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Published: January 2nd 2009
Day 635 (24.12.08)
The weather was gorgeous as we woke on the morning of Christmas eve for our second christmas on the road. As with last year it hadn't really felt much like Christmas was approaching with the sun shining and the days long and warm but we were keen to bring some of our family traditions into play to do the festive period in style!
Glad to get up with no aches and pains from the previous days exertions we had a very lazy morning before heading out to the supermarket in town to stock up on plenty of goodies. With some last minute extra xmas funds from Chrissie's parents (thanks very much folks!!!!) we had a full menu planned out and managed to get the vast majority of what was on our list.
Once we delivered our treats at the hostel we split up and headed back to town to buy some suprises for each other. With a budget of only 2000 pesos each (abourt 2 pounds) it was no easy task but we were soon back at the hostel pleased with our purchases and definitely feeling more Christmassy.
In the evening we were joined
by Kim, Sue, Freiya and Loch, the Aussie family we'd met climbing the volcano and we sat in the garden with plenty of wine and some pisco sours as we chatted the evening away.
A recent family tradition has been a meal of sushi on xmas eve with the thought that a light and healthy meal would go some way towards outweighing all the unhealthy stuff to follow! As we'd wandered town over the last couple of days we'd noticed 3 sushi restaurants, amazing for a town of this size. We all decided to go together and were most disappointed to find all 3 of them closed...oh dear!
We dinnered at École and were soon on our way to our evening's main entertainment - the casino! As we neared it looked suspiciously quiet and dark and even with the firmest of wrenches the doors remained resolutely closed. Unable to believe that the casino would be shut on xmas eve we nevertheless found ourselves with our plans thwarted for the second time that night.
A quick stop at the offie later and we were loaded with some more bottles of Pisco Sour and we headed back to Kim
and Sue's place to drink the rest of the night away. It turned out to be a great night and we stumbled home at around 3am planning a lie in to begin our Christmas morning!
Day 636 (25.12.08)
A lie in is just what we had and it was past 10am before we breakfasted in bed with the traditional smoked salmon and cream cheeese accompanied by some Buck's Fizz...excellent! Santa had definitely been but we think he'd had too much Pisco Sour too as he hadn't wrapped our presents yet. We sat in bed, designed our own paper and wrapped up our gifts.
We popped out to an internet cafe to catch up with our families and wished them all a Merry Christmas, great to speak to them. We are so looking forward to seeing everyone when we get back next year.
Back at the hostel we opened our pressies and started on what would become a very spread out christmas lunch. We had a starter of antipasto which we tucked into in between some games and some films and we gradually prepared our main course through the afternoon. It was 8pm before we felt hungry
enough to tuck into our main course. We took a table out into the garden in view of the volcano and enjoyed a fantastic feast of Beef Wellington (minus the pastry..we couldn't find it in the supermarket and our spanish vocab doesn't run to pastry!) We never found enough room for pudding!
It had been a lovely day and we were glad we'd chosen Pucón to spend Christmas.
Day 637 (26.12.08)
Boxing day often tends to be a lazy day and we absolutely lived up to this today! We watched some movies, played some games in the garden enjoying the sunshine and ate the traditional cold meat and chips that makes boxing day special at home! We finally got around to eating our Christmas day pudding of Chocolate fondue with cherries, delicious!
Day 638 (27.12.08)
Our planned trip to the nearby Parque Nacional Huerquehue was rained off toady. We normally don't let the rain stop us from walking but with limited public transport to and from the park we knew we'd be out in the rain for 5-7 hours and weren't all too keen on that idea. We opted instead to catch up with the
blog at the hostel and finish off the last of the leftovers before we leave lovely Pucón tomorrow.
For our last evening we decided to get the sushi we'd missed out on for Christmas Eve and went into town for a bite to eat, lovely.
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