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Published: March 10th 2018
So today our host found us a nice driver, Robbie, to take us for a drive out of town. We started off heading towards Valle de la historico. It’s a fun park is about 4 acres of dinosaur statues. T-rex’s, mammoths, brachiosaurus’ etc. And quite a few others I couldn’t name. Very cheesy but fun anyways. The park was originally built by inmates at a nearby prison and in its heyday I could see it being a great family attraction. These days some of the statues are starting to fall apart and are in need of a little TLC. There was a little lake area where they had the heads of some water-living-sauruses coming up out of it and a disused slide. Jo decided it would be a great idea to build a wave pool there and people could learn to surf around the dinosaurs. I think Jo is onto something.
After a walk around the park we made our way down to Baraco beach. Robbie explained that the beaches in Santiago were not very good, but we missed our chance to go to the beach in Trinidad so we wanted to check out these Caribbean waters here. For a
bad beach, I gotta say, pretty nice. It was enclosed in a cove with reef’s at the edge. The waves weren’t terribly big and the water temperature was just perfect. We got a couple of seats and a umbrella in the middle of the beach. There were a few other beach goers there but not many. It was a very nice, chill afternoon. Until it started to rain. At the beach it was only a smattering but it didn’t seem to want to go away. By this time it was about 2pm so we decided to pack up and go back to town for lunch.
We made the right call. On the way back to town it rained a bit more, and then cleared. When we got back to Santiago the sun was shining. We went to our casa and changed out of our togs into dry clothes. By the time we had changed the rain was pouring. Our host made us an expresso coffee as we decided to settle in and wait for the rain to go. I told them this was Melbourne weather, four seasons, one day.
When the rain finally cleared we made our way
Valle de la Historico
Please Ma...Can I keep him
down the road to a local restaurant Jo had spotted had vegetarian meals. I didn’t see the point of vegetarian but was told we were dire need of them because there has barely been any vegies in our diet for the last three weeks. (not true…salads are vegies) We roll up to this restaurant and I was relieved to see they had some nice looking pastas. I ordered the carbonara and when it was served I was delighted to see pieces of crispy bacon in it. I did not know vegetarian included bacon, I might have to reconsider the whole movement. The girls at the restaurant were lovely but seriously slow. Possibly the slowest service I have seen here. Half an hour to get a lemonade and an hour for my carbonara (which came twice) and Jo’s veggie tortilla and salad. I’m sad to say by the time it came out I was getting extremely hangry. After lunch (which was at 5pm) Jo ordered a bloody mary. They had clearly never made one before as the two bar staff were reading the recipe and following the instructions as they made it. They were so proud of themselves they took a
photo of it afterwards. The verdict - a little heavy on the salt and the vodka. But otherwise OK.
While at the restaurant there was another massive downpour that lasted about ten minutes and then clear again. We had to make our way into town to get some more cash for our last few days. Jo wanted to come back to the casa’s for umbrellas, I told her she was letting the Melbourne side down. (the words harden up may have been used) We made the walk into city centre and back to the casa without a drop of rain. And when we walked inside I breathed a sigh of relief we made it home dry.
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