Date: March 01, 2015
Thought I’d bring you all up to date. We are back at work now, after having 2 weeks of vacation while the temple was closed for it’s semi-annual cleaning. We didn’t go away overnight due to the high cost of hotels at this time of year (remember, it’s summer and high tourist season on this side of the equator), but we did a lot of sightseeing around Santiago and took two day trips with the other temple missionaries. This won’t be in exact order, but here is a quick run down of some of the things we were able to do.We went to Pomaire, a small town where many local residents make pottery, and saw some beautiful items, but due to the weight, we didn’t buy much. If we lived in Chile, we would certainly buy much there.We also went to Valpariso to the waterfront and Vina del Mar to the ocean one day, spending a few minutes on the beach and having lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Pacific. We took the freeway there but a back road back to the city in order to drive through some smaller towns and see life in smaller communities. The countryside was beautiful and I took a lot of photos.
Here in the city we went downtown to go to the Cerro Santa Lucia and the Cerro San Cristobal and the Santiago Zoo. We did a LOT of walking and climbing hills, burning off (we hope) all the calories we were eating. We went to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum, Postal Service Museum, and Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. In addition, we spent time in the chapel at San Cristobal and toured the Santiago Cathedral. We also spent a couple of hours at the Family History Center, and I was able to find that someone else had done research on one of the British lines of my ancestors back many more generations.
While at home in the evenings, we did laundry, grocery shopping, and studied Spanish. I finished a counted cross stitch project, crocheted a shawl, bought yarn and started two more projects.
We are glad to be back into our routine of working at the temple and serving the members of the church here. It brings us much pleasure to see people learning more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the blessings that learning those things brings to their lives.
Love, Mom and Dad/Grandma and Grandpa/Steve and Virginia
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