Figured since I’m about to come home from my fourth trip to Chile, I should post pictures from the last one.
Not gonna lie, the most exciting that happened to me when I traveled to La Serena in March was finding a grocery store that I LOVE. And not just because there’s an adorable elephant outside.
Seriously, this grocery store is not overwhelmingly ginormous like the other one, but it has a solid international section that makes this gringa so, so happy (Pretzel crisps! Hummus! McCormick taco seasoning! Soy sauce! Bonne maman jam!).
Since we were there for two weeks, my coworkers and I spent some time over the weekend exploring around Coquimbo, the port town right next to La Serena. I found some rocks to scramble on and most definitely didn’t do anything remotely dangerous on a business trip. Also, while I was driving us back from Coquimbo, my coworker insisted on navigating via the map in the Pokemon Go app so he could catch pokemon on the way, which turns out is NOT ACCURATE. We might or might not have started going the wrong way down a one-way street and caused a bit of a ruckus. Just a little one though.
As per usual, the weekdays were spent at the observatory doing important things like stargazing and birdwatching and bunny-chasing and watching the sunset from various locations.
We also did some real work while we were there, mostly installing nitrogen lines (i.e. cutting a shitton of stainless steel pipe and torquing a million compression fittings).