Happy Holidays

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Villancicos
Villancicos
Christmas carols and other music being performed in front of Ñuñoa city hall.
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
For "La Noche Buena," I was invited over to Gaby's house for dinner.
Gaby
Gaby
Flowers, cacti, and a lemon tree decorate her garden, where her family often dines.
Smile!
Smile!
Gaby's mother and I, chatting before our meal.
The Setup
The Setup
We ate dinner on the patio, under a festively decorated tent.
All together
All together
A toast before we dig in.
Sleepycats
Sleepycats
Niño and his new friend are exhausted by the festivities.
Gift-giving
Gift-giving
I was surprised to receive a present this year! Gaby's family was so thoughtful.
Elgrey Arrives
Elgrey Arrives
Soon after Christmas, Elgrey flies into Chile for New Year's.
Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia
Having el over gave me the chance to show her around parts of the city that I haven't yet gotten around to. Like the park on Cerro Santa Lucia.
Lookout
Lookout
The view from the top of Santa Lucia.
Funicular
Funicular
Heading up the Cerro San Cristobal.
Smog
Smog
Too bad it was overcast, and the pollution particularly tenacious this day. Still, it always amazes me how vast and sprawling Santiago is.
Plaza Camilo Mori
Plaza Camilo Mori
A cottage-like house near my office.
Catedral Nacional
Catedral Nacional
The cathedral is dark and ornate both inside and outside.
Whuh?,
Whuh?

Laura gets her bearings in the Plaza de Armas.
Congreso Antiguo
Congreso Antiguo
The National Congress used to be stationed here before it moved to Valparaiso.
Fountains
Fountains
Posing for a snapshot on the grounds of the old Congress Building.
La Piojera
La Piojera
One of Santiago's oldest and most beloved bars. La piojera is an institution at this point.
Sampling Drinks
Sampling Drinks
We ordered two of La Piojera's signature drinks: the Terremoto, or "Earthquake", which consists of ice cream and wine, and "Chicha," a cinnamon-spiked alcoholic beverage.
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