Back at Laguna de Trupán, Chile with our friends in the “Campulance”. The right picture is from our last visit 1 year ago
After our visit in Mendoza, Argentina we continued south on RN40 until Bardas Blancas, where we decided to turn west on RN145 to drive back to Chile. The van is for sale, and our plan is to sell it in the area of Santiago, Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.
So it was time to drive across the Andes Mountain one last time on this trip. We were prepared for the border crossing, and had made a huge bag of popcorn, since it is not legal to bring any seeds (along with a lot of other things) into Chile.
As we gained altitude the amount of snow got bigger and bigger. This pass is only open from mid October to Marts/April, depending on the snowfall
We crossed the border into Chile on the 12th of November, and there was still a lot of snow
What an amazing landscape
But as we descended the clouds got darker, and we where hit by a huge shower of hail
In Cafayate we had spend time with other overlanders, but after some days in good company we went our separate ways. We had kept in touch with the couple in the “Campulance”, since we were both driving south. We were able to meet up at Laguna de Trupan.
Time for good food and good company
We had a great evening and continued with Melanie’s fresh baked cinnamon buns with vanilla frosting, and a strawberry protein smoothie
Goodbye to Laguna de Trupán – the photo was taken just before sunrise
We were just east of Los Angeles de Chile, and had already contacted our “Chilean family”, that we visited 1 year ago. We had just started our adventure in the van, and was on our way south to explore Patagonia. We had kept in contact during our trip on e-mail and WhatsApp, and they had invited us back.
Making Danish Christmas Candy together with the children, called “Havregrynskugler”. The “havregrynskugler” was invented during the Second World War, when a Danish newspaper, published a book called “Opfindsomhed i en krisetid”, a book with simple recipes including ingredients that was available during the war. In this book you would find the recipe for “havregrynskugler”: 125 grams of Oats, 100 grams of butter, 100 grams of powdered sugar, 25 grams of unsweetened cacao powder, essences of almond, run or vanilla. Mix well with your hands, and cool it for 30-60 minutes (refrigerator), before forming it into small balls. Originally it was candy for children, but during the years the “havregrynskugler” survived as a candy for Christmas, and is still made today.
Making Danish dinner, and sharing it with this amazing family. For breakfast one morning we made Danish Pancakes (they are thin as crepes, but more crispy since we fry them on a pan in butter). The pancake is not sweet, so feel free to freestyle the filling, roll it and eat it with you fingers. Our favorite filling is Sugar and marmelade, cheese and ham, vanilla ice crema with marmelade or butter and sugar.
After more than a week with the family it was time to hit the road. During our time here, we had been working on the van, mainly doing a little bit of painting. We also took care of our add, responding to potential buyers, but nothing serious yet.
But how long did it take us to sell Lance? How much money did we get for Lance? Are we going home before Christmas? Get ALL the answers in the next post.