I know we have mentioned the little town Combarbala. We’ve been there several times on P-day. It is located higher up the mountains where they have lots of mining. The air is dry and arid thus making visibility keen. Chile is well-known for their observatories. A few months ago on a previous trip there we stayed late into the night hours and toured the observatory. We loved seeing the planets. Saturn’s rings were especially neat. We learned a little about the constellations in the southern hemisphere.
Combarbala has a beautiful old Catholic church right next to the town plaza. It is in need of repairs but that only made it more interesting to peek inside. The small feria (like a little flea market in the street) was fun to visit. You can purchase handmade articles or pickled cauliflower and fresh produce. We bought some apricots and cherries. We also saw some pretty good deals on base-ball caps that had “Falcons of Atlanta” embroidered along with a bowl-game & date. Probably these caps were either left-overs that never sold or the caps they had PRE-made in case the Falcons won the game, but when they didn’t they got sold off cheap. If you ever wonder where many of the old things you contribute to charities or Goodwill etc. end up it could well be here! I’ve seen so many peach/mauve/blue painted wooden geese and ducks and birdhouses from the 1980’s for sale on the streets (literally—not even a table to set them on) for sale here.
We usually stop for Almuerzo while we’re out. Typical lunches here begin with Pan (bread). Then arrives the salad (normally they do NOT mix them, but rather set the vegetables on your plate). You will find sliced tomatoes (pealed of course) next to a few slices of avocado, next to shredded lettuce, and maybe a few beets. Next up is ‘carne’ either pork or chicken served with rice or noodles. That’s it. We usually get some type of juice such as Watts’ apricot drink.
We stopped to locate a bathroom on our way out of town. We asked at the catholic ‘rectory’ or office next to the church and the employee let us use theirs. Have you ever shared a bathroom with a coffin?
Here is a photo of a man selling weed in Combarbala:
Recently, we found another interesting church on a Cliff overhanging the ocean. It is an ‘open air’ church. It was locked but we took a picture thru the window/hole.