Hi all! Wednesday was National Census Day in Chile meaning they all had a National holiday off work to stay home waiting for the census questionnaire. Once they answered it, then they got a sticker on their door and were free to wander about. Oh how I wish we got a day off to take our census lol. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post we stocked up on snacks the night before because honestly we were not sure if any place would be open. The good news is the hotel peeps had an exemption so we had one place to eat at!
After breakfast we took the Metro (Chile has a fantastic subway system like in Washington DC where you can get yo almost anywhere for about $1 USD). We wandered around the University of Chile area snapping pictures of the old buildings. In the beginning not many people were out but by the end of the day we saw quite a few more people.
Here are some of my favorite building pics – I love all the history and architecture.
This is the Catholic University
The Theater of Performing Arts
I think this is the governmental building but I’m not 100% sure.
If you look closely you can see the castle in the back of this building. The gardens surrounding this building we’re pretty awesome.
This the park we walked through every day to get from the Hotel Atton where we stayed to the Parque Mall which also has Food Boulevard.
Daily Snap Recap (Census Day):
The funny part – They made us both complete the census survey in order to eat breakfast.
I was so excited at breakfast when we got watermelon and a raspberry filled pastry – definitely the highlights. We never ate lunch and I snacked on my favorite snack mix along with a couple of The Husband’s wafer cookies. Dinner at the hotel was awesome! Mini Empanadas that were baked (cheese, chicken & Chile beef). The Husband managed to order lettuce with his salad this time 😀 My entree – Columbian Shrimp Fried rice that came with avocado and fries….Honestly what’s not to love about this dish – so, so good.
On our last day in Chile, we had a delicious breakfast repeat. I think breakfasts either got better or I started liking them more as the week went on. For lunch (eaten at 2 pm until 4 pm as their tradition most days with dinner after 8 pm), they took us out for Italian at Trattoria Rita.
I had the caprese to start and my main was not what I ordered. I picked cheese raviolis in pesto….What I got was butternut squash raviolis in a butter sauce. The funny part – I even ordered off the English menu so I’m not sure what was lost in translation lol.
Dessert was shared with cortado (little espresso shots topped with milk like a macchiato)…. Homemade banana ice cream on top of chocolate cream brulee – yep it was as amazing as it sounds.
I didn’t have dinner until we were on the plane back home…It wasn’t exciting but wasn’t horrible. I picked the mushroom raviolis with salad, a roll and crackers.
Daily Snap Recap (the last day):
Thank you all for going along with me and being patient with my Daily Chile Recaps. I wanted to have full disclosure with you all of everything I ate while I traveled. I tried to find a healthy balance with experiencing the culture along with a few treats. I hit 10K steps most days as we walked everywhere.
I promise my normal Weight Watcher Daily Recaps will resume tomorrow.