Down the road from Pucón is Villa Rica, a quieter city with fewer foreigners and more local tourists. We thought it was worth our while to check it out. We arrived at lunch time and sat down for a plate of meat and rice, then walked along the lake. We stopped and sat a while, taking time to listen to a podcast from our favorite npr programs (always nice to hear and bring good memories from home), then walked some more. We checked bus ticket prices to see if buses to Santiago were cheaper leaving from here than Pucón - when you factor in getting here, they're basically the same. We also took a look though some artisan shops and a shop selling Swiss style cottage goods and cheeses (the German and Swiss influence in Chile and Argentina are inescapable!), then headed back to Pucón. With more time and a car, this would have been a great area to explore more in depth.
Experiencing new places has and will continue shaped who I am. I love to discover how other people live and incorporate what I can into the amalgamation of cultures I live in. I've moved around quite a bit throughout my life and will probably continue to do so for a while. I'm especially trying to find out about local history and culture through food and drink. Enjoy and learn from my stories, and send me some feedback!
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