Sunday, May 13, 2012

Feliz Cumpleaños a Abby y Feliz Día de Mama!

We were lucky enough to have two birthday girls this trip! In addition to Mother's Day, today was Abby's birthday, and it was also a day off for us. Since we could do anything we wanted, everyone slept in a bit and then went our separate ways. Some of the boys plus Allison went surfing with one of the Chilean students, and they said it was amazing! I spent the day with Abby, Kirsten, Christian, Caryn, and Kelli. First we went to lunch at Mango, which was a little coffee-type place. We ordered sandwiches and enjoyed talking before leaving to go to the mall. Before we got to the mall, we passed a few outdoor vendors that were selling handmade items. Naturally, they drew us in and I bought some gifts and souveniers for myself including a leather jacket that I love!

After wearing ourselves out at the vendors, we went into the actual mall to look around a few stores. But we noticed that most of the stores in the mall were international, and the prices were kind of expensive. Since we could buy a lot of equivalent things in the mall in the U.S., we decided to leave and head back to the hotel.

We got back to the hotel, dropped our stuff off, and went back out for ice cream before walking to the beach. The beach was beautiful although the water was very cold. We strolled for a while and took what seemed like hundreds of pictures, then looked through a few more vendors that were alongside the beach. It was almost time for our fancy group dinner, so we went back to the hotel to get ready.
Beautiful beach!
In our suits and dress pants, the entire group went to a fancy dinner at Tierra del Fuego. The three course meal was delicious, and we were all stuffed full by the end. It was the end of yet another wonderful day here in Viña del Mar, Chile!

P.S. - Here's a shout out to the best Mommy ever! Happy Mother's Day, Mama!

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