Road Trip to La Serena

11 Jun

I’m still recovering from the trip the hubby and I took yesterday. We went to La Serena, a beach city 471 km (292 miles) north of Santiago. He had to meet up with someone at the hospital there for some work related stuff. The hubs thought it would be nice to make a mini trip for me as La Serena is a popular beach destination. I didn’t bargain for leaving at 5:30 in the morning. O.o

The skies didn’t start to lighten up until past 6:30am or so. After 5 hours of driving, including a couple of bathroom stops we finally arrived in La Serena at 10:30 in the morning. Interestingly, we managed to arrive just in time to witness a massive school bus demonstration. I have no idea what they were upset about. They were driving down the main street like a funeral procession. Interestingly, the police were helping to direct traffic and keep the driving peace. Random.

Spend a couple of hours at the local hospital. The hubby finished up his work stuff & we headed to the beach to take a quick look around. I’m told that this place is packed in the summer. Today with 55F degree weather, there was hardly a soul out there. I was kind of disconcerted by the sign I spotted at the beach.

Not a sign you really want to see….

We stopped by this place in a tiny city called Huentelauquen on the way back down for some cheese they’re famous for. (btw… Huentelauquen is pronounced when-teh-la-oo-ken. Say that 5 times fast~) We had some empanadas while being stared at by the local dog. >_<;; He of course having his doggy senses realized that I was an easy target and gave me his best sad dog eyes. Naturally I couldn’t take it and he got a little piece of my empanada.

A little further south of Huentelauquen was Pichidangui where my hubby and his family used to visit for vacationing when he was a kid. A quiet little seaside town. We were hoping to grab a fabulous seafood lunch here, but alas the restaurant was closed. Thankfully those cheese empanadas were pretty filling. Not only that, the fishermen hadn’t gone out to fish, so no local fresh seafood to take home either. :/ We did however go take a look at the shore… and oh MAN was it windy and cold. I mean WINDY and COLD! I could barely keep my balance to take a couple of photos of the rocky shoreline. The rest of the drive home was pretty damn windy. The gusts were pretty strong. At one point when driving over a bridge, a gust blew us a few feet over to the side. We got back home at about 5pm. Had dinner and I crashed out at 7:30.

If you’re interested, you can take a look at the rest of the photos I took HERE.


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