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.