Quilpue Zoo and Chorillanas from J Cruz in Valparaiso

I know it has been a while since I have written but I have a good excuse. After 3 weeks of being sick, I went to the doctor and found out that I had strep throat! I’m not sure what hurt worse being sick or getting the penicillin vaccine in my butt. I’ve never had a penicillin shot before and everyone that I talked said it hurt really bad, I now know that they were not kidding. It was hard feeling horrible and not being able to go out and do things, but my sickness was more grave than what I had anticipated and I was hesitant to go to the doctors.

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Now I’m feeling good and ready to explore, yesterday we went to the Quilpue Zoo. It was nice and refreshing to finally get out of the house and do something different.

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Most of the zoos that I have been to are concrete jungles and flat but the Quilpue Zoo is on the side of a hill. It has a more rustic or park feel with dirt paths going to different animal cages.

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We saw many different types of animals but my wife and I enjoyed watching the monkeys play around. All of the monkeys were accustomed to ask for food and it was funny when they would stick their arms out through the fence holes.

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We spent a good time at the zoo and then went and got lunch at a quaint restaurant in Quilpue Centro to end our day date.

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Totally unrelated to the zoo we went to a place called J Cruz in Valparaiso and ate a traditional Chilean fast food called Chorillana. It is a very famous touristy place in Valparaiso city center and is in a place you wouldn’t expect it to be. When we got inside it is decorated with all kinds of random things and people have posted pictures/written things on the wall. There was also a guy playing an acoustic guitar when we first got there.

The food was really yummy! They serve in 2 sizes, massive and even bigger for 2 or 3 people. We ate like pigs and enjoyed every moment of it. Their natural juice was also really good, I would definitely recommend going there if you ever visit Valparaiso.

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Peru! Lima, Not A Place For the Faint of Heart

 

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El Gringo In Machupicchu November 2015

 

Where do I start? Peru has it’s pretty parts as well as it’s not so pretty parts. Most people are familiar with Machupicchu and recognize it as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. 2 Novembers ago I went to Uruguay, Peru and Chile and was able to go to Machupicchu and see other pretty things in South America but recently my wife and I spent 3 nights in Lima and it was completely different.

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Torres Family, who let us stay with them at their house

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the interior (not city part of Peru) but Lima was mind blowing for me! I lived in Montevideo Uruguay and Vancouver Canada for almost a year and neither are similar to how crazy Lima is.

 

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Mika with our tiny Kia Picanto

 

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First of all NEVER I MEAN NEVER rent a car in Lima! It was insane driving there in Lima. We almost were ran into more than 50 times in less than 2 days. Everyone there is extremely aggressive when driving and never follow any of the so called “rules”. The police hardly do anything to help. Public transit drivers are the craziest, bus and taxi drivers will do anything to steal your lane. My wife was freaking out most of the time becasue she was scared we were going to get hit. I was trying to stay calm and not show that I was nervous as well. I used the car horn like I was going to be in an accident pretty much the whole time I was there and it felt like it could happen at any moment.

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We rented a car the second day were there and met up with some friends of Mikaelas brother and then we went to the city center (Centro), and parked in a playa (which are parking places around Lima). We walked all over the city center and saw many cool buildings and old architecture. After being in Centro for a while we were hungry and went back to Callao where we were staying with some friends. Mika and I got my favorite dish Lomo Saltado and we decided to pay for their lunch as well and in total it ended up only being $17 which I found ridiculously cheap for 4 people to eat.

Later on, we drove to El Barranco (the cliff) and walked around that neighborhood which is more lively at night. It was fun seeing all the interesting people walking around and some crazies dancing humorously.

The second day we wanted to take it easier and wanted to go surfing at the beach Miraflores. The drive from Callao to Miraflores is different because it is right on the coast and has a lot of trash and rubble everywhere. Even though they are close to a pretty coastline it isn’t very well kept. The highway down to Miraflores is nice and they don’t drive as crazily over there. As we were driving from Callao to Miraflores the scenery gets progressively nicer, they are working on cleaning up the coastline and making it look more touristy I think. The surf there was pretty decent on the day we went and we decided to rent boards. We walked to many vendors and we asked them prices for a board for the day. Most of them are 20 Soles which is about 6 dollars but their selections are pretty limited and not very nice. We finally got one to lend us 2 boards for 30 Soles. We surfed for 2 or 3 hours and had a great time in the water.

 

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La Chilena enjoying the beach at Miraflores

 

On the way back to the airport before we returned the car there were 4 legal lanes of traffic which was then funneled into 5 by local traffic. We were bumper to bumper for about 15 minutes and I was very liberal with the horn when taxis or buses tried to steal my spot.

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Post Graduation, What Do I Do NOW?

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Finally Graduated from BYU-Hawaii

As I am sitting here contemplating the last week or so time has gone by too quickly! I know I have been terrible about being consistent in my posts, but in my defense we are in between moving and I just graduated from 4 years of school at a University! Let me have a little break!

 

These last 2 weeks have been great, my parents came out to Hawaii for my graduation and we were able to stay in Honolulu for a week near the Honolulu Zoo. My wife and I feel that we have gained about 10 lbs from the excessive food consumption my parents were forcing us to eat.

Mika likes to call my mom superwoman because whenever she travels she goes HARD! She doesn’t sleep until she has seen everything possible in one day. My dad on the other hand likes to be more relax on vacations while my mom forces him to go out and adventure.

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Sunset Pillbox Hike with my parents on the North Shore of Oahu

My parents flew in earlier than expected (flying standby) because it was easier for them to get to Hawaii on those dates. We picked them up from the airport on a Wednesday night and showed them around Laie. Then on Thursday morning I took my last final and we went up to the North Shore to show them some of our favorite places there. We drove up to Ehukai Beach Park (most people know it as Banzaii Pipeline) and my friend and I went surfing at the Ehukai Sandbar. After surfing we  got food and pies from Ted’s Bakery. Then we went on our first hike all together. The Sunset Pillbox Hike is a short 30-45 minute hike (depending on pace) that I have done several times and enjoy the views of the seven mile miracle and many famous surf breaks from up above.

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La Chilena enjoying the rain in Honolulu

 

El gringo difícil, caminata en West Side Whytecliff Park, Canada

Al parecer es mi turno de escribir de nuestra segunda caminata ya que el  cuenta la historia obviamente a su gusto. Bueno fuimos a Whytecliff Park que se encuentra cerca de Horseshoe Bay en West Vancouver, El parque es perfecto para asados con la familia o amigos, es super limpio y es bien popular para hacer buceo.

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Mi esposo me invito a ir a este lugar con amigos (el ya estaba en camino para alla) y yo vivia en North Vancouver, no tenia auto y estaba como a 1 hora y 30 minuntos aproximadamente de aquel lugar y en ese momento nosotros estabamos saliendo y uno como mujer le gusta que un hombre muestre pequeños detalles de que le importas, lo cual para este gringo fue algo difícil al principio. Retomando la historia (cuando ya baje del autobus que era la ultima parada que llegaba el autobus) tenia que caminar como 20 minutos para llegar al parque no me molesto caminar, porque me encanta caminar fue solo que al estar sola en un lugar desconocido y uno no sabe con quien se encontrara en el camino sentia un poco de nervios, entonces te aconsejo que vayas en auto es mucho mas rapido y no tienes que tomar 2 buses para llegar; y tambien me enfadé que mi esposo que en aquel momento estaba saliendo con el no me fuera a buscar ya sea caminando  supo que se equivoco y pidio disculpas ahahah.

bueno lo mas importante es que lo pasamos genial ese dia y una de las cosas que el me hizo hacer fue saltar de un acantilado, no lo habia hecho nunca y me demore como 1 hora para saltar, sentí mucha adrenalida y me dolió el trasero cuando choque con el agua pero apesar de todo lo pase bien y pude conquistar y coquetear mas con mi futuro esposo. ahahah

 

No Latinas Left Behind! Hike in Deep Cove to Quarry Rock. Our Second Adventure.

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This whole blog thing is still very new to me and even though it may not seem difficult for some people I find it difficult to organize my thoughts and write about things we have done. With that being said we have been able to do a lot of fun things since we started dating. Our second adventure was visiting Deep Cove and doing a hike up to Quarry Rock which is a part of the Baden Powell Trail. It is a short hike through a forest and once you reach the top there is a great lookout over Deep Cove and is a great place to go during the summer.

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Quarry Rock, Deep Cove Vancouver BC

The first time we hiked it Mika was mad at me because I went off ahead and didn’t accompany her the whole trail, I was used to going ahead of other people because I enjoy hiking quickly and arriving to the destination quickly, which I learned I would no longer be able to do with a LATINA! She told me that she was not like other Gringas (white girls) and that I would have to stay with her or she wouldn’t go on hikes with me anymore. I learned quickly and slowed my pace down on the way back.

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Deep Cove

As you can see the views are great from Quarry Rock. If you want advice on how to get to Quarry Rock quickly, send me an email or reach out to me on social media for shortcut info!

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Love found in the least expected place. Our First Adventure to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge!

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It all started out in Vancouver Canada, I was in Canada doing an internship with a company based out of Richmond BC. Two weeks after I arrived I met beautiful my wife, Mikaela at a church event. She had moved to North Vancouver from Chile and was living at her aunts house studying English. I had learned Spanish while being a missionary in Uruguay and was watching Mika from afar, thinking of what I could say to this attractive girl so I could talk to her. Eventually I got the courage to walk over to the group of people she was talking to and started talking to her. I did one of the most embarrassing things of my life, I got too excited or nervous and some of my saliva hit her in the face! She just laughed it off and I was bright red and then somehow I got her number.

I began to talk to her over Whatsapp, which is really popular in South America, and I sent her a message making sure she got home alright. I invited her to go Latin Dancing (Bachata,Salsa, Merengue) with me and after that we went on other dates. I really enjoy being outdoors and doing adventurous things so one Saturday we went on our first hike together at Lynn Canyon Park. It has an awesome suspension bridge that extends 157 feet and is 164 feet above the ground and is surrounded by thick forest and great views. After our first hike we went on several more and became an official couple July 24th 2015. I finished my internship and had to go back to school in Hawaii but we decided to do a long distance relationship because we both felt good about it all.

I did a full semester of school in Hawaii all the while Skyping my future wife Mika and then decided I wanted to go back to Canada because I was sick of doing long distance. I decided to continue my schooling taking two online classes from my same school and then I traveled down to South America to visit friends and see new places. After traveling for about 2 weeks with my mom in Peru, Uruguay, and Chile I went back to Utah for a little bit before moving to Canada to be close to my Polola (Chilean slang for girlfriend). I had found love in the least expected place and in a short amount of time.