LOOK what I have in the first picture!! Real Chilean empanadas!! I don't know if you can tell how happy I am, but I seriously cried a little bit when Patricia handed me the plate. And then I cried again during the Chilean national anthem, and while watching the dance la cueca.
Soon after moving here, someone at church mentioned that there was a family in our congregation from Santiago. So, a couple of weeks ago I tracked Patricia down and introduced myself. Turns out she is from the exact area where I served for the last 9 months of my mission! We became instant friends, and when she invited me to this party for the dieciocho (the Chilean independence day), I could not have been more excited. I miss Chile, and I'm so glad to have found some great Chilean amigos!
|I promise my belly is way bigger than this in real life... almost 40 weeks here. SO happy to have empanadas!!|
|The kids liked them too!|
|The whole night, Faye kept asking for a "bite, bite."|
|The holiday is really a celebration of Chilean culture. This brought back so many great memories for me! Viva Chile!!|