Our first parilla was with Jorge and his family (our host from the apartment that we rented in Viña del Mar), but it takes a lot of “parillas” to satisfy our longing for good meat. After traveling through Central America we have been longing after meat ever since, and the thirst for meat is still there – we don’t know if it’s ever gonna be satisfied again.
Our second parilla in Chile
Our third parilla in Chile with Alberto – holding a “chori-pan” in my hand
Keeping an eye on the meat on the grill – here in Chile they place the grill at least 20-30 cm above the charcoals, and cook the meat for a longer time. Compared to how we do it in Denmark, we BBQ closer to the charcoals where the heat is higher. So the meat doesn’t say on for very long, at it can be difficult to cook chicken, without killing the meat. Learning a lot about parilla here in Chile .
But where is the salad? Here in Chile you just need meat and wine! Keep it simple. In the left picture from the left: Alberto, Simone, Lucia and me (Camilla). Making new friends .
When all the men are to busy talking about trucks, campers and solar panels – somebody has to get the fire going
Luckily we also got the chance to check out the big trucks. By the way, this truck has been racing the Dakar Rally twice as a support truck for the cars. The trucks owner is Alberto, and his plan is to built his own camper/house. It is still just an empty box… but can’t wait to see what will have happened with it, when we return to Santiago.
Our fourth parilla in Chile
Before we headed south and had to say goodbye to our friends at Travel Camper, we had one more parilla with the people at Travel Camper.
In 10 days we ate more meat, than during 6 weeks through Central America. We have made new friends – leaving our helmets, boots and two dry bags with Alberto (Thank you). We already love Chile and its people. The plan is to come back and visit Travel Camper, when we are finishing our adventure in South America. We have to return to Chile to sell Lance, because he is registered here in Chile (that is the law). Only time will tell, when we will return.
I don’t know if I ever told you how the story about Esbens computer went? Well we found a Lenovo repair center in Santiago. We delivered it on a Monday, got it back Wednesday, Thursday it died again, so Friday morning we left it at the repair center AGAIN. They had to order some spare parts, so it would not be done until Monday. So Monday morning we said “see you in a few months” and left Travel Campers. We would spend the day in Santago waiting for Esbens computer to be done.
Visited the local market “Mercado Central”
Looked at the Chilean hotdog “completo” (with mayo, avocado and tomato), which is the favorite sandwich here in Chile
But we decided to go for fresh backed empanadas
We had one with beef, egg, onions and one olive (in Spanish “pino”) and one with cheese. The place “Empanadas Zunino” was founded in 1930s, and serves some of the best empanadas in Santiago – they were delicious. Here in Chile the empanadas are typically baked, even though you can still buy the deep-fried version some places.
Peaked inside the Catedral Metropolitana (I think) where the floors were been polished
Here in Chile 55% of the Chileans are Catholic, 13% are Evangelical Protestants, 7% belong to other regions and 25% are without any religious affiliation. Now that we have Lance, we have more space, and it was impossible for Esben to leave Santiago without shopping.
Can you guess what he bought?
New camera equipment! He promised me, that he would take even more good pictures… that sounds great, even more good pictures for the blog and you . Esben left has a very happy man, and a “thank you” to the big SONY store in Santiago for selling the camera on display, which where the only one left of the SONY a6500 in the whole city of Santiago (in any of the 6 huge official SONY stores). Finally the Lenovo service center notified us, that Esben’s computer was fixed. We picked up the computer, and headed out of Santiago (after getting stuck in the rush hour traffic) when the sun was setting. It was a good thing, that we hade bought some cherries at Mercado Central. Once again we were appreciating, that we were in our new van eating cherries – which is just not possible while riding the motorcycle.
Our plan was to drive to the Colchagua wine valley, but it was too far. We stopped at a Shell gas station on the highway (marked on www.ioverlander.com) and stayed there for the night. Nothing special, but it would not have been possible to do the same thing on the motorcycles, where we would have to find a place to set up the tent.
Up the next morning we had breakfast, and was looking forward to visit a few wineries
But before we could go to the wineries, we had a few fines to pay – OR we had to pay a toll for driving on some of the main roads in and around of Santiago. We always pay the toll at the toll roads, but in Santiago it is only possible to pay the toll roads electronically. Most people have a TAG in the windshield of their car, which register every time they go on a toll road in Santiago. BUT we didn’t knew anything about it – and because our Spanish is really bad, we could not translate the signs for the electronica toll road. Even our friends at Travel Camper didn’t know our way out of the fines… or the fees that we had to pay. Finally we found online that we could purchase a ticket for the toll roads in advance at the PRONTO at a Copec gas stations, what we also fund out were that we had to pay an extra fee, because we didn’t buy the ticket in advance. In total it cost us 77,850 pesos (122,72 USD or 784 DDK). If we had bought the tickets in advance or the same day, it would had been around 30% cheaper – lesson learned! The fees are paid, and Lance will not be registered with any fines at the police.