Viva Chile!

September 18 & 19 are national holidays in Chile.  The 18th is actually Independence Day (Chilean July 4th) and the 19th is The Day of Military Glory.  Great for Chileans, not so great for tourists because EVERYTHING is closed.  However, we were able to turn limones into limonada!  We found out where the locals were celebrating and we joined them.  We went to two Fondas (translation = street festival or fair).  Thankfully, Michael speaks Spanish.  I just smiled a lot.

 

It took an hour and a half walk (i.e. we were LOST) and then a bus ride to find the first Fonda at the Arena Puerto Montt.  It was called the "Celebration for Patriotic Families."  I begged Michael to grab the microphone and, on behalf of the Montt family, welcome everyone to the festivities.  He wouldn't do it.

It took an hour and a half walk (i.e. we were LOST) and then a bus ride to find the first Fonda at the Arena Puerto Montt.  It was called the "Celebration for Patriotic Families."  I begged Michael to grab the microphone and, on behalf of the Montt family, welcome everyone to the festivities.  He wouldn't do it.

What's a Fonda without a sack race?

What's a Fonda without a sack race?

The second Fonda was outside...more fun for all!

The second Fonda was outside...more fun for all!

Classics like "Throw the ball at the wobbly wooden cats"

Classics like "Throw the ball at the wobbly wooden cats"

Meat on a stick! Called "Anticucho" in Chile; which we know we shouldn't eat, but seriously...it was too tempting to resist. 

Meat on a stick! Called "Anticucho" in Chile; which we know we shouldn't eat, but seriously...it was too tempting to resist. 

Most of the little kids were decked out in traditional Chilean finery...all very cute.  This was a big day for them.

Most of the little kids were decked out in traditional Chilean finery...all very cute.  This was a big day for them.

We spent the rest of our time in Puerto Montt just walking around the town.  These two are the unofficial symbol of Puerto Montt.  "The Lovers By the Sea."

We spent the rest of our time in Puerto Montt just walking around the town.  These two are the unofficial symbol of Puerto Montt.  "The Lovers By the Sea."

This is Angelmo - an area where the local fish market is.  We found a few more places open here and enjoyed a local delicacy called "Curanto."  A hearty stew of clams, mussels, ham, chicken and sausage.  

This is Angelmo - an area where the local fish market is.  We found a few more places open here and enjoyed a local delicacy called "Curanto."  A hearty stew of clams, mussels, ham, chicken and sausage.