Happy Holidays

¡Felices Fiestas! Hopefully your holiday season has been as joyous as ours here in Pucón! Max and I have been lucky enough to celebrate the season with the Pinaud family in true Chilean fashion with food, drink, family, friends, and fantastic summer weather.

Following Chilean tradition, our celebrations began with a late dinner on Christmas Eve. We were lucky to have Mona join us for the holidays and make her special pechuga “chicken” wrap recipe.  Drinks for the night were truly Chilean: Cola de Mono, vino tinto (red wine),  and Chilean Sangria.  We finished the night off with Tres Leches ice cream with raspberry compote and Max’s Mandelschnitten — talk about a feast!  At midnight we shared a “Feliz Navidad” toast and exchanged gifts. Afterward, family and friends from the neighborhood stopped by for gift and story swapping.

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The next day we celebrated Christmas with a large barbeque-style lunch on the patio. We were served delicious oven baked lamb, potatoes, sautéed vegetables, salad, copious amounts of vino tinto, and lucuma ice cream for dessert.

All in all, the Christmas celebrations were a wonderful cultural experience for Max and I. I’m sure that we’ll never forget the year we spent Christmas Eve day lying on the beach sans mittens — such a beautiful contrast to our snow-filled northern Christmas memories.

This weekend we are looking forward to more barbeques and beach-side fiestas as we ring in the New Year on Lago Villarica. Updates to come!

Saludos from your Resident Internationals at Ruka Pucon Hostel,

Max and Natalie