us for a few days, don't worry. I'll be back to post as soon as possible. We'll be out exploring...
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