Sobremesa

They heap the glittering canisters with bread:
Viands of various kinds allure the taste,
Of choicest sort and savour, rich repast!
-The Odyssey

Written by Fidgit

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Table set in Antuco for New Years dinner.

Sobremesa translates as “over the table”, refering to one of those traditions which kind of sneaks up on you. It is the practice of spending time after meals, talking life. Dishes, tidying, sleepy children, will all still be there later. Continue reading

Ruta 115 through to Quenes

Written by Neon

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Life perseveres

We had already gotten permission (via Fidgit emailing them during work hours) from Hydro Station Cipreses to go through their property on the northern side of Ruta 115, so we were able to get past the guard station at the gate without much issue. We filled out their required form saying if we die it’s not their fault and that we won’t hurt their flora and fauna, and we were on our way! Continue reading

Herstory: She is Unbreakable

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Written by Fidgit

The Herstory series profiles women who pursue their passions. Each have stepped up with courage, a message, and a willingness to share her own odyssey.


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Angelica with the awesome breakfast spread at El Molino hostel

Angelica is a tenacious 46 years old who loves her independence, her children, travel, and AC/DC and Metallica. As she explains it, in keeping with a traditional Chilean comprehension, there are three stages of life. “The first stage is childhood, the second is when she raises her family, the third is once her children are grown.” Continue reading

Puente Ingles to Ruta 115 and Talca

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Written by Neon

We were able to catch a bus back out to Puente Ingles to continue north along the Greater Patagonia Trail route. It is helpful that many people in the campos don’t have roads to their houses, much less cars, so the buses go deep into the backcountry towns/communities of Chile. As we walked along debating which route to take out of Puente Ingles- horse path or road- we came upon some locals and they (as forcefully as a Chilean can) urged us to take the road, because the horse path was more dangerous.

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Leaving Antuco, celebrating my birthday, and walking to Community Puente Ingles and San Fabian

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Written by Neon

The (late) morning of January 1st, 2017 (how did that happen?!) Fidgit and I packed up and hitch-hiked back to the trail. We got a ride with a kind couple who were only going a short distance and dropped us at a bus stop a few kilometers past their turn off. We then were picked up by a guide/engineer, Louise, who was heading to the same place we were for a day-hike. Louise ended up walking with us most of the day, excited to have company as well as share his knowledge of the area with us. Continue reading