We visited the little town of Dichato where the tsunami in 2010 occurred, and that was quite the humbling experience. Seeing giant boats crashed up upon the shore, crumbled streets, and houses that were completely taken out. I was impressed to see how quickly they had picked themselves up after something so devastating with new construction going on, but you could tell there was still a lot of work to do. Brad spoke with a lady who was there when the tsunami took place and it was crazy to hear about it first hand. I cannot even fathom it! Having everything taken from you in an instant, and having to start all over again – I will forever admire that lady’s strength.I feel so blessed to have been able to travel down to Chile – To see and experience where Brad served his LDS mission, to meet and spend time with his crazy fun Chilean family… Blessed is the only word I can think of to describe it. It has been such an adventure and I cannot wait to share more – video coming soon!
For months I had begged Brad that we need to get down to Chile – Right now seemed like the perfect timing since we don’t have kids yet and his grandparents that I’ve been dying to meet are starting to get pretty old. In December we took the leap and purchased the tickets and I am so thankful that we did! Brad’s Mom and Sister Natalie jumped on the train and purchased tickets to accompany us as well. 🙂 We went down to the southern part of Chile and explored some new beaches for a couple days – it was absolutely breath taking! It was my first time seeing the ocean in South America and it didn’t fall short of stunning. The water was so crystal blue, topped with what looked like miniature colorful boats dotting out to the horizon. It was so nice to get into the SUNSHINE – My poor little pale body was jumping for joy just to suck in a few rays! Brad’s cousin Paulita and I had a blast snapping photos walking alongside the beach, as Brad played fetch with some of his new doggy pals.