March 2, 2019
Our last day in Chile was one for the books! A big group of our expat friends we made had planned a trip to the beach in Algarrobo. We didn’t need to be at the airport until 9:30 pm, so we figured to make our last day super memorable and go!
Brandon and I realized on our way into the beach that our first weekend in Chile was spent in Algarrobo and so was our last. We remember finding the Lider (Walmart) in this small beach town, and stocking up on some groceries and gratefully finding chips for our phones to work. We saw that same Lider on our last day, but this time, we had 6 weeks of Chilean experiences in our hearts. We ate at the same random food truck on the side on our first day and our last. Our trip really had come full circle!
Instead of swimming at the world’s largest swimming pool, we went to the beach! This beach was so beautiful. We had to take a short walk through the forest and then we beheld aqua waters and white sands. We spent our day playing in the sand, catching crabs and chatting! We couldn’t have asked for a better last day!
I’m so grateful for the sweet friends we all made! It’s amazing to go to a new part of the world and be able to find friends so easily because of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The Jones family so kindly offered to have us come back to their apartment in El Golf to shower and eat pizza before our flight. Such a simple way to serve us, but it meant the world to be clean and fed before our 24-hour trip home.
It was bittersweet saying goodbye. We knew we wouldn’t see these friends for a long time, if ever and we definitely left a little piece of our hearts in Chile. But we looked forward to our friends back home, a car to drive, having clean, drinkable water from the sink, and having the kids go back to school. (Homeschooling was more challenging that I thought it would be) .
Me and Lisa Kern
Evelyn and Evelyn… one year apart!
Evelyn and Lucy Kern.
Brittany Larson showed all the kids how to catch tiny crabs.