Hello from the South! The majority of what we've done so far on this vacation is rest, but we're having a great time doing it. Our SimplyChile apartment is lovely, and the Bellavista neighborhood is just what I would have ordered-- funky and delicious. As David S would say, "Well I'm just tickled."
One thing that overwhelmed me yesterday was that every store we passed on the way to lunch was filled with unique and creative handicrafts. I haven't had an inkling to buy something since we moved to Peru, I think, because most of what we have there is more junky, mass-produced in China or something. In the end I've only bought this necklace so far, but I think I'll dive into my Christmas shopping next!
And finally, last night we went out for Asian food in our own neighborhood and ended up at a real (good) surprise-- Etniko. In addition to sushi, the restaurant also had Thai food (my two favorites)! I've had lots of sushi in Peru but I haven't had Thai since the US, really. Scrumptious! I hope to go back for more before we leave. Adding to its intrigue, the restaurant was so exclusively cool that we only found it because I knew the street address and had already read that you had to ring the doorbell to get in. On our first walk down the street, we walked right by it without noticing. No windows, the faintest bit of a sign. Now that I look back at the reviews this morning, I see that it has a reputation of being the hippest thing in town right now.