S: Reinhard's Journey Home by Janet
BC: Our trip is coming to a close, but the memories are not gone, Of loving times spent with family In our hearts forever, lives on. | CHILE: We saw it all: Arid deserts and alpine peaks, wild rivers and Pacific beaches, tranquil lakes and rugged fjords, scenic waterfalls and flat fertile farmland, established vineyards and extemporaneous graze lands, active volcanoes and lush forests. Chile: a land of contrasts!
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1: Photographs and Journal Entries By; Janet Schubert The Chilean Flag is hidden on each two page spread. Can you find each one? | Photos on Front: Top: Ani, Barney's sister; Franco, Ani's husband; Barney; Dick Gieringer Bottom: Barney; Cita, Barney's sister; Hetty, sister; Juanita, sister; Alfred, brother | “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck | “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” - George Moore | All because two people fell in love... | In loving memory of Martha Schubert Rilling and Adalbert Schubert Vogt
2: Chile, officially called the Republic of Chile, is South America's most prosperous country. It has a market-oriented economy and a reputation for strong financial institutions. Poverty rates in the country are low and its government is committed to promoting democracy. History of Chile According to the U.S. Department of State, Chile was first inhabited about 10,000 years ago by migrating peoples. Chile was first officially controlled briefly by the Incas in the north and the Araucanians in the south . The first Europeans to reach Chile were the Spanish conquistadores in 1535. They came to the area in search of gold and silver. The formal conquest of Chile began in 1540 under Pedro de Valdivia and the city of Santiago was founded on February 12, 1541. The Spanish's then began practicing agriculture in Chile's central valley and made the area a Viceroyalty of Peru. Chile began pushing for its independence from Spain in 1808. In 1810, Chile was proclaimed an autonomous republic of the Spanish monarchy. Shortly thereafter, a movement for total independence from Spain began and several wars broke out until 1817. In that year, Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín entered Chile and defeated supporters of Spain. On February 12, 1818, Chile officially became an independent republic under the leadership of O'Higgins. In the decades following its independence, a strong presidency was developed in Chile. Chile also grew physically during these years, and in 1881, took control of the Strait of Magellan. In addition, the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) allowed the country to expand north by one-third. Throughout the rest of the 19th and into the early 20th centuries, political and economic instability was common in Chile and from 1924-1932, the country was under the semi-dictatorial rule of General Carlos Ibanez. In 1932, constitutional rule was restored and the Radical Party emerged and dominated Chile until 1952. In 1964, Eduardo Frei-Montalva was elected as president under the slogan, "Revolution in Liberty." By 1967 though, opposition to his administration and its reforms increased and in 1970, Senator Salvador Allende was elected President, beginning another period of political, social and economic unrest. On September 11, 1973, Allende's administration was overthrown. Another military ruled government, led by General Pinochet then took power and in 1980, a new constitution was approved. Government of Chile Today, Chile is a republic with executive, legislative and judicial branches. The executive branch consists of the president, and the legislative branch features a bicameral legislature composed of the High Assembly and the Chamber of Deputies. The judicial branch consists of the Constitutional Tribunal, the Supreme Court, the court of appeals and military court.Chile is divided into 15 numbered regions for administration. These regions are divided into provinces that are administered by appointed governors. The provinces are further divided into municipalities that are governed by elected mayors.
3: Political parties in Chile are grouped into two groups. These are the center-left "Concertacion" and the center-right "Alliance for Chile." Geography and Climate of Chile Because of its long, narrow profile and position adjacent to the Pacific Ocean and Andes Mountains, Chile has a unique topography and climate. Northern Chile is home to the Atacama Desert, which has one of the lowest rainfall totals in the world. By contrast, Santiago, is located midway along Chile's length and lies in a Mediterranean temperate valley between the coast mountains and the Andes. Santiago itself has hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The southern inland portion of the country is covered with forests while the coast is a maze of fjords, inlets, canals, peninsulas and islands. The climate in this area is cold and wet. Chile's Industry and Land Use Due to its extremes in topography and climate, the most developed area of Chile is the valley near Santiago and it is where the majority of the country's manufacturing industry is located. In addition, Chile's central valley is incredibly fertile and is famous for producing fruits and vegetables for shipment worldwide. Some of these products include grapes, apples, pears, onions, peaches, garlic, asparagus and beans. Vineyards are also prevalent in this area and Chilean wine is currently growing in global popularity. Land in the southern part of Chile is extensively used for ranching and grazing, while its forests are a source of timber. Northern Chile contains a wealth of minerals, most notable of which are copper and nitrates. More Facts about Chile: Chile is never more than 160 miles (258 km) wide Chile claims sovereignty to parts of Antarctica The prehistoric Monkey Puzzle Tree is Chile's national tree | December 2, 2011 | The Andes range is the world's highest mountain range outside of the continent of Asia. The highest peak, Mt. Aconcagua, rises to an elevation of about 6,962 m (22,841 ft) above sea level. The peak of Chimborazo in the Ecuadorean Andes is farther from the centre of the Earth than any other location on the Earth's surface. This is because of the equatorial bulge that results from the Earth's rotation. The world's highest volcanoes are in the Andes, including Ojos del Salado on the Chile-Argentina frontier which rises to 6,893 m (22,615 ft), and over 50 other volcanoes that rise above 6,000 m. | The Andes is the world's longest continental mountain range. It is a continual range of highlands along the western coast of South America. This range is about 7,000 km (4,300 mi) long, about 200 km (120 mi) to 700 km (430 mi) wide (widest between 18 degrees South and 20 degrees South latitude), and of an average height of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft).
4: A Funicular going up the side of a large hill in Valparaiso where our Infinity Cruise docked for our final departure from the ship. | Our ship docked in Valparaiso, Chile which is a sister city to Vina Del Mar with the later being a very luxurious resort city. | Chile is very proud of its agriculture and produce and goes extra measures to protect its plants and animals. Due to its geographical isolation and strict customs policies Chile is free from diseases such as Mad Cow, fruit fly, etc. This plus being located in the southern hemisphere (having quite different harvesting times compared to the Northern Hemisphere) and its wide range of agriculture conditions gives Chile market advantages. I had forgotten about a bag of pretzels in my carry-on, but it was quickly detected at customs. | Valparaiso is the primary naval base in Chile. Navy ships docked near the Celebrity Infinity dock site. | After going through customs we board a taxi van and headed to Ani and Franco's in nearby Vina Del Mar.
5: Ani’s house is one street from the ocean and almost directly across from the casino where we eat brunch at the formal dining area. Ani and Franco’s house is on the seventh floor of a beautiful building called Solimar on San Martin Avenue. The elevator up to the seventh floor dropped us off at Ani’s foyer that has a locked door opening to the foyer. Ani had the entire house redecorated to her taste before she moved in. Each room, except the kitchen and bathrooms, has wood floors. The kitchen and three bathrooms have tile on the floor. She has three bedrooms with each having its own balcony with room width sliding glass doors. Our bedroom opens up to an unbelievable view to the Pacific Ocean, with an eight foot wide balcony that encircles her entire “house”. We actually see our cruise ship Infinity leave that evening around 7:45. Barney said he knew Ani would have the best of the best, but I never imagined I’d ever be in such a Shangri-La! This is truly the most amazing place I have ever been. I’ve seen places like this on TV or in pictures, but NEVER thought I’d set foot in one! Ani’s maid, Nana has her own living quarters off the kitchen. Nana is a real sweetheart with a pleasant smile. She is 70 years old and feels as if she has it made with such a luxurious place to stay. | Our Bedroom while staying at Ani's | View Outside Our Window | “A joyous occasion is never quite as wonderful as when it becomes a memory.” J. Carter | Vina Del Mar where Ani, Barney's sister, and her husband, Franco live is known for its long stretches of white sandy beaches. The city is Chile's main tourist attraction. It is famous for its clock made of flowers which I took a photo of when we were in Chile in 1980. The resort area is also a famous vacation area, known all around the world for the luxurious and beautiful resort homes. | Views One Can Only Imagine | Casino and Hotel
6: Views Outside Ani's Sliding Glass Doors from Her Patio | Ani and Franco's Patio over- looking San Martin Avenue | “At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” Friedrich Nietzsche
7: After the brunch we go for a walk down San Martin Avenue only to see Ruby Tuesday, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut. An ice cream shop, Bravissimo has WiFi so Sandi purchased some cookies to get their password. | Ani, Franco, Barney, and Dick | Elegant Living Room at Ani's | Martha Schubert's sewing machine | "Life has so many simple blessings."
8: After seeing many horse and cart tours we decide that was the best way to see all the sights in the city. Viña del Mar, commonly called just Viña, was developed in the 1870s as an exclusive residential and summer area for Chile's well-to-do. It is still that, but has evolved into Chile's premiere seaside resort, often called Chile's Riviera. Our guide behind the reins points out many interesting places of historical interest. The flowers are huge and in full bloom. Of course the flowers have the advantage of those in Ohio in the fact it never freezes in Vina. The geraniums look like medium sized bushes with a woody looking stem. Franco, Ani’s husband is from Italy, born and raised in Vernazza, which is about 40 miles south east of Genoa on the Ligunan Sea. He was an engineer with the shipping industry and did a lot of traveling so he knows some English words. Franco also speaks fluent Italian, French, and Spanish. He is very good in math and was able to immediately transfer pesos into dollars, as the wealthy businessman he is. His home town, Vernazza, looks very much like Vina Del Mar. Franco owns olive farms that produce over 10,000 liters of olive oil a year in Italy. He adds that the crop is better some years than others. | Vina Del Mar Casino | Cafe where we enjoy coffee with Ani and Franco.
9: Two Old Men and The Pacific | Famous Flower Clock in Vina Del Mar | With the weather so nice and so few Christmas decorations it’s hard to believe it’s the Christmas season. Ani doesn’t have a single Christmas decoration in her house! She plans to have Christmas at Astrid’s and for New Year’s Eve she wants to have the party at her place. | Sidewalk along the Pacific Ocean | Church in Vina Del Mar viewed while on the horse and carriage ride through this picturesque resort city. | “The treasures of love, wisdom, and thought must be scribed or they perish with time.”
10: Vina Del Mar, one of the most beautiful beach and resort towns of the world, Photo taken on our carriage ride. Houses and buildings often were built on the hillside.
11: Our cruise Infinity leaving Valparaiso for more stops including going around the Cape Horn to Buenos Aires. Photo taken from Ani's overlooking the Pacific Ocean. | Franco showing Barney his new Mercedes that he wants Barney to drive. Barney declines! | A beautiful soft needled pine tree we see in Chile. | Sandi and Dick walking in Vina Del Mar along side a street performer, which is a common scene. | “God is never in a hurry, but He is always on time.”
12: Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. -- Anthony Brandt | We walk to a restaurant called “Tierra de Fuego” meaning “Land of Fire” for lunch. The restaurant has just opened after being remodeled. The floor is dark tile; some walls are “raw” cement, with shelves of wine bottles from floor to ceiling on almost every space. The first thing I think about is “What would happen in case of an earthquake?” Barney asks the waiter about that very real possibility and he shows us how all the bottles are stuck to the bottom of the shelf. Every bottle of wine on display is made in Chile. On a bottle of water I notice the word “Puyehue”, the name of the hot springs we went to with Ani on our last visit to Chile. | Vina Del Mar's White Sand Beach on the Pacific Ocean | Tierra de Fuego Restuarant on Pacific Ocean | World Class Beautiful Beaches, Hotels, and Homes
13: Supper is at 8:00 with hot dogs, buns, diced tomatoes, avocado, sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. When supper is over and we are all still sitting around the table, Franco tells the emotional story of his family and how terrified they lived during WWII. The Germans had invaded his home area, taking all the men that were 15 and older. Since he was only 14 at the time he remained safe, but they had to hide his dad in a cave and sneak food and water to him. The food consisted mostly of dry bread and what else they could find since food was scarce for all of them. Since the Germans were present almost everywhere and they were very violent it was a frightening time for Franco being just 14. As the story unfolded he became more emotional, stopping at times to tell us it was hard to retell the story. But he does feel so fortunate that his family eventually made it out alive. This account ended at about 9:30 leaving us all emotionally drained. He ends his narrative by stating he can not believe he married a German after all they had put his family through. | Beautiful Vina Del Mar | "In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony." -- Eva Burrows
14: We get up, pack and have a small breakfast because our bus is leaving at 10:30 for Santiago. Ani orders two taxis to transport all of our luggage and purchases to the bus terminal. It is hard to say goodbye to Ani. She is sad saying she may never see us again because we are all getting older. Barney stresses to her again that she should use some of her old money and come to Ohio. She is afraid she’ll have no one to talk to except Barney and she’ll go crazy. It is heartbreaking getting in the taxi, looking up to her seventh floor balcony, and seeing her dabbing her eyes and waving. As we ride in the taxi the driver and Barney spark up a conversation. The driver says he had lived many places in the US including cities in the east, west, northwest, and south. His favorite city is Seattle in the US and Vina Del Mar in South America. He is retired now but was a chef and had worked on the Infinity Cruise ship. What a coincidence! | As we approach Santiago we notice many houses built in rows, all looking the same except for the different hues of paint. None of the houses are white, but instead pale earthy tones of orange, green, tan, brown, blue, yellow, and peach. I notice a beautiful tree with small leaves and on one stem is a group of small purple flowers hanging down much like a bunch of grapes. It resembles lilacs on steroids! | The bus ride from Vina to Santiago allows us to view many, many grape vineyards, but we do not recognize any of the names. They must be the expensive brands. We also see corn fields, fruit orchards, and mountains, some capped in snow. The Andes are getting closer! The trip on this modern turnpike style highway includes toll booths, and two tunnels. One tunnel is 3 km long! | "Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Franklin | Sunset in Vina Del Mar looking west over the Pacific Ocean
15: Our taxi driver from the bus station to the motel “Caesar Business of Santiago” shows us where the president of Chile lives. (similar to our White House) The area is not nearly as secure as the White House and still gives tours by appointment. He says the current president of Chile is very wealthy, since he introduced the credit card system to Chile. He currently owns 26% of the airline Lan Chile. The air in Santiago is hot and dry, which is different than Vina. It is late spring with the first day of summer being December 21, tomorrow! Our hotel is very downtown with crazy busy streets and people everywhere! We think we must have seen over half of Santiago’s 7 million people. YES, Santiago has 7 million inhabitants! That is over 46% of the total population of Chile. | We hire a van driver and a tour guide to show us around Santiago. Santiago is located half way between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. It is actually in a valley area called Maipo Valley that is very conducive to growing grapes. We see the Castle of Hidalgo which is actually located across a very busy street from our hotel. It was an old prison used by the Spaniards, but has now been turned into a park. There is a lot of graffiti written on almost everything imaginable from statues, fences, benches, walls, store fronts, houses, cement structures, roads, etc. Much of the graffiti is in protest of the government taking away free education at the public universities. | Caesar Business Motel, where we stayed in Santiago | Pictures taken from Castle Hidalgo, on Santa Lucia Hill in Santiago, Chile
16: Large Santiago Library across the street from our motel, Caesar Business Motel. | The architecture of downtown Santiago is a mixture of French and Italian influence. Ninety percent of the population is a mix of these cultures. The large Virgin Mary Statue that famously stands in Santiago has a “Funicular” train car taking tourists to enjoy the view of this alive city with innovation that stretches from fashion to art to food and beyond. The oldest building in the city is a church. Mansions from past dignitaries are now being used by the universities for classes. On the weekends the area around the universities is very sparse. Education is a big business in Chile. There are currently three Muslim churches in the city of Santiago. They do not have a problem with Christmas displays because a large percentage of the population is Catholic. The Jesuits brought Negroes to Chile but they were employed as servants. We notice very few blacks. To us “Putnam Countians” the traffic is horrendous! The amount of people is claustrophobic! The rush hour is from 8:00 to 10:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Personally, I can not tell the difference, maybe because of the Christmas season. There are small shops everywhere downtown. Every little corner, nook, or cranny is been transformed into a retail hopeful. The guide says more and more people are moving to Santiago because of the status. It means more to be from Santiago than other smaller towns in Chile. Another common sight in Santiago but uncommon for us are dogs roaming everywhere. They all appear well-fed and cared for. The government had tried to stop the stray dog problem by capturing them and putting them down, but so many people protested that they stopped. Now the government pays veterinarians to keep the dogs healthy, treat them if they appear sick or injured, and spay or neuter the dogs. | Church - Oldest Building in Santiago. | Above: The Biblioteca Nacional de Chile is the national library of Chile
17: Governor's Mansion for the Metropolitan Region of Chile. | The tour took us down Kennedy Avenue which is the richest shopping center in the city. | The average income inside the city of Santiago is about $400. per month. Their taxes are very low and they do not have welfare except for the very, very poor. The wealthier people live outside the city. We also notice most people drive new cars with very few being US made. Gas is around $5.60 per gallon in US money. People tell us American cars are more expensive and use too much gas. There are many diesel cars. One ship can carry 5000 KIAs in one load. It cost around $10,000 to buy a KIA. | Gran Torre Santiago, highest building in Chile, to be completed in 2012
18: One million people pass through the Pedestrian Mall in one day and since this is Christmas shopping season we thought they were like ants on an anthill. Another interesting place is ”Coffee with Legs” where, our tour guide informs us, that men go there and buy coffee which is delivered to their table by girls with "long legs wearing very little". | We stop at a “blue stone” jewelry boutique. I buy a couple Christmas gifts there. “Blue stone” called “lapis lazuli”, is unusual for the US since it’s only mined in Chile and Afghanistan. The “blue stone” which is so popular in jewelry was also worn by Cleopatra and the pharaohs. It has been discovered that it was ground finely and used as eye shadow. | A Harley Davidson Dealer in Santiago had some nice T-shirts. We bought a few for gifts.
19: After our tour we walk to a grocery and buy cheese, crackers, hard salami, and pita bread for our trip to Temuco. Sandi and I both remark that our motel room felt like it was swaying. Our guide tells us it was probably a small tremor because they are happening all the time. They just get used to it. AND WE’RE ON THE 10TH FLOOR! The sign on every elevator reads, “IN CASE OF FIRE OR EARTHQUAKE, USE STAIRS.” That knowledge is serenely reassuring! | Sandi likes these bikes! | Views of Santiago from our Motel Window on the 13th floor. | "Only those who want everything done for them are bored." Billy Graham
20: Tuesday, 12 – 21 – 11 Today is the day of our Wine Tours. We are picked up by a Gringo looking young man who speaks fluent, but strongly accented English. He has a twin brother studying in the US at Connecticut. Pedro, his name, has fascinating information about Chile and Santiago as we drive to the wineries. Chile’s entire population is 17 million and 7 million live in Santiago. Pedro informs us that Chile is second in the world exporting salmon, behind Norway. Copper mining has kept the economy good. Unemployment is 7.2%. There is cheap housing a short distance away from downtown with most places having a pool and grill on their roof. Pedro said the income for around this area is is around $1200 per month with $400 being the minimum. An apartment with 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths can run about $400. a month. Santiago has the biggest middle class of any city in Chile. In fact the middle class is so large it is divided into 3 groups: lower middle, middle middle, and high middle. | We notice a lot of houses built in the 1950’s or 1940’s for sale. Pablo says they were not built to withstand the earthquakes as well as newer constructed houses. Since they have a lot of damage from the 2010 earthquake, it is too expensive to fix them up, so they are not selling. A lot of them are just torn down. Police are visible everywhere. The police cars are white and green and one usually sees two to four police in every car. There are police men and women standing on almost every corner in the downtown area. | Pablo brings us to the first winery, Cousino Macul. This wine is not prevalent in in our area in Ohio, but it is the oldest winery in Chile. To make the perfect bottle of wine conditions have to be just precise. The grapes are harvested from April to the end of May at night. They have to be picked by hand to avoid bruising which will affect the taste of the wine. Plants that are 80 years old make the best wine.
21: Barrels are not used much today. Stainless steel is cleaner. | Photo of Harvest in the 19th Century | Antique, used to put in the cork | Antique used to fill bottles | Used to rotate the barrels | Labels and bottles used long ago | "Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." Benjamin Franklin | Cousino Macul Winery
22: The tour came with free samples! | Stainless steel vats are used today | While aging the wine is kept cool. | After the grapes are picked they are taken to the area where they are put on a conveyor belt and all the bad grapes are picked out and discarded. The grapes are gently smashed and the juice is put into a barrel made of American oak or French trees similar to oak. The type of wood is important because the grape juice has to breathe some, but too much through the tiny pores in the wood. Modern wine production is made in stainless steel vats and the conditions are regulated technically to mimic the wood barrels. Then the pulp and seeds are added to the red wine while it ages. At first the pulp sits at the top of the juice but later it's stirred. The wine stays in the barrel from one to one and a half months. | Stainless steel vat
23: Cousino Macul Tourists' Store | The temperature in the vats is controlled: during the first 2 weeks 5 – 15 C, or 45 – 50 F. After 2 weeks the yeast is added and the temperature is raised to 70 – 80 degrees F. The red wine is then strained and shipped to aging until June. The pulp and seeds are then put back in the soil and used as fertilizer for the vines. This company makes over 60,000 liters of wine in a year from over 2000 acres of grapes. The white small grapes make the sweetest wine. The company has gone away from using cork bottles and using screw caps which are better than the synthetic cork caps. A bottle of wine having a screw cap is not necessarily a cheaper wine. The wine just needs to be sealed tight. | The rose’ wine we taste is of the red variety and has been in contact with the peel longer which makes the flavors more intense. It is 13.5% alcohol and goes well with fresh fruit and salads. We also taste a merlot that is higher in alcohol content of 14.5%. | "Consuming wine in moderation daily will help people to die young as late as possible." ~ Dr Philip Norrie
24: We were shown a cactus flower called “tuna” which is a fruit that is very good. | Roadside scene near the wineries. | On the way to the next winery, Concho Toro, Pablo has more information for us: He again tells us the welfare is only for the very, very poor. One can collect unemployment, but only from their company, and only for 3 months. Then they are on their own. That is why so many people are working small meager jobs, selling anything and everything to earn a living. The slums or box houses are called “callampa” meaning mushroom because they pop up and are gone so fast. | We haven’t seen a cloud in days but we are approaching summer here. In the winter Pablo says the fog is so bad the sports in the schools cannot practice because they can’t see. We go by the holiday home of Pinochet, called La Orba. He was reportedly ambushed at the home but he survived. However, many of his guards were killed and a small monument is place on the area to remember the slain guards. | The Lazy Cow Restaurant | "I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage." Erma Bombeck | Maipo Valley Road Trip
25: Enjoying Lunch at the Lazy Cow | Singers | Dancers | Open Fire where meals are cooked. | Meals are brought to the table on a mini grill. | Next to The Lazy Cow Restaurant is an art studio with many unique items for sale. Magnalina is the name of the jewelry maker. Other artists had made various items. I purchase some more Christmas gifts. The Concha Tour seems more commercialized than the former tour. There's a store, a restaurant, and items that seem more expensive. Our tour guide says many Brazilians come to do tours in the wineries. | Jewelry Maker at Gift Shop next to Lazy Cow Restaurant
26: Concha Tora Winery | It takes 2 kilos (around 5 pounds) of grapes to make 1 liter of wine. | There are man-made canals to channel the water melting from the Andes to be used in the vineyards. | Concha Tora Winery Gift Shop | These grapes will be ready for harvest in about 3 months. | "Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it." Anonymous
27: Mansion - former residence of the owners. | New Adventures | Touring a winery can be hard work!
28: “Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” Max Lucado | After we are back in Santiago, Astrid, Ani’s daughter, calls and wants to meet us since she lives in Santiago and this would be her only chance to see us while we are in Chile. Stephani, Astrid’s daughter, and Astrid drive to Caesar’s Business Hotel to pick us up and take us to a nightly hangout. The pub style gathering place has an outdoor garden area along with indoor quaint eating space. Barney and I think this is unique since it is actually behind some of the store fronts we had walked by earlier. The stores are not deep and amazingly small, leaving the rest of the area to the next block open for these inimitable pubs. To get to the behind the scenes bars, Stephani turns into what seemed like an alley, only to come into an unsuspecting parking garage, where we walk a short distance to enter the garden area of the pub. We have a nice, getting reacquainted, visit. Astrid, a creative high end business woman like her mom, is engaged to be married, and Stephani, career oriented like her mom, is married to a lawyer. | L. to R. Astrid, (our niece), Janet, Barney, Stephaanie (Astrid's daughter) | Santa Rita's '120' wines are named in honor of an event in 1814 when General Bernardo O'Higgins together with 120 men fighting to achieve Chile's Independence from Spain, found refuge in the Santa Rita Hacienda. After losing a fierce battle in the city of Rancagua, the 120 patriots were hidden in the barn of Santa Rita until they could recover and continue on their quest for Chile's independence.
29: December 22, 2011 This is our day to travel to Temuco by bus for about 9 hours. We are to leave at 11:45 AM, but departure time is actually at 12:15. We will not stop for any meals so we pack some cheese, rolls, hard salami, pretzels, and water. Barney actually has one warm beer left over, so he does have that to drink along the way. At about 4:30 I finally concede to my bladder’s calling, extend my stiff and swollen legs to proceed to the restroom in the back of the bus. After that experience I decided I am not drinking another drop of water until one hour before we disembark at Temuco! | Bus Fares 500 pesos = $1. | A Vender Inside the Tour Bus | “What hath night to do with sleep?” John Milton, Paradise Lost | Follow our 9 hour bus trip from Santiago to Temuco.
30: It’s a reconnoitering approach to see the country of Chile from north to south in respect to flying or having to drive. We follow along west of the Andes Mountains being about half way between massive snow covered range and the Pacific Ocean. The terrain along our road is from flat to rolling with field after field of grapes. Beside the massive groves of grapes we also see grazing cattle, horses and sheep in other fields. Some other favorite crops along the countryside are corn, at various stages of growth, and wheat that has recently been combined. Enormous orchards of fruit trees form lines along the countryside. Irrigation systems are common in all of the fields. Dairy and beef cattle productions are seen in a few places. The little streams from the melting snow of the Andes were muddy looking like rushing chocolate milk near Santiago, but now the streams appear to be clearer, possibly because of the cooler climate in the south. | View from the bus to the east. | There are fruit packing plants, factories with huge stainless steel vats, and manufacturing works that look interesting and unusual for the US. Cherries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, and many vegetables are just getting ripe in this area of Chile. Logging seems to be another industrial unit for Chile. Unlike the US, bike riders are pedaling along this toll road, also known as the Pan American Highway, along with walkers, not hitchhikers, but instead they seem to be waiting for a special person to pick them up. The bus also makes many stops along the way. Vendors beside the highway sell their wares, of fresh baked good and sandwiches by boarding the bus until the next stop, get off, cross the road, to go back and forth all day long. | The Andes
31: Arriving at the Temuco bus terminal we immediately see Juanita, Hetty, and their husbands waiting for us Pedro, Hetty’s grandson was also waiting with his taxi that he drives in Temuco. Pedro takes Dick and Sandi with Juanita, while we go with Eric, Hetty, and Fernando to Erwin and Helen Rilling’s condo, which is on the 11th floor of a very nice building. Erwin is Barney’s cousin because his dad and Barney’s mom were brother and sister. Again, an elevator took us to their foyer. Juanita and I were presented first in the foyer of Helen and Eric’s house. Waiting impatiently is Cita, who grabs me and hugs me so tight that her tears become contagious. She is so glad she's here to see us! Then when Barney comes up the elevator next with 2 heavy suitcases she squeezes him and cries even harder. Juanita, Hetty, and Helen had prepared a delicious meal for us. Juanita had earlier told Barney that she would prepare a late night snack for us since we would have nothing to eat on the nine hour bus trip. | Taken from our bedroom window at Erwin and Helen's apartment looking to the east at the Andes Mountains. The Volcan Llaima can be seen in the background. | Taken from Erwin and Helen's apartment kitchen window, looking west down Bella Street to Cita's place. Alfred's white Toyota is parked in front of Cita's. | Helen and Erwin Rilling’s apartment, which they own, is very similar to a condo in the US. He owns the apartment, but only his floor. They have windows out every direction, usually the entire length of the wall. A large window garden adorns every window. The garden is about 2 feet wide and probably goes about 2 – 3 feet deep. Some people even have shrubs growing in the uptown garden. Erwin and Helen have small shrubs, huge beautiful purple hydrangea, geraniums (apparently on steroids), and other various flowers usually seen in ground flower gardens. | Temuco
32: Our seats around Cita's Dining room Table | This morning we walk to Cita’s house to have breakfast with Juanita, Fernando, and Cita. We can look out Helen and Erwin’s window and see Cita’s house where Juanita and Fernando are staying. Cita is unable to stay alone in her house because of her cancer. She had radiation that made her weak and somewhat burned. Cita is so glad that Juanita and Fernando can stay in her house and take care of her. | Living Room | Kitchen | Cita and Barney (Reinhard) | Cita; Veronica, Cita's daughter; and Veronica's daughter. | “We are not rich by what we possess, rather by what we can do without.” Immanuel Kant
33: We walk to a fast food chicken restaurant and go on WiFi so we can call home. No one answers at either place so we send a picture and email. On the way back to Cita’s when we are almost in front of her house Sandi trips and falls on the sidewalk. Along almost every street these sidewalks are cracked, raised up, and even partially gone. In the US these would have been fixed long ago, because of the fear of law suits. Sandi is OK and only has scraped her elbow. As we walk up to Cita’s we notice a bent over short elderly gentleman talking to Fernando and Juanita. His name is“Alfonso”. He had once worked for Juanita and Fernando as their gardener when the Posecks had the brush factory in Temuco. The brush factory is now located at the edge of town and is run by Max, who was Barney’s friend when they were growing up. Alfonso, a native Chilean Indian, rides a bike with a cart attached and mounted onto the bike. He uses the cart to take stuff he wants to sell to town. That is how he earns his meager living, now that he is 78 years old. Having fallen into a fire, Alfonso is scarred in the face, but that is partially hidden by his unshaven gruffly looking beard. When he worked for Juanita years ago sometimes he would leave at noon to go home for lunch and not come back. Juanita said they had to fire and rehire him several times. He was married and raised 6 children, among who one daughter is an accountant, another daughter is a teacher, and one son is a pastor. He named his children after Fernando and Juanita. Juanita gives items to him. We notice, being this is spring time that dandelions are blooming profusely. They are called “diente de leon”, meaning “teeth of the lion”. | Fernando, Barney, and Alfonso outside Cita's house | A unique triangular shaped building in Temuco. | "Nothing that you have not given away will ever truly be yours." C.S. Lewis,
34: Slabs of meat being carted into the meat market in the Mercado downtown Temuco. Some pieces fall off onto the ground and the workers just pick up the chunk and lop it back on the cart. | A prominent realtor in Temuco is Vanessa Poseck. She is Max's Poseck's daughter. We have pictures of her and Amy together as babies, while they were living in the US. Max is a childhood friend of Barney. | La Plaza Municipal in Temuco has a parking garage located under the park itself. The garage was constructed under the park preserving the huge unique trees above it. Fernando (Many), Reinhard (Barney), and Dick are standing under one of the lucky trees.
35: Alfred drives us around Temuco so Barney can reminisce and show Dick and Sandi where things used to be. He points out Ani’s old house, which will be soon torn down for a commercial business. Oddly enough there's a newly built casino across the street. Also he includes Poseck’s old brush factory location, Juanita and Fernando’s old house, Alfred’s present house, and the one he wants to buy when he sells his. Alfred was offered a lot of money for his present house because of its prime location. A sign company wants to erect billboards there. Alfred shows us some nicer homes, some new, that he wants to buy when he sells. We are able to view the German school and dormitories where Barney went to school. | Photos taken from Cierro Ñielol, a hill overlooking Temuco. | Alfred, Reinhard, Janet, Sandi, Dick | "Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones" Benjamin Franklin
36: Hetty and Eric's Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary Celebration | This celebration is at The Spanish Club Restaurant which is owned and managed by Vivi's husband and their sons. Hetty and Eric have three daughters: Miriam, Vivi, and Marlene. Miriam and her husband, Carlos have two sons, Pablo, a taxi driver, and an adopted son, Claudio. Vivi and Juan have three sons, Samuel, Andy, and Diego. Marlene has 2 children who were not in attendance. The evening is very well planned by the creative three daughters. They wrote and read a poem that seems to moisten eyes of the listeners honoring the 60 year committed couple. December 23, 2011 | Reinhard and a former German School Teacher from Deutsche Schule, Annemarie Reiss Zimmerman. He's amazed at how well she seems to like him! | Miriam, Carlos, and Reinhard | Sandi, Juanita, Miriam | Juanita, Miriam, Claudio, Vivi | Seated at table, Erwin and Helen Rilling, Reinhard's cousin who graciously let us use their condo. | Happy Anniversary, Hetty and Eric | "Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, " -Paul in The Holy Bible, I Corinthians 13:4-7 | Hetty Eric +
37: Hetty, Cita, ( 2 of Reinhard's sisters) and Vivi, a niece | Vivi and Juan's sons: Samuel and his wife Carol, Andy and his girl friend, Vivi and Diego. | Head Table at 60th Anniversary L to R: Eric's sister, Edith Schüerch; Eric; Hetty; Alfred and Dalia Schubert; and Cita. | Marlene, Pablo, Carlos, Claudio | Juan, Vivi, Marlene, and Miriam reading a poem they had prepared honoring their parents. | Marlene with her parents, Eric and Hetty | Brothers and Sisters with their spouses: Alfred, Dalia, Fernando. Juanita, Eric, Hetty, Cita, Reinhard, Janet | Reinhard, Cita, Hetty, Juanita, Alfred | 60 Loving Years
38: December 24, 2011, Sightseeing and Reminiscing Around Temuco: | Adalbert and Martha's Grave, Barney's parents, L to R: Fernando, Juanita, Barney, Alfred | In Chile the graves are vertically stacked and usually include family members. | Heidi's grave, Cita's daughter | Ani's former house, waiting to be torn down for new construction | Deutsche Schule Soccer Field | Deutsche Schule Private German School where Barney attended. Dormatories are located elsewhere, called The Heim | "Thank You Becker Stadium Infrastructure at the Highest Level The Temuco that you love". | Copec Station that Carlos told us about. We used their WiFi to connect with home. We walk there often! | “We see a hearse; we think sorrow. We see a grave; we think despair. We hear of a death; we think of a loss. Not so in heaven. When heaven sees a breathless body, it sees the vacated cocoon & the liberated butterfly.” | “We see a hearse; we think sorrow. We see a grave; we think despair. We hear of a death; we think of a loss. Not so in heaven. When heaven sees a breathless body, it sees the vacated cocoon & the liberated butterfly.”
39: At 7:30 PM we walk to Cita’s to be picked up by Alfred again to go to church for Christmas Eve service. Alfred has to make 2 trips to get Barney, Dick, Sandi, Juanita, Fernando, Cita, and I all there. When we arrive at Hetty’s we are told that Eric, Hetty’s husband, is in the emergency room of the hospital because he fell while out walking with his daughter Marlene. Eric has a bad heart so we are concerned. We go on to church which is about a block down the street. The service is beautiful with a lot of music to familiar Christmas melodies. An orchestra of 4 cellos, 3 violins, keyboard, and drums celebrate the birth of Jesus. One of the violin players is a cousin, Enrique Rilling, Jr. We talk to him after the service and find out he is 18. His great-grandfather, Enrique Rilling, Sr. was Barney’s mom’s brother. | Enrique Rilling, Jr. His great-grandfather was Martha Schubert's brother, Enrique Rilling Sr. | Rudy Rilling's family and Barney. Rudy is Enrique's father (photo on left) | We also see David Ullrich , a son of Fernando, Ani’s son. David, when we last saw him, was a curly dark haired pudgy little boy of about two years old toddling around Ani’s place. We also see Max Poseck and his wife. Their daughter is Vanessa, the realtor. We have seen her name on “Se Vende” signs quite often. | Christmas Eve Services | “The only source of knowledge is experience” Albert Einstein
40: With the services over we walk back to Hetty’s to find Eric scraped up, but OK. He had tripped on the sidewalk and fell. His hands and face show signs of the sidewalk’s skirmish. His lip is swollen, but no stitches. Dinner is served at 10:00 PM by Hetty and her three daughters, Miriam, Vivi, and Marlene. After visiting, Alfred brings us back to our apartment at 11:30. It sure doesn't seem like Christmas Eve. My thoughts carry me home, half the world away, thinking about Allison, Mikey, and Mia, probably too excited to go to sleep. | Christmas Eve dinner at Hetty & Eric's | L to R: Hetty, Eric, Janet, Barney, Fernando, Juanita, Sandi | L to R: Dick, Vivi, Juan, Alfred, Miriam Hetty, Eric | 60 th Anniversary Plaque From: Juanita, Fernando, Barney, Janet | Christmas Day: | Hetty and Eric's Home | Hetty and Eric know a couple who have a daughter working at Ohio State University greeting new students from Spanish speaking countries. She shows them around the campus and helps then settle into the life at OSU. She also talks to them about Christianity and introduces them to Christian college life. In the photo (right) the mother of this girl is shown talking to Barney. | Carlos, Marlene, Miriam, Hetty
41: Hetty's efficient wood burning cook stove also serves as their water heater. | Christmas Day, 2011 As planned we have breakfast at Cita’s prepared our diligent caretaker, Juanita. Alfred picks us up at 11:30 to go to Hetty’s. From there we are to promenade over to church which is only a couple doors down the street from Hetty's. The choir's melodious account of the birth of our Savior did fill me with traditional Christmas emotions. After church we go to Hetty’s for another delicious traditional Chilean Christmas spread. | Eric and Hetty’s back yard has every square inch planted with vegetables or flowers, fruit trees or bushes surround the tightly filled area. The front yard looks quaint and very well kept. Adding to the charisma of this domicile, picturesque hanging flower boxes flow from the upstairs windows. The abundantly flowering plants hang about half way down the front of the house forming a blanket of pink. More blooming florets wind their way up and around, on both sides of the fence surrounding the yard. Flowering vines of copihue wrap around the pillars on the porch. Inside the front porch are more flowers purposefully placed inviting one to a charming, but simple home. In fact Hetty tells us that a television station from Santiago came to her house to take pictures to use in the broadcasts. | A Sample of Hetty's Beautiful Flowers | Almost every square inch of Hetty's backyard is functional vegetation. | Eric's Workshop | A home-made battery charger | Reusing to make bird feeders
42: Eric and Hetty tell us about the robbery they had when they were away for a couple days. The thieves must have thought the picturesque house was inviting also as they climbed over the fence and broke in through a window. Hetty’s valuable and treasured jewelry, guns, and money were stolen. All drawers were gone through and dumped on the floor. Retelling the story makes them half sick. Carlos, Miriam’s husband, walks to find WiFi for us at a Copec gas station. We are so happy to call the kids on Christmas Day! Just to hear their voices is a wonderful Christmas blessing! Alfred takes the four of us to a small restaurant to have drinks and unwind. Sandi and I each have a pisco sour. Alfred brings us back to the apartment where we stay up an hour or two talking. This is a Christmas not like any other! | Unwinding after a busy Christmas Day: Alfred, Sandi, Dick, Barney | Monday, December 26, 2011 After walking to Cita’s for breakfast, Alfred takes us to meet Christian, his son. He knows someone who has a car rental business. We rent a 2011 with 10,000 km. on it already. It is a nice car, but does not have much more backseat width than Alfred’s own car. It is a sedan and costs $90.00 a day to rent. Alfred is afraid his own car will have some problems going as far as we plan to go. We are anticipating a sightseeing trip to the Southern part of Chile to see the region of many lakes and see at least one volcano. | We drive about 200 miles on the Pan American Highway. Also along the road about every two kilometers we see “SOS” solar powered phone. The landscape gets greener and more rolling than up north in Temuco where we see rocky, sharper terrain. The fields have corn, wheat, raps, cattle and sheep grazing, looking much like some rolling fields in Ohio. The look of the highway is much like our 4 lane interstates except you can see all the extra pedestrians. Along the way we start seeing Volcano Osorno. It appears to be across a couple of fields and down a road or two. Actually, it is approximately 70 miles away! It must be HUGE!
43: “Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.” Henry Norris Russell | Our strategy is to stay overnight in a motel, but we do not have any reservations. But we actually had some reservations about going without a plan of where to stay, because of the Christmas holiday. But we think we’d try our luck. On the way Alfred tells his experience when he actually hit a drunk man. The inebriated man stepped off the curb directly into his path. When the body rolled up over the hood of Alfred's car, he broke the windshield. The man complained of pain in one of his legs, so he was taken to the hospital. Alfred was not held responsible because the man should have been more responsible. At one point as we're traveling and sightseeing, Alfred just pulls off the road, much to our surprise. Barney asks him, what’s the matter, and Alfred says he has to stop because he's about to fall asleep. So Dick says he wants to drive. | Alfred shows us swampy areas that cover many acres or square miles. These areas were once fields that were being farmed before the earthquake in 1960. (This earthquake is the strongest ever recorded on earth.) The lily pads, who now find a home in this expanse, are freely blooming with beautiful light pink flowers. There are some higher stretches of rolling green land where dairy and beef cattle are grazing obliviously. Fields of wheat, corn, oats, and raps seem to trundle along the highway with us. | One of the many swampy areas that were productive fields before the 1960 earthquake.
44: Kunstmann Brewery | Some of the best beer in Chile is produced at the Kuntsmann Brewery in Valdivia, Chile. This German cerveza is made in the South of Chile. This independent beer company makes micro-brewery style quality beers with different flavors. | Pictures on the wall outside the restrooms at Kunstmann Restaurant. | We travel through some small villages to help us get the flavor of the area. Valdivia is a medium sized port and resort back off the Pacific Ocean, on the south bank of Rio Calle Calle, which becomes the Rio Valdivia. Other rivers, Rio Cau Cau and Rio Cruces cause this scenic city to be also known as The City of Rivers. The scenery mimics beautiful resorts on the Mediterranean Sea, but the German immigration in the area is evident in the architecture. We stop at the Kunstmann Micro-Brewery for lunch.
45: As we travel through developed stretches, we progress closer to the Pacific Ocean where a small town, Niebia, watches the Rio Valdidia, become part of the Pacific Ocean. Niebia was once known as Fuerte Niebia, or Fort Niebia, is now a popular swimming and sunbathing area. Traveling east, we soon are able to see afore mentioned Volcano Osorno which is not active presently, but will “poof” every once in a while. We are able to view this volcano across Lake Llanquihue from the city Frutillar. We notice musical symbols as the shapes given to structures throughout this artsy town. During the months of January and February Frutillar hosts a music festival where all styles of music from chamber music to jazz are showcased. Next stop on our two day vacation is at Frutillar on the Lago Llanquihue. Frutillar is the Spanish word for strawberry. This resort town has a beautiful view of the Volcano Osorno. The area around this part of Chile is inhabited by more Europeans than the northern part. The reason for the higher number of Germans in the area is because the climate here is more like what they were used to in their home land. Their influence is also noticeable in names of streets and businesses. | From Frutillar, looking across Lake Llanquihue to Volcano Osorno | "Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson
46: After driving through the city of Frutillar we find a large, three bedroom cabin to rent on Lake Llanquihue for the night. When we retire for the night we have plans of viewing the volcano in the morning. | Our cabin on Lago Llanquihue | Volcano Osorno rising through the fog. | Tuesday, 12 – 27 – 11 Fog this morning prevented our anticipated morning view of Volcano Osorno. Our cabin easily slept all of us. It has a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, living room with a scenic view of the lake, and three bedrooms for $90.00 US. The lake is crystal clean and unbelievably warm. The clear water actually fells warmer than the air. One can easily see down to the black stones. The sand on the beaches is black also from volcanic activity. We have breakfast in a “Mom and Pop Café” with the typical Chilean breakfast of bread, cheese, lunch meat, and eggs. | Breakfast at a cafe near Lake Llanquihue | We travel through Puerto Varas on the lake and can only see the bottom part of the Volcano Osorno because of the morning fog. This quaint town is more upscale from Frutillar. The countryside is rolling with cattle and sheep grazing on the hills. This area is also known to have a strong German influence because the climate and landscape is very much like what they were used to in the homeland.
47: Chile's Beautiful Scenery Traveling Through the Lake Region | Chile | Chile's Lake District (in yellow on the map) is famous for its spectacular scenery of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, forests, popular resorts, year-round sports, and traditional folklore, handicrafts and legends. Chile's Lake District is aptly named. There are twelve major lakes in the district, with dozens more dotting the landscape. Between the lakes there are rivers, waterfalls, forests, thermal hot springs, and the Andes, including six volcanoes with Villarrica being the highest at 9395 ft (2,847 m.) The scenery has been likened to Switzerland. With the early emigrations from Germany, there's a subsequent German feel to farms, towns and traditions. | Breath-Taking Views
48: Our next stop with our tour guide, Alfred, is at Petrohue to see the falls. As soon as we got out of the car we are attacked by huge flies that sounded like bees. The insects are called Tabano or Colohuacho. I think they seem like our horseflies. They will bite if not brushed or swatted away. I am bitten 7 times, with one time drawing blood. We are told the Tabano insect is only bad for about a month and then they are gone. After entering the park at Petrohue we follow the trail, and then bridges over the rushing water. There are huge black rocks near the falls, which are remains from the volcano. The falls remind me of Niagara but much smaller and flatter in areas with turns and twists as it falls adding to the beauty. The water is amazingly clean and blue, since it is melting snow from the Andes. A tour boat is down below in the water near the tallest falls pushing up to the rushing water, much like the “Maid of the Mist” at Niagara Falls. Salmon will swim upstream in the water. The woods behind the falls follows straight up the mountain side making homes for rabbits, puma, and deer. | Huge biting flies called Tabanos | Visiting Petrohue Falls Volcano Osorno in Background | "If a drop of water falls in a lake there is no identity. But if it falls on a leaf of lotus, it shines like a pearl. So choose the best place where you would shine."
49: Petrohue Falls inside the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, | Volcano Osorno | After visiting the Petrohue Falls we back track to have lunch at a very nice place Christian, Alfred’s son recommends. It is called “La Olla” which means “The Kettle”. Our waitress speaks a little English and has to have the patience of Job while taking our orders from a total Spanish menu. | Volcanoes tend to exist along the edges between tectonic plates, massive rock slabs that make up Earth's surface. About 90 percent of all volcanoes exist within the Ring of Fire along the edges of the Pacific Ocean.
50: Traveling along the road heading back to Temuco, we notice the various layers and colors of the soil. We find it unusual that the layers curve up and down in a wavy pattern. Dick decides he wants to drive again and give Alfred a rest. | Eucalyptus trees are numerous and the aroma of their leaves is evident. Alfred says the leaves are not poisonous and sometimes used to make a tea. There are toll booths set up about every 50 km. along the Pan Am Highway. At one toll booth the toll collector hands Dick a pamphlet telling what to do in case of a volcanic eruption. We think, "This is odd", because we never got one of those at any of the other toll booths. While traveling we notice the atmosphere seems to be getting foggy. Then we think we smell ashes! I say, "Maybe a volcano erupted", being somewhat factious. Then Alfred, not understanding what I had said states, “I think it’s from a volcano” in Spanish. (Some of us chuckle.) Later that night Barney talks to Juanita on the phone and asks about a volcano and she says one did erupt in Argentina. The wind had carried the soot and smog into Chile. We arrive back in Temuco at about 7:30 and are ready for dinner. Cars are flying everywhere, one way streets make it next to impossible to get from here to a couple streets over. We decide we want pizza at the same pub/bar type place we had been to before. Alfred directs Dick to turn here, there, get in this lane now, but go back to the other after passing a stop sign, etc. At one point Dick almost ran over a woman and Alfred yells, “I know she’s ugly, but don’t kill her!” We order pizza that can not hold a candle to good old American pizza, and then go back to the apartment. | Schüerch's House | Schüerch's Garden and Orchard | December 28, 2011
51: 12 – 28 – 11 Today is our anniversary! 43 years! As usual we go to Cita’s for breakfast. The men take the rental car back while Juanita, and I walk to a store downtown to buy a new curling iron for me. My other one must have had too much wattage and overheated. At 11:30 we leave to go to the country to have lunch and once’ at Kurt and Edith Schüerch's farm located just north of Temuco. Edith is a sister to Hetty’s husband, Eric. They were all in the states a few years ago and came to our house for dinner. The Schüerch's own over 1000 hectares’, or 2000 acres. The Pan American Highway runs through the middle of their farm. In fact we turn into the drive directly off of the Highway! That is something very different from in the states: Driveways come right off the big 4 lane Pan American Highway, along with the many other side shows we have witnessed during the other travels on this famous 2 continent spanning roadway. After some curves, going through gates, around some thick bushes, and past some huge implement sheds we arrive at the farmhouse. Kurt and Edith’s house is as cute as a button. | There are flowers everywhere! Many are old varieties that have kept trimmed and cared for through the years. Vegetable gardens are at numerous places in blocked off areas cultivating any kind of vegetable one could think of: potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, artichokes, asparagus, corn, peas, green beans, lettuce, cabbage, red cabbage, rhubarb and more than I can remember right now! There are fruit trees plotted in any spot imaginable including: sweet black cherries, red cherries, apricot, peach, varieties of apples, and fruit bushes lopping over loaded with berries waiting to be added to kuchen (a German dessert looking similar to a huge pie, with thin cake-like crust and rich creamy filling of fruit). My first thought is how does a lady in her 80’s take care of a garden that would make Blanche Bowers and Janet Schubert green with envy? But I need not worry, because she has a full time gardener that takes care of it all. | Huge grape arbor that shaded our picnic area. | Juanita, Edith, and Hetty, behind the tree. | “On this our anniversary, we may not have wealth, but we do have each other and that is worth more than anything in the world.” | 43rd Anniversary
52: Kurt and Edith Schüerch's Grandson, Christian grilling the meat | Deer in Kurt's meadow | Llama | Donkey | Reinhard, Fernando, Kurt, Eric | Sandi, Dick, Cita relaxing under the grape arbor. | Dinner is served under the grape arbor, out of the sun. Mariana and her mom, Helen bring us the first course along with Christian serving chicken wings. Working in the kitchen are two cooks, a young Chilean gentleman and a middle aged lady. We count seven different types of salads. They must have known I was coming! These people are so sweet! | "Your life is what your thoughts make it. " Marcus Aurelius
53: Looking back across a pasture I see, standing under a big tree animals that I swear are deer. Barney said no, can’t be, they have to be goats. About three of them are white, so I think I guess he’s right. BUT THEY ARE DEER! One usually colored doe has twin fawns that are so bouncy, and cute. I think there are probably about 15 deer altogether. Later in the day Kurt takes Sandi, Dick, Barney, and I on a tour of the farm animals in his pick-up truck. Kurt has a special license to keep the deer and he raises them just for a hobby. Also on the farm we see burros, llamas, goats, bantam chickens, four smaller dogs and 2 guard dogs. Kurt says his diesel gasoline kept coming up missing so he has taken precautions. Walking up to the house reminds me so much of Grandma and Grandpa's backyard. There is a grandiose “L” - shaped grape arbor I guess to be about 36 feet by 16 feet twice! The vines are loaded with tiny green clusters grapes that Edith says will be ready in March. Kurt and Edith’s grandson, Christian is in charge of grilling several huge chucks of beef, sausage, chicken, and pork. Christian is a very good looking young man that speaks English with an accent, but he knows how to converse. (Always a plus for us gringos) While talking to Christian I find out that he lived and studied in New Zealand. He was a pilot and also taught flight school. He wants to study more to be a commercial pilot. His mom, Mariana lives nearby on the farm. Kurt and Edith’s son also lives on the farm. The son is the manager of the farm, and Mariana the secretary for the operation of the farm in another house The farm hands (10 farm hands employed full-time) are preparing the combines to get ready to take off the wheat, early January for this southern hemisphere area. A part needs to be ordered so Mariana has to go to the office and place a combine part order. | Eric and Fernando: Hetty's and Juanita's husbands | Steam Engine at Eric's Farm | One of three combines used on Kurt's farm | Sign in Farm Office
54: On the farm tour we count at least four very large tractors, three combines, several semis and multiple other types of modern farming machinery. Alfred takes us back to Temuco, which is about 40 minutes away on the Pan American Highway. | “At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” Friedrich Nietzsche | Some of Kurt Schüerch's farm equipment: | A field of raps -rapeseed is used to make canola oil. | Kurt distributes Gideon Bibles. This outbuilding is stacked to the ceiling with boxes of new Gideon Bibles, ready to reach a lost soul. | Dick: letting his lunch settle.
55: Thursday, 12 – 29 – 11 I finish up my newsletter to prepare it to send to Mark's and Amy’s families. We want to walk to the Copec gas station where there’s WiFi to send it. We first walk to Cita’s and have breakfast prepared by Juanita and Cita. After breakfast we walk to Copec to check emails and send our latest newsletter. We continue to do some more errands. Cita wants us to get her some hair coloring a few blocks away, Sandi wants her sandal repaired which is only about one block from the hair coloring shop. We also jaunt over to a book store to purchase some maps and calendars. Dick and Sandi have some legal papers to fax back to Dan, so Barney and I leave to go back to Cita’s since Juanita is planning on us for lunch at 1:00 and it is getting close to 1:30. Erwin and Helen are at Cita’s for a full course dinner of roast, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, salad, and tomatoes. Herbert’s son, Steven had given Cita a tall beautifully decorated cake. (Herbert is Heini’s son) Steven’s wife owns a few bakeries in Temuco and is known for her delicious, delicately decorated cakes and pastries. The cake and fruit are enjoyed for dessert. After finishing the dishes Juanita, Sandi, Fernando, Barney, and I walk to the place where the “Tur Del Sur” bus will come in from Puerto Montt after our cruise on next Thursday. Dick goes on to finish his business with Dan and the lawyer. Then he is going back to the apartment to sleep. The rest of us walk on to the mall which is on the same street as Ani’s former house. It is about a 5 km walk to the mall which is just like the massive shopping centers in the US with 2 floors and escalators. Juanita complains that her back hurts, but at 81 she seems raring to go. Fernando, being 89 seemed to have a hard time going as fast as Juanita, who led the way. The styles shown in the stores may be a little ahead of the US, as Ani says they are. We notice sandals that have straps around the ankle as being a fashion trend. We’ll probably see them all over the US next spring. Also popular are flowing tops worn over tights or skin tight jeans. Fernando wants ice cream as he tells Sandi the ice cream is good at Bravissimo, an ice cream chain store we have seen around. Barney, Juanita, and Sandi do not like the ice cream saying it is aerated like it had been whipped. It looks like puffy whipped cream. Fernando eats all of his. Since it is getting late (close to 6:30) we decide to walk back to Cita’s. Everyone is tired and Barney wants to get a taxi, but Fernando insists that we just keep walking. We finally make it to Cita’s about 7:30, Sandi and I help prepare a “once’”, or small snack. Back at the apartment we finish our packing to go on the Skorpios Cruise. Most of our luggage will stay back at the apartment, but we end up packing one large suitcase, one small suitcase, our carry on, and laptop, so I can type on the bus. | "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~Vernon Howard
56: Friday, 12 – 30 – 11 We wake up early, walk to Cita’s with our luggage where Juanita prepares a large breakfast. The bus station is about a 20 minute walk where the bus “Tur del Sur” will take us to Puerto Montt. We will be on the Skorpios Cruise until January 4, 2012. The cruise to San Rafael Glacier was a trip of a lifetime! This cruise is detailed in another photo album. | Thursday, January 5, 2012 All goes smooth getting to the bus station and getting on the bus heading north. The bus makes several short stops in small towns which took a lot more time. At one point Sandi notices our driver is multi-tasking while driving. Talking on a cell phone, eating, drinking water, counting money, and chatting constantly, are among the odd jobs completed. Probable results of this activity while driving are cutting off a panel truck, going over the speed limit several times, (at that point a loud bells rings) and breaking too late to pick up passengers. All of this causes the screeching, howling brakes. Oh yes, a few cases of ROAD RAGE emerges from our life dependent chauffeur. Getting back into Temuco couldn’t have happened sooner, and did happen at 4:15 PM. Going farther and farther north warms the bus, which doesn't seem to have working air conditioning. But waiting patiently at the bus stop are Juanita and Fernando. It is so good to see pleasant smiles as we step on terra firma once again. | In the evening we (Dick, Sandi, Barney, and I) take Erwin, Helen, Alfred, Cita, Juanita, Fernando, Hetty, and Eric out to eat at “Don Camaron” meaning “Mr. Shrimp”, an upscale restaurant owned by Vivi’s husband and managed by their son, Andy. One waiter and Andy speak English so we are able to know what we order. Andy is an extremely polite, very good looking young man. The restaurant is at the edge of Temuco, a drive of about 10 minutes in crazy, loco traffic! A few years ago the city of Temuco outlawed blowing horns unless a REAL Emergency. Well the annoying horns are still blowing but only by the most REAL serious road rage drivers. Barney and Dick order roasted lamb that was marinated in a special sauce that Andy makes. The portion size is bigger than huge; about the size of a small roast! Barney and Dick both say it doesn’t taste like lamb at all and they really enjoy it. Andy also makes an unique hot sauce. He says he grinds up the dried red peppers and adds some other spices and vinegar. Dick and Sandi want to buy a bottle to take home, but Andy says it needs to be refrigerated. He tells Dick he will bring him a small bottle of it right before we leave on Thursday. Back at the apartment Erwin and Helen talk and Barney translates until late! Dinner was at 8:00 so I imagine it is after 11:00 before we return. Erwin finds old deeds to the farm that Adelbert Schubert, Barney’s dad, owned. Barney asks Erwin if he can make copies of the documents to keep for himself.
57: Outside the Don Camaron Restaurant L to R: Alfred Schubert, Hetty Grollmus, Eric Grollmus, Fernando Poseck, Juanita Poseck, Helen Rilling, Erwin Rilling, Cita Schubert, Barney Schubert, Janet Schubert, Sandi Gieringer, Andy. Below: Andy and one of his English Speaking Waiters, Erwin is seated. | Above: Barney, Hetty, and Eric | Guests of Honor: Erwin and Helen Rilling | Left: My meal, grilled shrimp! | Below: Cita and Alfred | Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. Francis Bacon
58: Friday, 1 – 6 – 12 At breakfast, Cita’s grandson, Veronica’s son stops in for a few minutes. Since parking downtown is such a premium and very expensive, he parks his car in Cita’s garage for the day. He is a very nice, polite handsome young man. I tell him I remember him from when we were here the last time in 1997. He was about 8 – 10 years old then. Now he has two children! We did notice pampers in his car! Today we accomplish some last minute shopping. Dick and Barney walk to the Lan Chile office uptown where we have to confirm our flight for next Thursday. We also copy the old deeds from Barney’s dad’s farm. They are all handwritten in very impressive calligraphy. But we still can't find out any genealogical information about the Schubert side. Juanita says she has a cousin that lives in Santiago that emails her in the US frequently. She may have found some more information. I will keep searching. | We go to Stephen Schubert’s for dinner. Stephen is Herbert’s son, and Herbert is Heini’s son. (We actually have a picture of Herbert, his wife, Stephen, his sister, Mark and Amy from the very first time we were in Chile. The photo was taken outside Herbert’s Restaurant in Santiago.) Stephen is a lawyer in Temuco. His wife, Mariana manages 4 pastry shops in Temuco selling cakes, kuchen, and other sinful looking pastries. They have two adorable little boys. Clemente is 4 and Lucas is 2. They are expecting their 3rd boy, who they will name Bastian. As any other 4 and 2 year olds they are showing us how they romp with their dog, named Moca, a long haired Golden Retriever. Moca is excited for company to come and let the boys crawl all over her and hug her. Clemente and Lucas are two well-behaved, loving lucky little guys., | Stephen and his family outside their home. L. to R.: Stephen, Clemente, Fernando, Lucas, Barney, Mariana, Cita, Sandi | Stephen being held by his mom, L. to R.: Mark, Ani, Janet, Amy, Stephen's mom, Stephen, Astrid, Herbert, Udo taken in 1980
59: Stephen and his wife pick us up at Cita’s with two larger vehicles. Juanita, Fernando, Cita, Dick, Sandi, Barney, and I all fit easily in their larger SUV and truck with a back seat. Their house is out in the country where newer homes are being built. Stephen and his wife bought a few acres to keep from having close neighbors. They then sold property next door to his in-laws (Mariana’s parents and brother) to build on the property down the road. Max Poseck and his wife also live down the road. Stephen said he planned their house and his brother-in-law built it, “almost for free” he said. The unique design of the 6 year-old house is perfect for the terrain of the land in the area. It has a lot of angled ceilings which make it interesting. They want to add on by building up with some more angles of the roof line. One thing we all (the gringoes) like is the patio with high ceiling, windows on three sides except for a huge fireplace and bar-b-cue grill on part of one wall. The landscaping is awesome. Mariana’s mother is interested in plants and has a green thumb to grow “a twig from a tree into a plant”, as they say. Lucas, two years old, has shoulder length loose spiral, curls all over his head. These “can’t keep from touching” curls bounced around his dimpled, grinning pudgy face as he ran incessantly. Next to my son and grandsons, he is the cutest little guy I’ve ever seen! He smiles all the time with the most pleasant disposition. They have a nice, but busy family. A maid/nanny comes every morning to care for the boys, do housework, and some cooking. She does not live with them as we have seen in some households in Chile. But Mariana says since her family is so close they help each other out. | Lucas, showing us his acrobatic tricks on the couch. | Stephen and Mariana Schubert's house | "A person's true character is revealed by what he does when no one is watching."
60: Mariana’s parents own a pastry company, called Marriots, which caters to many places. Her dad, who can speak fluent English, started out making and selling items from his basement. Mariana’s mom is an attractive lady with natural beauty. In fact, Juanita had her in Sunday School when she was a little girl. This lady was adopted by a family that lived near where Harold grew-up and they played together like brother and sister when they were little. (Such a small world!) Now they have a substantial, lucrative business and sell franchises to their children. Mariana has bought 4 franchises so far. They are famous in Temuco and the area for delicious, beautifully decorated pastry. They also have a 2 story restaurant downtown Temuco in a nice, renovated building, similar to a coffee shop or café, where sandwiches and other food besides pastries are served. In fact, this restaurant, which we saw later, is in the Massmann Building, which is the old hardware store that Barney remembered. We met the lady on the Skorpios Cruise that knew Ani. For desert Mariana serves a white cake with layers of creamy raspberry filling. She also thinks of a huge piece of sugar-free, fat-free raspberry pie/kuchen for Fernando, who is diabetic and he shares with me. Since Stephen doesn’t like creamy desserts, he has about 1/4th of a tall chocolate cake thickly drizzled with fudge. | Above - This building in Temuco used to be the Massmann Hardware, owned by the family of the lady Barney met on the Skorpios Cruise. Now the building is redesigned similar to a mall with many smaller boutique-type shops inside. One of Mariana's family bakeries is located inside with a deli restaurant. | Her family owned the Massmann Hardware in Temuco. Barney knew the exact hardware store, and had been there many times. The lady also went to Dueshe Schule the same private German School Barney had graduated from. She was about 10 years younger than Barney, but had a “Schubert” in her class. Barney was thinking it was probably one of Heini’s sons. The lady also knew of Ani Schubert and had visited her stores many times. | “We become what we are committed to.” | Right - One of Mariana's parents' pastry stores inside the Massmann Building | Left - Barney talking to a daughter in the Massmann Family. We met her on the Skorpios Cruise.
61: After dinner we are asking Stephen about his law practice. He says he’s in a firm with 2 partners. They handle all kinds of crimes. He went to Texas to study for one year and lived with Robert (Roby) when he lived in Texas. Stephen says he thinks he has forgotten some English, but he speaks perfect English, according to me. Even better than what one can hear in the states sometimes! Since there are so many relatives in Temuco, Barney asks him if he ever had to defend or prosecute anyone in the family. He says that once he defended a cousin, and they won, but once Georgie was on the defense as a witness. Stephen said Georgie did a good job and explained what he saw honestly and the prosecution won the case. But it wasn’t anything against Georgie because he only had to tell what he saw. Stephen says in fact Georgie’s testimony is what probably won the case for the prosecution and lost the case for the defense. At about 11:15 PM, back at the apartment we put away some of the laundry, that we had put on a drying rack. We are all so tired we crash! Barney and Dick hear music and yelling in the night. We figure it's a Friday night party somewhere. We find out in the morning from Cita’s house Juanita heard loud talking and yelling like they were having a party. Hey – It’s Friday night in Temuco, Chile! Today we can see the Volcano Llaima from our 11th floor bedroom window. Not often one can see a volcano from one’s bedroom window. It did last erupt a couple years ago but not much. In fact, it erupted with small “spits” right before the 2010 earthquake. Temuco is set up on a grid, like Putnam County roads, so it makes it easier to find places, and if one doesn’t mind walking it’s a great place to shop! | Very Patient Electrical workers in downtown Temuco | With the current exchange, this price would be comparable to about $6.00 a gallon in the U.S. | View of Volcano Llaima from from our bedroom window at Erwin and Helen's apartment. | "The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him."
62: Saturday, 1 - 7 – 12 The watchman/security guard stationed in the entrance on the first floor of the apartment speaks some English. He is a retired policeman who, as he put it, “fell in love with a 74 year old lady who worked for the US government, when he was 56”. He moved to Colorado to live with her and learned some English. Today we are going to the farm where Barney grew up. Erwin and Helen Rilling live there, but have an apartment in Temuco where we are staying on the 11th floor. It is summer and the gardens are producing; the fruit trees are abundant with large black cherries, yellow sweet cherries, peaches, and plums; and bushes are loaded with black berries, red raspberries, and currents. Erwin and Helen have been spending their days and nights at the farm. The Rillings have been here at the apartment only one time since we initially arrived in Temuco, and that was so we could take them out to eat. They were here the day we came so they could show us how some things work. | The farm is near the towns of Tolten and Comuy in Chile. One thing we notice going down the Pan American Highway is a series of 3 to 4 combines heading to the next big fields. The corn is about ready to tassel in this area. At the edge of town we notice farm equipment dealers and agri-chemical companies. Every so often on the Pan American Highway there are toll booths. At the first of the year the toll went up from 1900 pesos to 2000 pesos. 2000 pesos equals about $4.00 in American money. We remark that we have been rain-free since the Panama Canal. Basically to get to the farm from Temuco one has to follow the Rio Tolten. We exit the Pan American Highway south of Temuco at the Pitrufquen Exit. The road quickly turns to gravel. On this road toward the farm we pass an ox cart. At the Rio Dorguil we see people swimming in the shallow clear water. | After traveling gravel roads we come upon the Faja Maisan, named for the people who first settled there. We pass a grist mill and come to Harold’s mom’s home place. Her name is Gertrude but goes by Trudy. We stop to say hello. She lives on her home place with her sister. People will stop in and check on them often, because they are quite elderly and isolated. | "Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing." ~D. Hedges
63: Harold Schubert's Mom's home place. She still lives here with her sister. | Barney with Harold's mother, Gertrude (Trude) Schubert | Sandi, Dick, Barney and Alfred waiting outside Trude Schubert's house. | Next we come to the church where Barney and his family went every Sunday. As we pull into the grassy drive, we notice an elderly lady in the backyard of the house beside the church. Barney and Alfred walk up to the lady who is watering her flowers to ask about the church. After the lady looks them over more carefully, she recognizes Alfred and said, “Alfred!” And they hug. Barney asks her if she knows him (he doesn't know her) and she says, “Reinhard”. This blows Barney away! She is a classmate of Alfred’s and knows both of the Schubert boys instantly. She opens the church for us to go in and look around. Her name is Helga Redel. | Barney, Helga Redel, and Alfred | Sign on road denoting Faja Maisan Church | Iglesia Faja Maisan (German Faja Maisan Church) | “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin
64: Now the membership has some young people. The service is held 2 times a month in German. We see a list of members’ names inside the church and many of them are “Rilling”. Most of them are Barney's cousins. Next we travel on down the road and Alfred shows us where many of his and Barney’s relatives of live. Most are German or Swiss and live the life similar to the Amish that we are familiar with in Ohio. Many have dairy farms where they make and sell cheese. These quaint areas remind me of the Amish! | Pews inside the small German Church | BELOW: Some names of members of the church: Rilling is Barney's mother's maiden name. | Bible study areas of the German Church
65: We cross over the Rio Mahuidanche on a wooden bridge, on the road to the Faja Maisan. (pronounced “Foka Micen”). We walk up to the school building and try to see in since it was now summer vacation in Chile. It is a one room school that is still used by the Germans in the area. Built since Barney was there, is a gymnasium which we are able to enter. It is very small compared to our gyms in the US. | Barney and Alfred reminiscing about their favorite school subject, RECESS! | In front of the school where Barney spent five years of formal education. | While Barney attended this school there were outhouses which he knew well. He admits to all of us that one time he had not done his homework so he threw his notebook in the hole in the outhouse. Another schoolmate saw it and told the teacher. The teacher scolded him and his dad gave him a good whipping when he got home. | "German School Faja Maisan No. 31" | "Computer Room" | We join Alfred and Barney on a memory walk out back of the school. | Inside Gymnasium | Teacher's House located next to the school. | "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Brooks Adams
66: Fire Station for the area known as "Faja Maisan". | Upon arriving at the childhood home of Barney we notice this well cared for house up a turning lane and on a hill. There are several out buildings around the farm house. One building is close to the house where Juanita remembers they lived while the big house was being built. Of course Barney does not remember this because he was born in the new, bigger house. The bigger house was built in 3 to 4 months. We walk up and down the rolling hills around the farm. It is such a beautiful place! Erwin takes us around through the vegetable gardens. Not one weed is to be found in the huge vegetable garden or the beautiful flower gardens. | Our arrival at the back door of Barney's childhood home. L.-R. Sandi, Juanita, Helen, Barney, Claudia, | A beautiful, well-tended garden | “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” Francis Bacon | “I never knew anybody . . . who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details.” Ursula K. Le Guin,
67: Erwin and Helen’s daughter, Claudia, and granddaughter, Valeska are there to help. Valeska, a charming, beautiful and amiable young girl is studying to be a midwife. This is a profession that is increasing in need and popularity in Chile. The degree requires 5 years of college work and an internship. | Barney and Erwin discuss the far borders of this cherished, family name-sake picturesque farmland. | "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Marcus Tullius Cicero | ABOVE: This 10' plus tall building is NOT an NBA Outhouse! Instead it is a smoke house Adalbert Schubert used for drying and curing meat that he had butchered. | Water tank employed to add pressure to water used in the house, enhancing the charm of this intriguing heirloom country home. | Using the well-trodden path to access the cattle field | From the backyard looking across the drive to the rolling terrain
68: Looking from the barnyard, across a rolling pasture, to a golden wheat field beyond | The cattle were contently grazing until they heard and saw Erwin. Now they're moseying over for a possible dietary handout. | Across the rolling hills we see cows grazing, but when they see Erwin opening the gate and all of us coming down the hill they saunter across the pasture on up the hill towards their usual feeding trough. Erwin is retired and now cash rents the entire farm and buildings. He only has the house to keep for himself. | Inside this simple, but immaculate farmhouse we see evidence of a lifestyle from a generation ago, with some contemporary conveniences available. But somehow I feel the modern methods give way to the preferred, familiar customs and conventions. A wood burning and a gas cook stove share the everyday traditional home baking and cooking. The walls are adorned with family pictures and heirlooms. Fresh flowers, from Helen's gardens no doubt, brighten the high ceilinged rooms with their scents. The authentic wood floors are meticulously sanded and polished with throw rugs scattered about. | "To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life-this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do." (Charles Dudley Warner)
69: Oncé consists of several styles and flavors of kuchen, with coffee, tea, or juices. After the meal Erwin presents a DVD of the Skorpios Cruise he and Helen took 4 years ago. With their bellies full these two gentlemen sleeping beauties found time to snooze. | YES! They are really asleep. I heard the snoring duet myself! | As we are walking from the farm house and leaving, Juanita reminds Alfred not to fall asleep while driving. Since Dick, Sandi, Barney, and I are riding with Alfred we think it will be funny to take a picture of Alfred driving and sleeping. Alfred poses for the picture, turning his head toward the camera and smiling instead of looking ahead. That is funny in itself! We did take a picture but never show it to Juanita. We have already had our laugh! | Alfred posing for a picture we planned to show Juanita. She was concerned Alfred was too tired to drive back to Temuco. | Sandi, not posing, but actually dozing on the way back to Temuco. | Two friendly oxen we met along the road. | On the stone road leaving the farm we come up on two HUGE oxen just grazing along the edge of the road. Sandi tries to roll down the window so I can take a picture, but the window is broken and will not roll down. So she just opens the door about 2 – 3 feet from the oxen. That scares me, but Barney says the oxen are very docile. | “Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
70: Every time we travel along the world famous Pan American Highway we are amazed at the sights we see. Before we had seen tractors, combines, hitchhikers, bike riders, venders, bike riders with sale items in carts mounted on the front of their bikes, and even joggers. This time we see a guy dribbling a basketball on the Pan American Highway, and banties running loose close to the well-known busy highway. After we stop for some refreshments to bring up to the apartment with us to share with Alfred, we head to bed for a big day of travel on Sunday. | Sunday, January 8, 2012 Fernando loves to tell stories and jokes. He says he would tell the engineers he trained in SriLanka something one time and they would understand and carry out the task. But in Detroit that was not the case. He would have to retell them 3 – 4 times before they would understand. He means the US has a listening and following direction problem. Fernando also tells about how he had trouble understanding the language and using the proper phrases at the proper time. He told a lady “Excuse me.”, one time and the lady thought he had said “Squeeze me.” He also was put in an awkward position one time when he meant to say to a lady “You’re pulling my leg.” Instead he said “You’re pinching my leg.” Juanita tells of a time when she ordered sheets from Sears for her bed and ordered the wrong size. She took the sheets back to the store, put them on the counter and said, “This sh-t doesn't fit.” (She miss-pronounced the long "e" sound with the short "i" sound.) In Cita’s house there are many noticeable cracks in the walls and ceilings from past earthquakes. As with any older home, her house needs a lot of repairs. Fernando replaced a lock on the back door. He also is repairing a lot of other handy-man jobs for Cita. | Today we travel to Vivi’s house at the lake, Licanray. This area, a little south and mostly east of Temuco, about 1 1/2 hour drive is actually at the foothills of the Andes Mountains. It is also about a half hour drive from where Ani has her house at the lake near Pucon, and Villarica, a famous Chilean Volcano. (We had visited and sunbathed there when Mark and Amy were about 10 and 7 years of age in 1980.) On Monday, tomorrow, Pablo, Miriam's son is planning a cookout to celebrate his birthday. We decide to walk to a near-by grocery to purchase a couple fancy bottles of wine for birthday gifts for him. Pablo takes us in his taxi, while Juanita, Fernando, and Cita go with Eric and Hetty. Pablo, Hetty’s grandson knows some English, but talks so fast I can hardly understand a word. Juanita says he talks like a machine gun! Pablo is a very kind, good hearted gentleman! | "If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. " George Burns
71: Pablo is a taxi driver in Temuco and lives with Eric and Hetty, his grandparents. He says he starts his day at 6:30 in the morning to pick up people needing a taxi to get to work. He puts in about 10 to 12 hours a day, or when he thinks he has met his daily personal goal of 100 – 125 people a day, He’s working extra hard to pay his grandparents back. They lent him the money to buy the taxi. Eric and Hetty say he has never missed a payment and sometimes pays more than the $100,000 pesos a month. Pablo says that one day he’d like to own several taxis and have drivers that work for him. Temuco and most cities only allow so many taxi permits in the city. To get a permit to drive a taxi in the city someone has to quit or die. It’s hard to get a permit. Pablo said it all just worked out for him. A taxi driver in Temuco bought a new taxi and then decided to retire. So Pablo was able to buy the taxi and get his permit to drive. Since his parents, Miriam and Carlos live in Pucon he moved in with Hetty and Eric to be in Temuco where his job is. Pablo says the police do not check for speeding in town, but in the country if it says 100 Kmph, they mean 100 and not 101! There’s also a law that says passengers cannot get into a taxi while it’s stopped at a red light. We did see “cabaneros” or policemen stopped at an intersection outside of Temuco on the Pan Am standing outside of their vehicle aiming at cars with their radar guns. We also noticed you never see a policeman alone. There are always at least two together in any one place. Pablo also says Chile has stiffening fines for DUI, and he’s in favor of it. As we near Pucon we can see the Volcano Villarrica. This is the same volcano we saw while at Ani’s in 1980. The area is known for skiing on the snow on the volcano in the winter; swimming and camping in the summer. We see wind damage with broken down tree limbs on the road east to Pucon. Last year there was a rare tornado at Pucon. They had overturned vehicles and damaged buildings, but few injuries. The hail came before the tornado so many people had taken cover from the hail and were not out in the tornado. Pucan is so scenic and famous that people of notoriety such as Leonardo De Caprio and the group Guns and Roses have visited. While driving through Villarica we notice the gas prices are 823 pesos per liter. The exchange rate is about 500 pesos per American dollar. There seem to be a lot of people around which usually means there’s a sporting event going on in the area, Pablo says. We notice several places in this resort area have signs that said, “Canopy”. Barney asks Pablo what that means and he says it means “zip line”. We are only 50 miles at this point from the Argentina boarder. If we have our passports Pablo says he could take us there. Argentina and Chile have a friendly agreement that Pablo would not need his passport since he is from Chile. | Beautiful Scenery | Switzerland of The Americas
72: Informal Dining Room in Vivi and Juan's Cabin, Pictured: Vivi and Diego | We are in the Region of the Rivers where many streams or rivers are formed from the melting snow from the Andes Mountains. When a volcano erupts the first thing to flow down is a rush of water from the melting of snow from the rising heat of the volcano. Then the lava flows and makes a canal to the lake below. The water comes down fast, but the hot lava moves much slower. Conaripe, at the east end of Lake Calafquen, is another quaint, small, resort town we go through at the foothills of the Andes. Its black sand beaches makes it unique to us, who are used to white sand beaches. | "To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there." ~Barbara Bush | Living area with windows on three sides overlooking the lake. | Fernando, Hetty in background, and Andy's girlfriend, Marcella visiting in the front living area. | Left: Front living area with another fireplace, Barney, Juan, Cita, standing in forefront. | Vivi comes to the lake cabin to stay during the months of January and February. Juan will go back to Temuco to help the boys manage the Spanish Club where Hetty and Eric had their Anniversary Celebration, (the Spanish Club has members who have heritage from Spain), and the gas station he owns. Andy runs the Don Camerone Restaurant. (Don Camerone means Mr. Shrimp.) Calafquen is the name of the lake where Vivi and Juan have their cottage. Lican Ray is the name of the resort town nearby. Their cottage was designed by Juan. He then took the plans to an architect who drew up the plans so it could be built. The house is unique with two huge fireplaces, entire wall length windows with breathtaking views to the lake from all rooms. The view from Vivi and Juan’s bedroom shows a newly constructed deck of multiple levels that extends to the lake. The deck has rails and benches to make it functional.
73: One of most impressive additions to Vivi and Juan’s lake home is an outside building shaped in angles much like a large gazebo. This enclosed structure (see below) has glass windows all around, with brick walls about 3 feet off the ground, ceiling angled up much like a circus tent, and a huge functional fireplace emerging on one side of this picturesque out-building. This just has to be the most stunning, exquisite, impressive places at any lake I’ve ever seen! Vivi's maids serve our dinner in the outbuilding dining room. A thick solid wood table with seating for possibly 14 – 16 people is positioned in the room. Serving carts are located on each side of the table. Two maids rush in and out bringing the appetizers and main course to Juanita, Fernando, Hetty, Eric, Cita, Pablo, Andy, Marcella, Diego, Vivi, Juan, Dick, Sandi, Barney, and I. The main course was a vegetarian corn recipe that is wrapped in corn husk. It is very good, but not with the expected spices since we were in Chile. Vivi fixed a delicious vegetarian dish for "someone" who truly appreciates her sweet thoughtfulness. | Diego serves his dad, Juan, a glass of wine. | Andy tells of the fun the family has had at the cabin enjoying all its amenities. | Our gracious hosts: Vivi and Juan | L to R: Marcella, Barney, Janet, Sandi, Dick, Vivi, Juan, Fernando, Juanita, Cita, Hetty, and Eric | Juanita, Cita, the maid, Hetty
74: Vivi is an English teacher in the Baptist School. Juan owns several gas stations. Juan and Andy, his son own and operate the “Don Cameron” restaurant, an upscale seafood eatery. Juan also owns “The Spanish Club”, a banquet hall that people rent for weddings etc. That is where we celebrated Hetty and Eric’s wedding anniversary on the second night we were in Temuco. After the meal and all its courses, Vivi's husband, Juan takes us for a sightseeing ride in his son’s 4-door, 4-wheel drive pickup. The animals that live in the patchy wooded areas are puma, Pudum (little deer), wild boar, fox, red deer, and wild cats. Fishing in the streams and lakes can reap salmon and rainbow trout. Some of the birds include condors, owls, eaglet, and Banduras. These unusual looking, but plentiful Banduras are about the size of a chicken with a long skinny beak. This 4 – 5 inch long beak comes in handy for the bird to prod down in the ground to find insects. | Andy and Marcella | L. to R.: Vivi's maid, (a Mapuchi Indian) Diego, Pablo, Andy | Family References: Hetty is Barney's sister, Her daughter is Vivi, Vivi's sons are Andy, and Diego. Miriam is Hetty's daughter also. Her son is Pablo. | Black ashes and lava along the roads near Volcano Villarrica.
75: Juan takes us up and around the mountains on the ever winding roads. The terrain changes from rolling and somewhat rocky pasture lands to chunks of black rocks of all sizes. The road changes from stone that is similar to those seen along the roads in Ohio to a mixture of black and red cinders. Some of the dark rocks along the road have moss or white colored mold growing on them. These particular boulders and crushed stones are remnants of the eruption of Volcano Villarrica in 1978. When Villarrica first erupted a rushing, gushing water came first. This was the melted snow from around the top of the volcano which had started to heat quickly. Many of the roads were washed out and formed small rivers. The next phenomenon during the eruption was the flow of very hot lava which was much slower, but it followed the path of the gushing water leaving even wider and more prominent gullies. The entire area that Juan shows us is a mass of lumpy black terrain where nothing can grow except some mold and white mossy-like mildew. | The Mapuchi Indians have rights to areas of the land to live according to their culture and beliefs. One of Vivi’s maids, which she uses only while at the lake cottage, lives in the Mapuchi settlement we travel through. Even though they now live in “houses”, the dilapidated dwellings are similar to rundown shacks. The corrugated tin is used frequently throughout the buildings in their small communities. The Mapuchi have their own religion, but now missionaries are working with them to introduce Christianity. But they still have ceremonies for rain, a plentiful harvest, etc. We can see young cows, pigs, and oxen standing loose along the stone/cinder roads. The Mapuchi have long lived off the land, but now that is harder for them to do. They have adapted their means of living to crafts, fresh fruits, and vegetables which are sold in the tourist venues. | Loose grazing cow belonging to the Mapuchi Indians | Loose Ohioans touring The Volcano Villarrica Region | Notice the gullies formed by the volcano.
76: Villarrica is one of Chile's most active volcanoes, rising above the lake and town of the same name. The volcano is also known as Rucapillán, a Mapuche word meaning "House of the Pillán". | Juan wants to take us to one of the hot springs which are prevalent in this area. Barney and Dick brought their swimming suits, but Sandi and I thought it was too cool and rainy to even think of putting on bathing suits, even if we were getting into the warm water from the hot springs. We arrive at the Termas Geometicas, which appears to be busy regardless of the cloudy, chilly, misty weather. This hot springs is like no other I’ve ever seen in Chile or even in pictures! It is nicely developed with a ski lodge type building and structures, with uncountable outside tubs established into the rain forest atmosphere. | Termas Geometicas | The Lodge | The seemingly never ending wooden walkway (120 m.) through the steamy area of hot springs
77: Upon initially entering Termas Geomaticas Dick and Barney have to pay 32,000 pesos was equivalent to $64.00 a piece to enter. The guys are given a key to a small locker in the changing rooms. Sandi and I are feeling cold in the approximately 60 F. misty weather, but we walk the boarded walkway around many turns and curves. Along the way there are openings in the railed boardwalk to enter a certain termas (hot spring fed tub made from tile), which varies in temperatures. Some of the hot spring tubs are as big as a home swimming pool and others were maybe a fraction of that size. The depth of the tiled tubs varies also, but seem never deeper than 3 feet. As we approach each turn we expect to see the walkway end. And it finally does after at least 120 meters! Of course Barney and Dick try out several of the tubs. At one point Dick is braver (or maybe more senseless) than Barney. He opts to get in the 120 F. tiled natural hot tub and then immediately into the 35 F. “hot” springs tub. Dick also proves his ability to crawl in and out of a tub in record time! | Splish-Splash! | "But it is MY rubber ducky!" | “Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs.”
78: After walking the boardwalk to the end of the termas and viewing the picturesque falls at the end, Sandi and I retreat back to the “lodge” and sat around a large open fire pit. What actually steals our attention once inside around the warmth is a couple and their children speaking ENGLISH! Blessings, no matter how insignificant, can be, on occasion, all one needs! We feel bonded to these strangers! | The vegetation is well maintained looming up along the wooden structured walkway. One particular plant, called “Nalca” was termed by me earlier on our trip: “rhubarb on steroids”! This commonly seen plant has been along the roadside, in ditches and in flower gardens and sceneries at various locations. It grows in dense rain forest areas and looks right at home in the hot springs landscaping. As with our rhubarb, the stems are edible but not as tart. The stalks are used to make jams and jelly and are sold in groceries for about one dollar a stalk. Since it is misting and even raining at times, I am tempted to pull one of these enormous stalks with the umbrella sized leaves to keep us dry, but again think the Chilean Government’s Department of Parks and Natural Resources may not take too kindly to that idea. | Below: Enormous Fire pit inside the lodge | Janet beside the Nalca or "rhubarb on steroids" | Juan and Janet | “Nature is God’s first missionary. Where there is no Bible there are sparkling stars. Where there are not preachers there are spring times. If a person has nothing but nature, then nature is enough to reveal something about God.” Max Lucado
79: Heading back to Vivi and Juan’s house, Juan decides we needed some “refreshments”. He takes us to an open-aired restaurant that he and Vivi like to patronize. It definitely is unique! The unique building is angled in shape, possibly an octagon, with a tent-type ceiling made of native bamboo like wood. The roof bearing posts are of native wood also. The family that owns and runs this country road-side stop had started out with an old shack of a building (possibly undaunted by the US Health Department) where they baked breads and empanadas, their specialty, in a wood burning oven. They were so successful that they personally raised this building using native materials and other cost cutting measures. There is no need for heat, because it was all open and they still use their proven method of baking – a wood burning oven which resembled a kiln, more than an oven. We watched the family baker feed wood to the fire from a side “door” and open a front “door” to check on the empanadas. Somehow, I think my oven thermostat would be safer for ME to use. To each, their own! They did employ electricity however. The tables and benches were native tree trunks cut in half for the flat surface of the tables and benches. | “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” Doug Larson | Family roadside restaurant | Angled Ceiling | Chickens running loose in the restaurant | Above: Baking Bread in an open fire oven Right: Open rotisserie oven
80: We leave the restaurant with Juan’s sudden concern that Vivi may be waiting on us to have oncé. On the way back Juan tells us of his background. He does have dark hair and eyes, so Barney thought he was of Spanish (from Spain) descent. Juan’s grandfather came to South America from Spain in the early 1900’s. He does have several cousins that returned to Spain and now live in the Andalucia region of that country. As we travel along the roads back to their house a few of the cinder roads are flooded out, but we are lucky to be in a four-wheel drive pickup. Juan says when it rains the water does not soak into the ground because it is so hard. The water just runs to low places on the surface. We notice the telephone and electric poles are concrete looking on the outside. With all the wood in the country one would think the poles would be of wood. But because of the frequent earthquakes the poles have a steel, I-beam shaped on the inside, acting like re-bar. Then the outside is covered in cement to keep the steel from rusting. Barney asks Juan about the National Highway, or the Pan American Highway that runs through Chile north to south. Spain’s government does not own it, but a private corporation from Spain invested in the highway. Spain owns the rights to the banks, highways and water by financially investing in Chile. Chile was almost colonized by Spain. For 20 years all the money collected by tolls on the Pan American Highway will go to Spain to pay off the debt owed to Spain for building and maintaining the highway. Ten years of the debt has been paid, so Chile only has to pay 10 more years to pay off the debt. Spain actually built the new airport in Temuco. Since the last major earthquake in 2010, many of the homes of poorer people are in disrepair. People are unhappy with the current president of the country because he is conservative and leans to the right as far as politics go. Because of his views on spending, he is unpopular with some of the people. He has one year left on his 4 year term. The current Minister of Mining, Lawrence Golborn, a conservative with more charisma may run for president. The people of Chile like him now. When we arrive back at the house it WAS time for oncé. We had just eaten before we left with Juan. As I am talking to Marcella, Andy’s girlfriend, I find out she is studying fashion, wanting to become a dress designer. Marcella’s aunt, Gloria Valdez is a famous clothing designer and has designed dresses for some famous people. At one point in our oncé conversation Vivi tells the story of how Barney used to take her “Ba-Ba” and throw it away. This happened many times according to Vivi. | “God wants us to know we are saved, for saved people are dangerous people, willing to face off with the world, unafraid of the consequences since they know that, whatever happens, they will have eternal life.”
81: We all say our “Good-byes” and Pablo drives us to Pucon, which is farther north and on Lake Villarrica. Even though Lican Ray is farther south than Pucon, it is usually warmer than Pucon. We will stay at Ani’s cabin tonight and go to Miriam and Carlos’ place tomorrow. When we arrive, about 40 minutes later, we notice lights on at Ani’s cabin with two vehicles in the drive. We immediately think we have the wrong dates or someone came on down to Ani’s place not knowing we are to stay there. Across the deck came a tan complexioned, dark curly haired young man. I immediately attach the name “David” to him. David is Ani’s grandson, Fernando’s son. His wife, Maureen and two little boys, Sebastian and Agustin are staying at the cabin for most of the summer. Maureen’s daughter from a previous marriage is there the first night, but will go to a friend’s house to stay for the second night we are there. David is driving to Temuco to work in his dad’s factory every day. In fact, David had just received a phone call from his dad, Fernando that their factory is currently having a fire. Later we found out that the fire was confined to one area and nothing was ruined. | I took a picture (above) of a bird on top of Ani’s cabin. Maureen told us that they have to be careful because these devious birds will snatch meat from the grill. We saw similar birds in Vina Del Mar, but Maureen said they were different. The ones in Vina are called “Gaviotas” and the ones here in Pucon are called “Bandurrias”. | Left: David and his son Sebastian. Right: Maureen, David's wife, and their two boys, Sebastian and Augustin. | Left: Sebastian, Augustin,and David Below: Maureen and Sebastian, Maid in background in dining room
82: Ani’s cabin had been remodeled since we were there before, once in 1980 and then in 1997. The cabin now has a huge deck that is much longer and wider than before. The view is still breathtaking but the area is also built up by people realizing the spectacular scenery. Such views are impossible in Putnam County! Ani’s cabin now has 6 bedrooms and 3 complete bathrooms. The view down to the black sand beach is not appreciated as before, because of the trees and many other cabins. In fact, Miriam and Carlos’s cabin’s roof isvisible from Ani’s deck. The walkway to the beach now goes under a busy road. After having a nice talk with David, who speaks English very well, we retire for the night. David says he will be leaving the cabin at about 6AM to get to the factory to help assess any damage from the fire. The factory makes insulation for homes and businesses. | Ani's kitchen at her cabin | Dining area | Hallway to Guest bedrooms | Ani's deck overlooking the volcano and lake | Living room at Ani's cabin in Pucan | Monday, 1 – 9 – 12 After showers etc. we gather in the dining room in the cabin for breakfast. Maureen and David have two maids. One is more like a nanny to help with the children and the other does cooking, housework, laundry etc. We are served breakfast and head out for our walk to Miriam’s, no more than 5 minutes away.
83: Miriam’s quaint, picturesque house is an icon for Better Homes and Gardens. Flowers are everywhere! The blue, fuchsia, lavender, and pink hydrangeas tracing the circumference of the house are the envy of my gardening shortcomings. The soil must be perfect to nurture these floras. They are abundant everywhere, but none as charming as Miriam’s. Some of her flowers flourish from pots of every size. Others are diligently spaced throughout and around the perimeter the picturesque lawn. Every smidgen about Miriam’s home says perfection. From the meticulously painted steps, to the precisely erected bird houses welcoming God’s creatures! We felt we knew Miriam: gracious and loving person. With the genially and warmly hospitable family, we fell our presence greatly desired and longed for. I just know Miriam is distantly related to my Grandma Bowers! | View from Ani's deck to Miriam and Carlos' house. | Miriam and Carlos’ home is unique! Miriam used to rent out the front part similar to a bed and breakfast. Their family stayed in the back section at the time. It was easily rented because of the beautiful spot on the lake with the Andes Mountains and volcanoes pictured in the background. It became a lot of extra work for Miriam and she abandoned the project. | Miriam's gardens | “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” May Sarton | Right: Miriam and Carlos' Home Far Right: Pablo pulling on his boots to go out in the rain to grill. Carlos in doorway. | Home is Where the Heart Is
84: We are given a tour of Miriam's impeccable house. Overall there are 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. What we find as incredible and surprising is a clothes closet in a bedroom with a door hidden behind some clothes, that when opened, entered into another large room which had an outside door. I’ve only seen something of this enigmatic insinuation in mystery shows. | In back of the bedroom closet, behind some hanging clothes is a secret door that is an entryway to another mystical room. This intriguing room has an outside door. | Miriam and Carlos in their cozy living room. | The vacation house had originally belonged to Carlos’ family which they purchased from them and remodeled it to live there all the time. The house uses a wood burner for heat with another wood burner for a stove in the kitchen. Miriam has a gas stove but prefers the wood burners. The interior is decorated rustically, but with taste. Carlos was a pastor, but now works at Puyehue, a famous hot springs where Ani took us in 1997. Christian pictures and books are evident in the home as are some antique collections such as an old flashlight assortment. | Pablo, who is Miriam and Carlos' only biological son, studied cooking in New Zealand, so he did know some English, but talks so fast I could barely understand his English! Pablo turns 32 today, January 9, and wants to have a cookout for us. We venture with him to the grocery in Villarrica and purchase the meat for him. When we are at the grocery Pablo carefully inspects the meat in the cases and finally chooses about 12 pounds of what seems to be the perfect cuts. The butcher behind the meat counter has a wide bladed razor-sharp “sword” which he uses to slither through the chunk of beef lengthwise to remove a tendon. Now Pablo thinks he has chosen the finest portion of beef to carve up for his birthday commemoration. It is such a pouring, rainy day that Carlos, his dad, unrelentingly stands nearby holding the open umbrella over the meticulous chef and his delectable feast to be. Of course Miriam prepares several vegetable and fresh fruit dishes along with her mom’s two choices of kuchen.
85: On this rainy afternoon family stories seem to overflow to late 1800’s to settle in America. Franz Schubert, Sr. Barney's paternal grandfather, came to rest where many Europeans inhabited, in Lancaster County, Ohio. My Grandpa Bowers’ family, in fact, put down roots in the same area. Franz’s oldest son, another Franz was actually born in Ohio. But the elder Franz did not like Ohio for some reason and returned to Austria where his second son, Adelbert, Barney’s dad, and his youngest son Ernst were born. | Feliz Cumpleaños! | Carlos and Pablo grilling in the rain. | The younger son, Ernst fell from his crib while in Austria and sustained life-long injuries from this unfortunate incident. After a few years back in Austria Grandpa Franz Schubert became restless again. At this time many Germans/Austrians were leaving their homelands for Homesteading in South America. So once again Grandpa Franz Schubert packed up his wife, Franz, Adelbert (Barney’s dad), and Ernst and headed first to Brazil and then to Chile. Barney says he does remember Grandpa Franz living in his house and visually recalls a tall very thin man. Juanita reminisces back to when Ernst was living with them. Ernst never married mostly because of his handicap or mental inequities from the crib accident. But he fell in deeply love with a neighbor girl and she would have nothing to do with him. Juanita recollects this one sided love affair as dejection for Ernst. Since Ernst was living with the family, Barney’s dad, Adelbert thought his brother was noticeably not acting like himself. When Adelbert confronted his father Franz about a possible illness with Ernst, his father said that nothing was wrong. Against his father’s wishes, Adelbert loaded his beloved brother on to an ox cart and took him into Temuco to be checked out by a medical doctor. | “Do not complain about growing older—many are denied the privilege.” Robert Russell
86: Juanita also shared the birth of her only child, Sylvia. When Sylvia was born Juanita and Fernando together had picked out a name for their brand new to the world, cherished child. But Juanita had a difficult delivery and consequently surgery afterwards so she was basically “out of it” for a couple of days. Since the first and middle names for their girl was as she thought “set in stone” she was not concerned that Fernando may change them on her at the last minute. When Fernando went to register his and Juanita’s newly born little girl in the city, he alone decided she should be named “Sylvia Maria” after two of his ex-girlfriends from their church! Not only were these two ex-girlfriends, but also people who would be aware their ex-boyfriend named his first daughter after them! Oh Fernando, no wonder you make-up jokes! Pablo was eager to share with us a video of his favorite Heavy Metal Christian Group, called “Stryper”. That was very interesting to me, because I was always under the impression that “Heavy Metal” and “Christian” didn’t even belong in the same time zone together, let alone on the same album cover! In fact, they were actually tolerable to my easy listening ears. Pablo even pointed out one singer was a pastor and had his own church! That lead singer/pastor’s name was Michael Sweet. That possibly worked for this colorful young man, because I’m sure none of his sweet little old lady parishioners recognized him on Sunday morning without his make-up. Pablo had a photo of himself and Steve Moore from the group “Deep Purple” that he was quite proud of. He has even been in guitar clinics with Mr. Moore. Pablo also tells us about his own hard rock, almost heavy metal, band that sings Christian songs. He says he had some recordings for us to listen to, but must have them at his Grandma Hetty’s house in Temuco. He’s such a sweet kid (even though he’s 32). Since Pablo has Tuesday off, he is not planning to return to Temuco until Tuesday evening. Eric, Hetty, Cita, Juanita, and Fernando need to return before Tuesday morning, so they are leaving for Temuco Monday evening. We enjoy a longer visit with Miriam, Carlos, Pablo, and Claudio, their adopted special needs son. Claudio is 29 years old, 3 years younger than his adoptive brother Pablo, and speaks very seldom. He is uncomfortable around other people besides his immediate family and retreats to his room. Claudio did come out of his room to eat but preferred to sit at a smaller table away from the guests. How they came to adopt Claudio is very interesting: Miriam was friends with a lady who came from Germany to visit the German School in Temuco, Dueche Schüle. | The physician said Ernst was in heart failure and could not be helped. This is in the early 1940’s! So Dad Adelbert took Ernst home to die. Juanita testifies that this was the first dead man she had ever witnessed, and it was forever a mental picture for her to contend with. During those times the body was kept in the home for viewings and visitations expressing sympathy until the burial.
87: Since Pablo has Tuesday off, he was not planning to return to Temuco until Tuesday evening. Eric, Hetty, Cita, Juanita, and Fernando needed to return before Tuesday morning, so they went ahead and left for Temuco Monday evening. We enjoyed a longer visit with Miriam, Carlos, Pablo, and Claudio, their adopted special needs son. Claudio is 29 years old, 3 years younger than his adoptive brother Pablo, and speaks very seldom. He is uncomfortable around other people besides his immediate family and retreats to his room. Claudio did come out of his room to eat but preferred to sit at a smaller table away from the guests. How they came to adopt Claudio is very interesting: Miriam was friends with a lady who came from Germany to visit the German School in Temuco, Dueche Schüle. While the lady was in Chile, she was climbing in an area where a volcano had recently erupted. She fell into one of the wide crevices and could not be found for 14 days. When they did finally find her she was in serious condition with several broken bones and, of course, malnourished. She was in the hospital for many days. Claudio, who was 5 years old at the time, was also in the same section of the hospital as the injured German lady. At this time Claudio was tested to have actions like a 2 or 3 year old. Claudio unfortunately had been beaten and burned with cigarettes by his mother. His mother had used his abdominal and back area to smash out her cigarettes. She, along with her companions, tied him to a tree limb and swung him out above open flames, as if to roast him above the flames. Claudio was also tied outside to a tree during inclement weather. To this day, when the weather gets bad he has concerns. He also has turned those apprehensions to a positive interest in the weather events and phenomenon. I am sure that has a lot to do with the love, assurance, self-assurance, and reassurance Miriam, Carlos, and Pablo have given him. He is one lucky boy!h Miriam, Carlos, Pablo, and Claudio, their adopted special needs son. Miriam was friends with a lady who came from Germany to visit the German School in Temuco, Dueche Schüle. While the lady was in Chile, she was climbing in an area where a volcano had recently erupted. She fell into one of the wide crevices and could not be found for 14 days. When they did finally find her she was in serious condition with several broken bones and, of course, malnourished. She was in the hospital for many days. Claudio, who was 5 years old at the time, was also in the same section of the hospital as the injured German lady. At this time Claudio was tested to have actions like a 2 or 3 year old. Claudio unfortunately had been beaten and burned with cigarettes by his mother. His mother had used his abdominal and back area to smash out her cigarettes. She, along with her companions, tied him to a tree limb and swung him out above open flames, as if to roast him above the flames. Claudio was also tied outside to a tree during inclement weather. To this day, when the weather gets bad he has concerns. He also has turned those apprehensions to a positive interest in the weather events and phenomenon. I am sure that has a lot to do with the love, assurance, self-assurance, and reassurance Miriam, Carlos, and Pablo have given him. He is one lucky boy! | "If you want to feel rich, count all your gifts money can't buy." | While the lady was in Chile, she was climbing in an area where a volcano had recently erupted. She fell into one of the wide crevices and could not be found for 14 days. When they did finally find her she was in serious condition with several broken bones and, of course, malnourished. She was in the hospital for many days. Claudio, who was 5 years old at the time, was also in the same section of the hospital as the injured German lady. At this time Claudio was tested to have actions like a 2 or 3 year old. Claudio unfortunately had been beaten and burned with cigarettes by his mother. His mother had used his abdominal and back area to smash out her cigarettes. She, along with her companions, tied him to a tree limb and swung him out above open flames, as if to roast him above the flames. Claudio was also tied outside to a tree during inclement weather. To this day, when the weather gets bad he has concerns. He also has turned those apprehensions to a positive interest in the weather events and phenomenon. I am sure that has a lot to do with the love, assurance, self-assurance, and reassurance Miriam, Carlos, and Pablo have given him. He is one lucky boy! Claudio’s mother was convicted and he was put up for adoption, but of course had to spend time in the hospital to heal. Since Miriam was coming to the hospital to visit her German friend she became acquainted with Claudio and felt the need to help him even more. Carlos and Miriam decided to adopt Claudio, knowing it was going to be a challenge because of Claudio’s now special needs due to brain injuries also. But they first wanted the approval of Pablo, their 8 year old son. When they discussed the idea of taking Claudio in their home, and the challenges his mental disabilities would bring, Pablo responded with understanding and compassion beyond his 8 years with, “Only if you love him more than me.” Claudio now works for “Super Mercado” a large grocery chain. He stacks shelves. In fact, on Tuesday, January 10, I was standing at the front of the “Super Mercado” store, waiting for the guys to purchase some beverages while Sandi went to find a restroom, when Claudio walked by me and stopped to say, “Ola”. (Hello) I was so pleased that he felt comfortable enough with me to speak. Carlos Bodevin, Miriam’s husband, Pablo’s dad, told about his family and the fact that he has 2 brothers living in the USA, Leon and Fernando. One brother, Leon lives in Kentucky and teaches Spanish Literature at Murray College. Leon has been married two times and is now divorced. He has his doctorate in Spanish Literature. He decided to come back to Chile to visit after 37 years. It was a surprise for their mother. At first she did not even know who he was! Then after the family told her who this stranger was she told him “Oh, you are so old!” Fernando lives in Arizona after marrying a missionary girl.
88: Barney was actually friends with Carlos’ brother, David. Carlos remembers when Barney was leaving for the states and came to David to say, “Goodbye”. Carlos said he was only about 4 years old at the time, but he can still recall the moment, even what Barney was wearing that day. Carlos said now David, Barney’s friend works for “Unifruti” a fruit exporting company. After spending a few hours talking with Miriam, Carlos, and Pablo we walked up the hill to Ani’s street. We spent our second night at her cabin, staying up late to talk to David. It came to be that the fire at his dad’s factory was confined to a large burner and the wood piled along aside of it. The production was not affected at all. Tuesday, 1 – 10 – 12 Boy, it seems every day is packed full of places to visit, new things to see and experience, and nice people to talk to! Today Pablo is picking us up after breakfast at Ani’s (fixed by the maids). He wants to take us to see more places around the resort towns of Villarrica, Lican Ray, and Pucon. Barney also wants to take Dick to the motel where his parents, Paul and Jane Gieringer, stayed when they were in Chile in around 1964. The motel is called The Grand Hotel Pucon. Paul and Jane had some items stolen while they stayed there. It is still an exquisite motel, being very upscale. The huge marble pillars and oversized solid wooden doors have with stood the time, not to mention many earthquakes. | Back patio of The Grand Hotel, Pucan | Below: Beach where Pablo survived the 2010 Chilean Earthquake. | “Faith simplifies things.”
89: Pablo tells of the night about 2 years ago in 2010 when he and some buddies were drinking beer on the beach belonging to the motel. In fact he showed us exactly where he was sitting. I under stood most of his Spanish, that is, up until after that. Then he started rolling off Spanish utterances, his arms were flying, almost uncontrollably, in all directions, his body was bending and flailing, possibly close to contortions, as he described his personal earthquake experience. I knew what he was talking about; his sign language was universal! He said people were screaming from the windows and running out of the building in pajamas. Some less intelligent, perhaps illiterate, were stuck in the elevators. (There’s a sign outside elevators that says, “In case of earthquake, use the stairs.”) In less than a minute the shaking and rolling of the beach was all over! | Pablo wanted to take us to the upper part of the Volcano Villirrica where one can see 4 lakes: Villarrica, Caburgo, Pirihueco, and Calafquen. He told us that at the bottom of Lake Caburgo there is a “leak” which is actually a falls at another place! When will Chile be discovered for all that it is?: AMAZING Grace! I feel that we have our own little vacation secret! All of this on one trip! Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone or the crowds will come! Snowcapped Villarrica looms majestically over Pucón at 2,840 meters (9318 feet) above sea level. Climbing to the top is non-technical and, on clear days, easy. Thousands of people make the climb each year, most of them in January and February, taking in the spectacular views of Volcans Llaima, Choshuenco, Quetrupillán, Lanin, and Lonquimay in the horizon. As we entered the park to drive up the volcano, we did not have to pay because the fog and clouds were so bad, one cannot see much of a view anyway. Pablo’s taxi could not make it up the cindered rounding road on the way to the ski lodge. Dick, Sandi, Barney, and I exited our weighty bodies from the car and Pablo was able to get moving again. After about three more rounds we arrived at the ski lodge. Of course, since it was summer in Chile, the lodge was not open. However there were port-a-potties that Dick and Barney used only to return and say it was snowing. Only in Chile: 70 F degrees down on the streets of Villarrica, and snowing way up the Volcano Villarrica! Ski Championships are held on this volcano because of its unique splendor. l | We're walking so Pablo's taxi can make it up the volcano. | Ski Lodge on Volcano Villarrica
90: On the way back to Temuco before we enter on the Pan American Highway, we are traveling on another main highway when suddenly we came upon a short line of stopped traffic. As we slowly approach the end car of the motionless line of cars, Pablo veers a little to the right so to see what is in the berm of the road on the right side. We can already see several flashing lights and at least one crane possibly in use to pull apart wrecked cars. We notice at least one vehicle (an SUV) on its side. Pablo instantly becomes excited with his voice rolling on like a machine gun. Then I see it too- A person, now covered with clear plastic, is under the van with only part of his head sticking out. The pale color of death radiates from this life-less face. Of course, we do not know the victim, (or maybe even victims) but I have his family on my mind the rest of the evening. When will they hear the tragic news? What will they say or do in reaction to the heartrending re-count of the accident? Who all will this affect? Parents? Children? Grandchildren? Spouse? Brothers or Sisters? All I know, someone is getting some sad news about now! I feel a need to gather my own “flock”, count heads and give big HUGS! | At 7:00 Max picks us up to take us to his house at the edge of town. In fact, Max and Marika live in a newer house, in a subdivision, about mile from Stephen and Mariana Schubert’s house of which we were guests about two weeks ago. This new housing development is west and a little south of Temuco. The lots are large and the houses are luxurious and classy, much like the upscale houses in the US! Max and Marika built this large house three years ago. At the time, they also bought sizeable lots for their son and daughter and their families to build close by. Now Max wonders what they were thinking when they built such a generously sized house. Max Poseck is Fernando’s (Juanita’s husband) nephew. Max’s dad and Fernando are brothers. The Poseck Brothers owned and ran the brush factory, but now Max is the sole owner/manager. Alfred works at this brush factory. | Alfred,Vanessa Poseck, Fernando, Juanita | Barney and Max
91: “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Corrie ten Boom | Max’s daughter, Vanessa excuses herself from her parents’ company of relatives and meet with her architect to finalize some plans for her husband’s and her future home on the lot next to Max and Marika’s. Max, Dick, Alfred, and Barney go outside while Max grills the steaks. The meal is awesome! It seems like everyone is aware of my vegetarian likings and utilize that option. During the meal Max talks about his Christianity and faith and their importance in his life. | Marika, Max, Cita | Max, Alfred, Barney | Janet, Max | Above: Alfred, Barney, and Dick supervise the preparations on the grill, while Max's dog eavesdrops on the cooking lesson. Right: Dick readies his taste buds for the delicious meal! | "I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. " Oliver Goldsmith
92: Wednesday, 1 – 11 – 12 This morning we had breakfast at Cita’s with Juanita as the “maid”. For some reason, this is beginning to feel like home. I have the feeling we are back to normal, with the routine we’ve become accustomed to as we’ve enjoyed this vacation of a life-time in Chile. Juanita became very emotional today as she told the story of how they left Chile to come to America: The country of Chile was being led by a liberal, who wanted bigger government, and ran as as a Communist. Unions were formed as the people were being told they should have some of the money they owners of the factories had. The owners of the job producing factories were depicted as money - hungry and not caring about the worker. The workers were indoctrinated with thoughts that they were being used by the rich factory owners to make money for him so he could live the high-life. Workers were encouraged to band together and make demands of the owners so they could get what he had. The unions were formed by the workers that would often destroy the very property that employed them. Workers became more and more unsettled, with increasing ultimatums spurred by the liberal government. Often Juanita said they harassed her and the family. Sylvia and Harold had married and were living in the country in one of his family’s homes. The Indian farm workers were also pressuring with stipulations. They were on strike and wanted to take the farms for themselves. A small boy, a son of one of the Indian farm workers, had been introduced to Christianity. He ran away from the farm to his pastor in the night and told his pastor that the men farm workers were planning to break into the farm houses around where Sylvia and Harold lived, ransack the houses, rape the women and have a good time. The pastor called the police and then Juanita and Fernando. When they heard this they were frantic and wondered what else could happen to them and the wonderful life they had worked so hard to attain. The horrible plan was impeded. Juanita was crying at this point in her story. Juanita and Fernando recognized the country was quickly becoming Communist. Unions were becoming so strong they were controlling the flow of the Chile’s manufacturing, transportation, shipping, economy, and general way of life. Their factory was being destroyed right before their eyes. Their lives were in danger daily. Secretly they came up with a plan. They would whisper to make their plans to leave the country in bed at night. They bought round-trip tickets and packed only enough to make it appear they were coming back in a month. As she said her “Good-byes” Juanita’s lips trembled knowing she could be gone forever, but only allowed to show she’d be back soon. The most sorrowful, difficult farewell was to her mother. Her mother did not have a clue of their intentions, no one did, only Harold and Sylvia. Their nephew, Robi, that they were raising, did not even know. | "Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it." ~Robert Brault,
93: Juanita and Fernando did not come back for a long time. After the liberals in Chile had elected the Communist leader, the country continued even faster in a downward spiral. Sylvia and Harold saw no future for their then young lives and managed to leave Chile also. When it was near bottom the Communist government was ousted and the mending began. Juanita’s incredibly emotional story does not seem so remote anymore. Does “Occupy Wallstreet” ring a bell now? | Today we unpack everything left in our suitcases, rearrange, refold, empty our closet in the apartment, and try to include new items such as about 12 T-shirts, oodles of jewelry, (stones unique to Chile), exclusive Mapuchi crafts, leather purses, 4 special wine tour glasses, 2 “12-year Scotch on 30,000 year old ice Skorpios glasses” from the Glacier cruise, 2 Panama hats in their hand-made wooden boxes, special wine bottle and holder from Franco, and various other souvenirs purchased from the many countries we visited. We walk to COPEC to check emails using WiFi, one final time before heading home. Barney goes to withdraw Chilean pesos from the ATM while I open emails. My heart flops over and over as I read the email from Mark stating that our basement had flooded on December 23, and they didn’t want to tell us until now. He had sent the email on Saturday, January 7, but since we were at the lake and Pucon for the weekend, plus Monday and Tuesday, today was the first day to walk to WiFi to check our emails. Mark, Jen, Amy, Donnie, Mark Garberson Sr. and Mark Garberson Jr. had worked and worked to clean up the mess. There had been 10 inches of water due to a failed sump-pump. My head was spinning with thoughts... What is ruined? Where did I leave this or that? At the same time feeling so thankful that no one must be hurt! The news is bad, but there are millions of other things that could have happened with someone hurt or injured. Mark S. called our insurance company and the ball started rolling to get the mess cleaned up. Safeco, our insurance company called in Swartz Cleaning and Construction to supply a dumpster for carpet, coffee table, end tables, and anything else that was obviously ruined. A listing of all the items thrown out was kept by both Amy and the man from Swartz. Fernando Poseck told us about the Military Plaza in Temuco that has a nice park. We decide to walk there and hash over the basement situation at home. Then we decide to walk to a place to have one last Temuco drink. We found a small, but busy café close to downtown. Alfred and his sons in Temuco want to take us out to eat this evening, so Alfred is going to pick us up at 8:10 and take us to a meal somewhere. The place we are to go is vague to Barney, Sandi, Dick, and I. We do not know whether we are going to a house or a restaurant or a bar. But like I learned early in the trip in Chile, just go with the flow. It’s kind of like “on the job training” where I learn what we’re going to do as it happens.
94: When we get in the car Alfred says he is taking us to Don Cameron restaurant. We had already found out that Christian, Alfred and Dalia’s oldest son would not be able to attend. We know Georgi will not be there because he lives in Santiago. As Alfred and Barney are talking during the drive, Alfred lets something slip that makes Barney thinks there may be one or two other people at the restaurant when we get there. When we pull in the parking lot, someone in the car says, “That looks like Eric’s van.” Sure enough, when we stroll hesitantly up to the Don Cameron, there's Andy waiting outside the door, with a big smirk, and waiting patiently, seated with their name tags, are 18 smiling faces looking on at us as we stroll through the door. Thirty-six eyes are grinning our way as if to say, “Gotcha!” The names of these awe-inspiring family and friends are: Alfred and Dalia Schubert; Cita and her grandson, Pablo and his wife Maria; Franz Schubert (Alfred’s son) his wife, Lily, daughter, Cynthia, and son Francisco; Hetty and Eric Grollmus; Edith and Kurt Schüerch; Erwin and Helen Rilling; Juanita and Fernando Poseck; and Fernando Ulrich Schubert, Ani’s son. Andy, Vivi and Juan’s son, who runs the restaurant is also here. There are so many well-wishers that they do not fit across Andy’s restaurant! Consequently the tables are set up in an “L” shape, which actually makes it easier to see everyone. The surprise brings tears to Barney’s eyes and my green peepers leak rampantly, and I don’t even know why. I actually am elated! What a wonderful thing for the family to plan for our last night in Chile! | Front left and around table: Maria, Cita, Eric (back of his head), Andy - standing. Other side: Erwin, Helen, Dalia, Alfred, Pablo | Kurt Schüerch, Fernando and Juanita Poseck, Dick and Sandi Gieringer | Surprise Going Away Party
95: Andy talking to Eric. | Barney and Fernando Ullrich Schubert Fernando is Barney's nephew, Ani's son | Barney, Erwin, and Edith | Maria, Cita, Eric (Maria is Cita's grandson's wife) | Picture Right: Front: Fernando Center: Francisco, Franz (Alfred's son) Lily, Franz's wife | Front Left: Fernando, Cynthia Schubert (Franz's daughter), Lily (Franz's wife), Francisco (Franz's son), Franz Schubert (Alfred's son) | Around Table from Front Left: Erwin and Helen Rilling, Dalia and Alfred (hidden) Schubert, Pablo (Cita's grandson) and his wife, Maria, across the table, Cita, Eric, Hetty, Edith Schüerch, | Saying "Goodbye" at the end of a trip of a Lifetime!
96: We make our rounds, thanking the friends and family for the surprise and all they have done for us while we are in Chile. Barney and I probably make promises we will not be able to keep regarding returning soon. But we also tell them it’s the same distance to Ohio! Most people I am able to communicate with either with my broken Spanish or their fragmented English. Some know English and are too shy to commit themselves. I understand that concept perfectly! It’s like Fernando Schubert Ullrich said when asked if he spoke English, “I speak Spanish very, very good.” That about says it all! Dalia, Alfred’s wife, speaks quite a bit of English. She has a magazine article about their son, Georgi Schubert, who is the top law official in the entire country of Chile! She promises she will send us a copy of the magazine article. We remember Georgi from when we were in Chile in 1980. Mark and Amy also remember the dance pictures he showed us and the professional looking poses he displayed for us. He seemed like a child who is determined to succeed at whatever his heart desires to attempt. | THANKS for the MEMORIES! | Left: Andy beside his restaurant logo Right: Thank you, Andy for all the special plans you made for us! | As the evening winds down, Fernando asks us to come up to his condo/apartment for a drink so we can talk and enjoy each other’s company. Of course he has to drive Dick, Sandi, Barney, and I there in his extended cab pick-up. Fernando lives in a gated condo on Hostettler Avenue (note the German) on the 9th floor. Another exquisitely decorated location, but he’s Ani’s son, so what else should we expect! It is interesting to see the latest in décor for a bachelor. After we are there for a few minutes, Fernando’s girlfriend, Carlita shows up. Fernando has three children: David, who he sees every work day because he is second under Fernando at the factory. One daughter is an MD in Santiago, and another daughter is a fashion clothes designer. | "Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eye can see."
97: Fernando has a couple of huge shoe boxes full of family pictures that Barney or I have never seen before. He ends up with them because they were with Grandma Martha Schubert while she was at Ani’s house until she died. Also in the shoe box are many pictures I had sent to Grandma Martha when Mark and Amy were little. Fernando has virtually inherited the pictures when Ani left and sold her house. We tell Fernando that we would like to have copies of some of them. He also says that Astrid, his sister is working on genealogy on the Schubert side. Fernando says Ani has put her house up for sale in Vina Del Mar and wants Fernando to start looking for nice places in Temuco. Ani had told us earlier that Fernando would be the one she thinks will look after her as she gets older. They do seem very close, even for a mother and a son! It is after 1:00 when Fernando delivers us safely back at Erwin and Helen’s apartment. At first it is hard to settle down and go to sleep. We have had a very memorable day! Thursday, 1 – 12 – 12 We walk to Cita’s house for breakfast for the last time! Cita is worried about her upcoming surgery. At one point during breakfast she just starts crying, after we tell her how much we appreciate her opening up her house to us for breakfast almost every day, lunches, and even oncé. After breakfast Cita and Barney have time to talk one to one while the rest of us busy ourselves in the kitchen. Dick, Sandi, and I are doing dishes while Juanita is putting items away. Barney tells us later that she cried again because she thinks she will not make it through the surgery and because she doesn’t want us to go. We walk back to Erwin’s apartment to pack up the final items. Erwin and Helen are there to take us to the airport. With our massive amounts of luggage, between Dick, Sandi, Barney and I, we need two vans to get us to the airport. Eric shows up at the apartment to take us. He is supposed to go to Cita’s to take Juanita, Fernando, and Cita, but he got mixed up. Alfred and Erwin are taking all of us and our luggage. | Erwin tells the story about when Barney was a baby, Erwin was going with his mom to see new Baby Reinhard, (Barney). He says he was so excited to see the new baby but the baby was so YELLOW! He remembers seeing that yellow baby to this day. (Side Note-Mark Schubert was yellow when he was born too. Even though he weighed 9 pound 8 ounces, he was still yellow.) | LEFT: The final of our typical morning breakfasts while in Chile: Cita's dining room. Many other meals and conversations were enjoyed in this unpretentious casa.
98: Helen tells about her dad, who was an alcoholic, and died young. She shows us a picture of her mom, dad, and 2 sisters. One of her sisters died of leukemia when she was young. Helen’s mom also died when she was young and Helen was raised by her mom’s sister. Helen worked in the Heim, the German school for 4 years before her and Erwin got married. As the family reminisces, the story of Udo, Ani’s husband, and how he was supposed to farm for Adelbert. But Udo did not manage the farm properly. He would enjoy a drink of hard cider with the Mapuchi’s, who were the farm hands. | Philip Rilling and his 3 boys tried to farm the land, but they only farmed and took from the land. They did not put anything back into the soil, fertilize or take care of it. Alfred came along and did somewhat better farming the land but he did not pay his dad any rent for the farm. Barney’s dad sold the farm to Erwin Rilling. Erwin wanted Alfred to farm for him because Alfred was the one farming before, but Alfred’s own dad, Adelbert said it would be better for someone else to farm because he had already farmed for him for 12 years and Alfred had a hard time paying his dad. Erwin painted, made improvements to the land by fertilizing. Eventually the land started producing better and in only 2 years Erwin was able to pay off the farm. | Claudia, Erwin and Helen’s daughter, has MS and easily gets tired and burned out from her job as a social worker and counselor for alcoholics. She called to wish us a safe trip home and tell us how much she enjoyed our company the day we visited Erwin and Helen’s farm (Barney’s home place). Claudia is leaving for a 5 day vacation to Argentina otherwise she’d be here in Temuco to send us off. We have our suitcases packed and at the apartment elevator door when Eric came in about hour too early. He says Hetty can not make it because today is the day she sells butter. She receives a shipment of butter from a nearby farm, portions it out, wraps it, and sells it to her regular customers who come to her house to purchase the butter on Thursdays. | Eric sits and reads a magazine until we think it's time to go down the elevator and pack our suitcases into the vehicles. After the luggage is packed in we wait and wait for Alfred to come by from Cita's. Barney and I walk up to the corner of the street and look down Bello Street towards Cita’s house for Alfred. His car is just coming by the apartment to pick up our luggage which we have already packed into Eric and Erwin’s vans. Alfred says Eric was supposed to go to Cita’s to pick up Juanita, Fernando, and Cita. Eric was very ill a couple years ago with a bad heart and almost died. He received a pace maker, but sometimes his memory is not the best, we hear. At the airport I sit with Cita, my arm around her shoulder and her hand holding my hand. She is very anxious about her upcoming surgery to remove her entire colon. She motions to me she is worried that her heart is not strong enough to withstand the upcoming serious surgery. It is very emotional to leave. | "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
99: A journey back home - a memorable, trip of a lifetime! LEFT: Boarding the small plane from Temuco to Santiago. RIGHT: "The Last Pisco Sour" in Santiago, Airport | The flight to Santiago is short and sweet. It seems the seatbelt light just goes off and it's back on again. We have a 6 hour lay-over in Santiago and cannot check in our luggage until 3 hours before flight. Dick, Sandi, Barney, and I find a WiFi hot spot and email back home, telling our families our time lines for Friday. Air Canada Boeing 777 leaves about 10 minutes late at 9:55 PM Santiago time which is 2 hours ahead of our time. The plane is due in Toronto at 6:10 AM Toronto time. That will make the flight about 10 hours long. It is so nice to hear English spoken commonly around. | During the flight I am intrigued by the small computer sized screen on the back of the seat in front of me. There are headphones with a choice of videos to watch, but I am totally intrigued with the flight information screen. Different information scrolls on the screen giving such data as altitude, (usually around 38,000 feet) speed of the aircraft, (usually around 600 – 650 mph), the number of miles to nearby cities, the current time in Toronto, and current time in Santiago, Chile, miles traveled from Santiago, and miles left to travel to Toronto. Other interesting visuals are shown such as the flight path showing detailed maps of cities and how far each one was fr om the ground level flight path. A compass is also displayed allowing one to see the direction traveling. One can see the flight path and where the plane may have veered right or left. I did notice the flight path turning more to the east as we flew over Dominican Republic. Also the plane turns to the right just south of Florida around Nassau. The Boeing 777 is flying over the Atlantic most of the time until over Myrtle Beach or a little further north, and then it heads more west/north west angling up to Toronto. | Total Miles Traveled: More than 15,361 miles (including cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Valparaiso, Chile) | Broken down into various modes of Travel: Car: 1141 miles Taxi: 71 miles Air: 7059 miles Bus: 961 miles Tour with Guide: 74 miles Ship: 5235 miles Boat: 814 miles Horse & Carriage 6 miles